The UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples was adopted by the UN General Assembly (UNGA) in September 2007. In a first for international law, the rights bearers, indigenous peoples, played a pivotal role in the negotiations on its content, and many of them are co-authors of this book.
Charters, C. and R. Stavenhagen (Eds). Making the Declaration Work: The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Copenhagen, Denmark: IWGIA, 2009
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.
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.
Editors, Dr Claire Charters (Ngāti Whakaue, Tuwharetoa, Ngāpuhi and Tainui) and Rodolfo Stavenhagen have drawn together contributors 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.
This publication is part of the series Te Takarangi: Celebrating Māori publications - a sample list of 150 non-fiction books produced by a partnership between Royal Society Te Apārangi and Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga.