• Our mission

    Our mission

    We work for a world where indigenous peoples’ voices are heard and their rights are implemented.
  • Our vision

    Our vision

    A world where all indigenous peoples fully enjoy their rights, participate and are consulted on decisions that affect their lives. We exist to ensure a world where indigenous peoples can sustain and develop their societies based on their own practices, priorities and visions.
  • We work through partnerships

    We work through partnerships

    Our partnerships with local organisations engage and empower indigenous peoples. We support network building and knowledge sharing, and we provide financial support and capacity development to indigenous peoples’ organisations and institutions.

About IWGIA

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

Since 1968, IWGIA has cooperated with indigenous peoples' 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 a local, regional and international level. To achieve our mission we provide documentation, support advocacy and empower indigenous peoples’ organisations and institutions via global partnerships. 

IWGIA was founded in 1968 by anthropologists alarmed about the ongoing genocide on indigenous peoples taking place in the Amazon. The aim was to establish a network of researchers and human right activists to document the situation of indigenous peoples and advocate for an improvement of their rights.

Today indigenous peoples from all over the world are involved in IWGIA's global network. Still, the key drivers for change in our work are documentation, empowerment and advocacy.

  • DOCUMENTATION

    We monitor and document the status of indigenous peoples’ rights and provide publications and fact-based evidence to fight human rights violations and promote indigenous peoples' rights.
  • EMPOWERMENT

    Our partnerships with local organisations engage and empower indigenous peoples. We support network building and knowledge sharing. We provide financial support and capacity development to indigenous peoples’ organisations and institutions.
  • ADVOCACY

    We advocate for indigenous peoples rights at the local, national, regional and international level. The aim is to bridge the gap between international declarations and principles and local legislation and policy processes.

Our mission

We work for a world where indigenous peoples’ voices are heard and their rights are implemented.

Our vision

A world where all indigenous peoples fully enjoy their rights, participate and are consulted on decisions that affect their lives. We exist to ensure a world where indigenous peoples can sustain and develop their societies based on their own practices, priorities and visions.

Our values

Integrity - Independence - Innovation - Urgency - Respect 

Partnerships 

Together with our partners we design and implement activities and projects for indigenous peoples’ organisations and institutions in order to connect local, regional and international demands.

We ensure that indigenous voices are heard by facilitating their participation in the UN system and in national dialogues. Our longstanding partnership with indigenous peoples organisations and human rights institutions has created a global network that inspires change through sharing of good practices and experiences.

  • OUR PATH TO CHANGE
  • OBSERVER STATUS
  • NETWORKS
  • ADVOCACY
  • OUR PATH TO CHANGE

    IWGIA works to empower indigenous peoples through documentation, capacity development and advocacy on a local, regional and international level.
  • OBSERVER STATUS

    IWGIA has consultative/observer status with the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), the International Labour Organization (ILO), UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the Arctic Council and the African Commission on Humans and Peoples' Rights (ACHPR) and the Green Climate Fund (GCF).
  • NETWORKS

    IWGIA is an active member of European networks and coalitions such as the European Network for Indigenous Peoples (ENIP), the Forum for Development Cooperation for Indigenous Peoples, the International Land Coalition (ILC), the Coalition of European Lobbies on Eastern African Pastoralism (CELEP) and the Working Group on Human Rights and Climate Change (WG HRCC).
  • ADVOCACY

    We advocate for indigenous peoples rights at the local, national, regional and international level. The aim is to bridge the gap between international declarations and principles and local legislation and policy processes.
  • OUR PATH TO CHANGE
  • OBSERVER STATUS
  • NETWORKS
  • ADVOCACY

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

Classensgade 11 E
DK 2100 Copenhagen
Denmark
Phone: (+45) 35 27 05 00
E-mail: iwgia@iwgia.org
CVR: 81294410