Projects by Region


Securing Land Ownership Rights for Indigenous Communities in Mexico and Central and South America – Indian tribes in Mexico and in Central and South America are treated terribly almost everywhere.  The most important thing we can do to help them is to help them protect and hold on to their lands –... learn more
Multilateral development banks (MDBs) and some national development banks play a central role in the approval of large-scale development projects, such as dams and forestry initiatives, which have had devastating effects on indigenous peoples and other local communities. The Center works to ensure... learn more
As part of global climate negotiations, the world’s leaders recognized that deforestation is one of the leading causes of climate change, and launched a program to protect forests in developing countries. REDD+, which stands for Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation, allows... learn more
On June 15, 2016, after nearly 30 years of advocacy and negotiation, the Organization of American States (OAS) adopted the American Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. The OAS is a regional intergovernmental organization of 35 member countries of the Americas, including the United... learn more
The Center's best known work is our 30 years of organizing and advocacy to win adoption of  the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.  The Declaration was adopted by the UN General Assembly in 2007.  The Declaration proclaims an historic body of collective rights and human rights of... learn more
On September 22 and 23, 2014, the United Nations held the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples in order to share perspectives and best practices on the realization of the rights of indigenous peoples, including to pursue the objectives of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.... learn more