On 22-23 June 2019, rights holders and audiences from across the world will come together in Bonn to zoom in on the transformative role of rights and rights-based approaches for securing a more just, sustainable and prosperous future for all. IWGIA will be present and co-host an event focusing on how we can mitigate the growing criminalisation of indigenous rights defenders.
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After a long consultation process, IWGIA members voted on not adopting a new call name, thus keeping the original acronym of International Work Group for Indigenous Affairs.
As you may know, last year we started a discussion about changing the name of our organisation, International Work Group for Indigenous Affairs. During the process, hundreds of people took an active part in selecting their preferred name option, but we also faced criticism from a number of people for the process and the two names suggested. For that reason the IWGIA Board has rebooted the process. Below Chairman Knud Vilby explains why and what will happen now.
Press release: On 24 April 2019, at the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues in New York, IWGIA will release The Indigenous World 2019, an extensive, one-of-a-kind yearbook presenting a comprehensive, global overview of the developments indigenous peoples’ experience.
At least 43 percent of the 7,000 languages spoken in the world today are endangered. Many of these belong to indigenous peoples and if something doesn't change soon, UNESCO predicts that we will lose as many as 3,000 indigenous languages by the end of this century. In an effort to raise public awareness of this threat to the world's cultural and linguistic diversity, the UN General Assembly has proclaimed 2019 to be the International Year of Indigenous Languages. Read this page to get more information about the status of indigenous languages and why it is important to preserve them.