Photo: Martin Lerberg Fossum.Photo: Martin Lerberg Fossum

Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues opens

5/16/2011 // The annual United Nations forum on indigenous issues opened Monday with Mr. Ole Johan Eira performing a ceremonial joik, a unique form of cultural expression for the Sámi people

The Tenth Session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues opened today with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon noting that the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples finally has the consensus it deserves. 

- Now, we need to make the Declaration’s principles a reality, the Secretary-General said, stressing that protection and promoting the rights of indigenous peoples benefits us all.

The Norwegian delegation to this year’s UN conference consists of about 20 people. Spearheaded by President Egil Olli, President of The Sami Parliament of Norway, the main representative body for people of Sami heritage in Norway. Also attending are representatives from organizations like Galdu, the Norwegian Resource Centre for the Rights of Indigenous People, The Working Group of Indigenous Peoples in the Barents Euro-Arctic Region and Sami Pathfinder

More information on the program and agenda for this year's forum can be found here. The final day of the Forum on Indigenous Issues will be the 27th of May. 

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