State of the World’s Indigenous Peoples on Implementing the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

State of the World’s Indigenous Peoples, Volume IV, Implementing the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous PeoplesThe United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) has been in place for more than a decade. Has it made a difference? What kind of impact has it had on the survival, dignity and well-being of indigenous peoples. How has it been used? What can be learned from the many ways in which it has been applied and from the obstacles encountered? What gaps and challenges still exist that may be preventing the full implementation of the Declaration? What is the way forward to realize the full potential and promise of the Declaration? These are the questions this publication seeks to explore. This edition of the State of the World’s Indigenous Peoples (SOWIP) constitutes a status report.

It offers a perspective on how the Declaration has been utilized—as a formal United Nations document defining and elaborating aspirations, duties and obligations but also as a source of inspiration and a tool for advocacy and awareness. This report highlights trends and good practices in the application of the Declaration but also identifies gaps and challenges hindering full and effective implementation. Drawing on these trends and lessons, the publication also presents recommendations on the way forward in implementing the commitments of the Declaration in pursuit of the full realization of the rights of the millions of indigenous peoples all over the world.

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