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.


  • The Indigenous World 2018
  • The Indigenous World 2018

    The rising tensions between states and indigenous peoples are reaching a tipping point and The Indigenous World 2018 adds to the documented records, highlighting the increase in attacks and killings of indigenous peoples while defending their lands. 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 book also serves as inspiration to raise global awareness of the rights of indigenous peoples, their struggles, their worldviews and their resilience.



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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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.


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. Download here.

Contact IWGIA

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

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