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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  • 50 years defending indigenous peoples' rights
  • 50 years defending indigenous peoples' rights
  • 50 years defending indigenous peoples' rights
  • 50 years defending indigenous peoples' rights
  • 50 years defending indigenous peoples' rights

    There are an estimated 370 million indigenous people and they account for 5% of the world's population and represent more than 5,000 communities and speak at least 4,000 different languages.

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  • 50 years defending indigenous peoples' rights

    During the last 50 years, the recognition og indigenous peoples' rights has seen some great progress on the international level with the establishment of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) in 2002 and the adoption of United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in 2007.

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  • 50 years defending indigenous peoples' rights

    However, the violence against indigenous peoples has increased in the last decades. The year of 2017 broke all previous records as four indigenous activists were killed every week and indigenous communities experience an increased criminalization and violation.

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  • 50 years defending indigenous peoples' rights

    This development makes IWGIA's work of supporting indigenous peoples' rights as important as ever before. For our 50 years jubilee we have therefore made a conference with the theme "Defending the Defenders - New Alliances for Protecting Indigenous peoples' Rights". Click beneath and read more about indigenous peoples.

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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. Download here.

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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