• Our mission

    Our mission

    We promote and defend Indigenous Peoples' rights.
  • Our vision

    Our vision

    A world where Indigenous Peoples everywhere fully enjoy their internationally recognised rights.
  • The Indigenous World 2023
  • IWGIA i Danmark
  • Volunteer with IWGIA
  • Indigenous women
  • Chittagong Hill Tracts: Indigenous Peoples Still at Serious Risk
  • Support Indigenous Peoples' rights
  • The Indigenous World 2023

    The Indigenous World 2023 is out now!

    Click here to get the book and all previous editions.

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  • IWGIA i Danmark

    IWGIA laver forskellige aktiviteter i Danmark om oprindelige folks rettigheder. Vi laver f.eks. events på Folkemødet på Bornholm, Klimafolkemødet i Middelfart og til Talk Town festivalen i København.

    Vores frivilliggruppe er åben for nye medlemmer.

    Læs mere om, hvor du kan møde os.

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  • Volunteer with IWGIA

    "Roots of the World" ("Verdens Rødder" in Danish) is IWGIA’s volunteer group in Denmark.

    We are curious about Indigenous Peoples, their cultural practices and political battles. We emphasise educating ourselves and spreading knowledge on Indigenous Peoples in diverse contexts.

    Anybody can join.

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  • Indigenous women

    In a world where one in three women experiences violence, where women do not have an equal say in decisions affecting their lives and where the predominant view on women in many cases is sexist and discriminatory – it is necessary that we all pull our weight to improve the situation.

    IWGIA is committed to contributing to this struggle and convinced that a lot can be achieved because Indigenous women are powerful changemakers despite the multi-dimensional challenges they face.

    Visit our page dedicated to Indigenous women to see our resources available.

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  • Chittagong Hill Tracts: Indigenous Peoples Still at Serious Risk

    On 2 December 1997, the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) Peace Accord was signed, giving hope for lasting peace and development for the Indigenous Peoples of the CHT. However, more than 25 years later, Indigenous Peoples in the CHT in Bangladesh have experienced little to no peace or development and face continuous eviction.

    Find our CHT resources on our dedicated page here.

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  • Support Indigenous Peoples' rights

    Support our work to promote, protect and defend Indigenous Peoples' rights by becoming an IWGIA member or making a donation.

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About IWGIA

IWGIA - International Work Group for Indigenous Affairs - is a global human rights organisation dedicated to promoting 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, and support the advocacy and empowerment of Indigenous Peoples’ organisations and institutions via global partnerships. 

IWGIA was founded in 1968 by anthropologists alarmed about the ongoing genocide of 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.

In 1989, IWGIA obtained Observer NGO status at the United Nations and uses this, among other interventions, to facilitate access on the part of Indigenous Peoples’ organisations that would not otherwise be able to participate.

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, supporting empowerment and advocacy.

Every year since 1986, IWGIA has published The Indigenous World, a yearbook that provides unique insights into and updates on the development of Indigenous Peoples’ rights. You can download all editions of The Indigenous World for free here >>

Our mission

We promote and defend Indigenous Peoples’ rights.

Our vision

A world where all Indigenous Peoples fully enjoy their internationally recignised rights.

Our values

Trust, honesty and respect - Integrity and transparency - Accountability - Independence - Urgency 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.

  • Observer status and expert member
  • Networks across the globe
  • Observer status and expert member

    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 and the Green Climate Fund (GCF). IWGIA has observer status with the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights (ACHPR). IWGIA staff served from 2002 until 2020 as an expert member of the Working Group on Indigenous Populations/Communities (WGIP) of the African Commission.
  • Networks across the globe

    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).
  • Observer status and expert member
  • Networks across the globe

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About IWGIA

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

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Indigenous World

IWGIA's global report, the Indigenous World, provides an update of the current situation for Indigenous Peoples worldwide. Read The Indigenous World.

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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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