Indigenous peoples' rights   |   UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples


Making the Declaration Work
The United Nations Declaration
on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

Edited by Claire Charters and Rodolfo Stavenhagen
Published by IWGIA*, December 2009.
ISBN 9788791563614

"This publication is an absolutely invaluable resource for anyone interested in the development and the potential of the UN Declaration" Peace Movement Aotearoa

"The UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples is a culmination of a centuries-long struggle by indigenous peoples for justice. It is an important new addition to UN human rights instruments in that it promotes equality for the world's indigenous peoples and recognizes their collective rights. This book tells the story of the Declaration from the inside, detailing its history, negotiations, content and broader significance.

The Declaration is the fruition of the work of scores of individuals over more than 25 years of protracted and intense negotiations. In a first for multi-lateral human rights negotiations, indigenous peoples, as rights-bearers, sat alongside UN and governmental leaders and diplomats, driving the recognition of their rights under international law.

The authors of this collective book, of interest to the specialist as well as the general public, were for many years intimately involved in the Declaration process. It tells the story of the Declaration from the inside, detailing its history, negotiations, content and broader significance. Contributions come from the world over ranging from indigenous activists, to members of the Human Rights Council and its various working groups and mechanisms, as well as UN and governmental officials who engineered the process from beginning to end. "

  • How you can get a copy
  • We now have a limited number of copies of the second print run of Making the Declaration Work available on a 'first come, first served' basis at reduced rates for indigenous and non-governmental organisations - these copies are more expensive than the first print run as we need to cover the cost of bulk post from Europe. There is therefore a sliding scale of price per book as follows:

    • Institutional rate (including NGOs with an annual income of more than $30,000) - $25 each
    • NGOs with an annual income of less than $30,000 - $20 each
    • Marae, hapu and other Maori not-for-profit organisations - $10 each
    • Students - $5 each

    Payment by cheque: please post this form with your cheque (payable to 'Peace Movement Aotearoa') to Peace Movement Aotearoa, PO Box 9314, Wellington 6141.

    Payment by direct credit: please email Peace Movement Aotearoa with the subject heading 'Declaration book order' for the account details.

    A receipt including the GST component (for domestic post only) will be sent with all orders.

    Alternatively, you can download a copy of the publication.

    * IWGIA (International Work Group for Indigenous Affairs) is an international human rights organization which supports indigenous peoples around the world.


    UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples   |   Peace Movement Aotearoa