• We defend indigenous peoples

    We defend indigenous peoples

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

IWGIA's focus areas

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

Land rights

Loss of land and natural resources threaten the survival of indigenous peoples. IWGIA empowers indigenous peoples to operationalise territorial self-governance and advocate for securing their land rights. Read more about land rights here.

  • Territorial selfgovernance

    Territorial selfgovernance

    Land grabbing undermines the economic security, sociocultural cohesion and human dignity of indigenous peoples around the world. So, indigenous peoples’ lands are vulnerable for natural resource exploitation. IWGIA supports that indigenous peoples are empowered to claim territorial self-governance.

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  • Collective land rights

    Collective land rights

    Indigenous peoples often share collective land rights, but the ownership of land is not properly documented or officially recognised.
    Therefore indigenous peoples’ lands are vulnerable for natural resource exploitation.

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  • Land grabbing

    Land grabbing

    Land grabbing undermines the economic security, sociocultural cohesion
    and human dignity of indigenous peoples around the world.
    For indigenous peoples losing land means losing culture, history and identity.

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  • Territorial selfgovernance
  • Collective land rights
  • Land grabbing

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. Read more about global governance here.

  • Inclusion in global processes

    Inclusion in global processes

    The protection of indigenous peoples’ rights depends on their inclusion in processes that affect their lives and future.
    IWGIA supports indigenous peoples in accessing and benefiting from the UN system and global agendas.

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  • Regional human rights mechanisms

    Regional human rights mechanisms

    Indigenous peoples worldwide are organising themselves.
    IWGIA has promoted inclusion of indigenous peoples' rights in the
    Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) and the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights (ACHPR).

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  • Linking the local and the global

    Linking the local and the global

    The linking of international commitments and national laws and is one of the biggest challenges for indigenous peoples.
    IWGIA empowers indigenous peoples to flag their cases in relevant international forums and bring documentation to support their cases.

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  • Inclusion in global processes
  • Regional human rights mechanisms
  • Linking the local and the global

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. Read more about climate action here.

  • Global climate action

    Global climate action

    The Paris Agreement and the Global Goals provide new opportunities for indigenous peoples.
    IWGIA supports that the knowledge, experiences and rights of indigenous peoples will be
    truly uncluded in international climate action.

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  • Climate mitigation

    Climate mitigation

    Indigenous peoples live in our world’s most biodiversity-rich areas and rely on existing ecosystems.
    Climate change disrupts indigenous peoples’ way of living and damage their livelihoods.
    Indigenous peoples should, therefore, be heard and included in national climate action. And their contributions to climate mitigation should be acknowledged and respected.

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