17 April 2009
Representatives of the three United Nations Mechanisms with specific mandates regarding the rights of indigenous peoples welcomed Australia’s decision in a joint statement which said in part:
"The Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples was adopted by the UN General Assembly by an overwhelming majority of Member States in September 2007, with only four States voting against. We are pleased that Australia, as one of the four States originally voting against the adoption of the Declaration, today joins the ranks of States supporting the principles and rights enshrined in the Declaration.
The rights recognized in the Declaration constitute the minimum standards for the survival, dignity and well-being of the indigenous peoples of the world."