IWGIA is a global human rights organisation dedicated to promoting, protecting and defending indigenous peoples’ rights.

Since 1968, IWGIA has cooperated with indigenous organisations and international institutions to promote recognition and implementation of the rights of indigenous peoples. IWGIA works to empower indigenous peoples through documentation, capacity development and advocacy on local, regional and international level.

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  • Interviews about indigenous autonomies
  • The Indigenous World 2019
  • Indigenous rights defenders at risk
  • International Year of Indigenous Languages
  • Support indigenous peoples' rights
  • Interviews about indigenous autonomies

    Video-interviews, indigenous autonomy cases and an outcome document from the international seminar "Right to Autonomy and Indigenous Self-Government as a manifestation of the Right to Self-Determination of Indigenous Peoples" held in Mexico, March 2019.

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  • The Indigenous World 2019

    The Indigenous World 2019 is now available

    The Indigenous World is a one-of-a-kind documentation tool, that offers a comprehensive yearly overview of the developments indigenous peoples experience around the world.

    The Indigenous World 2019 includes 62 country reports and 13 reports on international processes

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  • Indigenous rights defenders at risk

    Intensifying global competition over natural resources increasingly makes indigenous communities, who act to protect their traditional lands and territories, targets of persecution by State and non-State actors.

    Recent reports documents an alarming increase in violent attacks against and criminalisation of indigenous peoples defending their rights to their traditional lands and natural resources.

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  • International Year of Indigenous Languages

    The UN General Assembly has proclaimed 2019 to be the International Year of Indigenous Languages. UNESCO predicts that we will lose as many as 3,000 indigenous languages by the end of this century if nothing is done to prevent this. Read this page to get more information about the status of indigenous languages and why it is important to preserve them.

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  • Support indigenous peoples' rights

    Support our work to promote and protect indigenous peoples' rights by becoming a member of IWGIA for 30 euros annually. As a member you are invited to our bi-annual members meeting and you will be able to run for - and vote on - members of the board.

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IWGIA'S WORK

We focus on defending indigenous peoples’ land rights, promoting inclusion in climate action and participation in local and international decision-making processes.

Land rights

Land rights

Loss of land and natural resources threaten the survival of indigenous peoples.
IWGIA empowers indigenous peoples to operationalize territorial self-governance and advocate for securing land rights.

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Climate action

Climate action

Indigenous peoples worldwide face the direct consequences of climate change.
IWGIA promotes the inclusion of indigenous peoples in global, national and local climate action.

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Global governance

Global governance

The future of indigenous peoples depends on their inclusion in processes that affect their lives. IWGIA supports indigenous peoples in benefiting from human rights mechanisms and the UN system.

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LATEST UPDATES

IWGIA shares news, alerts, briefing notes, studies, and reports made by our team of experts and partners. Once a year, IWGIA publishes a global report on indigenous peoples’ rights. Under the news section you will also find facts on indigenous peoples. Click here to view more.

About IWGIA

IWGIA - International Work Group for Indigenous Affairs - is a global human rights organisation dedicated to promoting, protecting and defending indigenous peoples’ rights. Read more.

Indigenous World

IWGIA's global report, the Indigenous World, provides an update of the current situation for indigenous peoples worldwide. The Indigenous World 2019.

Contact IWGIA

Prinsessegade 29 B, 3rd floor
DK 1422 Copenhagen
Denmark
Phone: (+45) 53 73 28 30
E-mail: iwgia@iwgia.org
CVR: 81294410

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