Dr. Stamatopoulou is the Chief of the Secretariat of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, which is part of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Division for Social Policy and Development at the UN. She has worked for over 21 years with the UN, having held many human rights related posts including, deputy director of the New York Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and Chief of the UN Center for Human Rights in New York. In 2002 she took a sabbatical leave to conduct a study of cultural rights as a visiting scholar at Columbia University's Human Rights Institute, the result of which is a book, Cultural Rights in International Law, which will be published next year. Dr. Stamatopoulou has also served as the UN High Commissioner's representative to the UN Development Group, and as the Chair of the group's ad hoc committees on the right to development and working group on human rights. As the Secretary of the United Nations Working Groups of the Commission on Human Rights and its Sub-Commission and of the General Assembly, she has participated in the drafting of the following international human rights instruments: the draft declaration on the rights of indigenous peoples; the Convention against Torture and Other Degrading Treatment or Punishment; the Convention on the Rights of Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families; the Declaration on the Rights of Persons Belonging to National, Ethnic, Religious or Linguistic Minorities, and the Declaration on the Rights of Persons who are not Citizens in the Country in which they Live.