Norway would like to thank you for the comprehensive and enlightened introduction to the preparation process so far.
Norway has actively supported the resolutions of the General Assembly and the Human Rights Council on indigenous issues (A/RES/65/198 and A/HRC/18/L.23). These resolutions highlight that the preparatory process for the World Conference on indigenous peoples should be conducted in partnership between Member States and indigenous peoples.
It is positive that indigenous peoples have made efforts to organize themselves in an open and representative process, through the global coordinating group, in order to participate in the upcoming preparatory process.
Norway welcomes the appointment of Mr. John Bernhard Henriksen, a representative of the Sami Parliament in Norway, by the President of the General Assembly to conduct inclusive informal consultations together with Ambassador de Alba.
The global coordinating group, that elected Mr. Henriksen as the indigenous representative, has been established independently from Governmental involvement. This independent process underscores the role of Mr. Henriksen as a true representative of indigenous peoples.
We want to take this opportunity to congratulate Ambassador de Alba and Mr. Henriksen on their important roles in the process of conducting inclusive, informal consultations on behalf of the President of the General Assembly. We are confident that their able leadership will ensure a constructive and positive process.
We would like to inform you that Norway has contributed UDS 100 000 to the UN Voluntary Fund for Indigenous Populations for 2012. This contribution is to secure a wider participation of indigenous peoples’ representatives to UN meetings dealing with the preparatory discussions towards the World Conference in 2014, including here at the Permanent Forum and at the EMRIP in July.