VIDEO: Advancing the Rights of Indigenous People
Representatives from national human rights organizations in the Asia Pacific region, indigenous peoples' organizations and international human rights experts talk about implementing the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. ©2013 Asia Pacific Forum (English only)

— Abstract

Since its inception, development has been the province of government officials and private experts focused on bringing “progress” to targeted areas. As development practice spread globally, the world’s indigenous peoples and other new actors emerged to contest both its goals and methods. A campaign to make their voices heard in international fora culminated when in 2007 the U.N. adopted the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. This declaration offers a normative basis for indigenous peoples to act from a position of co-authorship in the definition of what typically was a transgression more than progress or development. The Declaration requires UN agencies and states to consider indigenous communities cultural values in the planning and execution of development projects.

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