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News, 4/28/2017

Finland at the 16th session of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues

The UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues assembles again in New York.

Suomen delegaatio sekä suomensaamelaiset osallistujat alkuperäiskansafoorumissa, kuvassa Ann-Mari Fröberg, Petra Laiti, Kai Sauer, Tuomas Aslak Juuso, Inka-Saara Arttijeff, Asko Välimaa, Johanna Suurpää, Pasi Pöysäri, Anne Nuorgam ja Helena Vuokko.
Finland’s delegation and Sámi representatives at the Forum. From left: Ann-Mari Fröberg, Petra Laiti, Kai Sauer, Tuomas Aslak Juuso, Inka-Saara Arttijeff, Asko Välimaa, Johanna Suurpää, Pasi Pöysäri, Anne Nuorgam ja Helena Vuokko.

Finland’s delegation was led by Asko Välimaa, Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Justice of Finland. In his statement he addressed the situation of the Sámi people in Finland.

– Finland is committed to ensure, that the Sámi, as an Indigenous People, can implement their constitutional right to maintain and develop their own language and culture, Välimaa said.

He also highlighted the special position indigenous peoples have at the Arctic.

– the preparations for the chairmanship of the Arctic Council starting in May 2017 Finland has taken into account the unique role that Indigenous Peoples have in Arctic cooperation.

Oikeusministeriön kansliapäällikkö Asko Välimaa korosti Suomen yleiskokous-puheenvuorossa sitä, että YK:n alkuperäiskansojen oikeuksien julistus vaalii jatkuvaa ja sitoutunutta työskentelyä kaikilta jäsenmailta.
In Finland’ statement the Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Justice Asko Välimaa highlighted , that fulfilling the objectives of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples  requires continuous and consistent work both nationally and internationally from all Member States.

Ambassador Kai Sauer acts as one of the advisers for the President of the General Assembly Peter Thomson in the General Assembly consultations concerning ways to enable Indigenous Peoples’ representatives and institutions participation in UN meetings in matters affecting them. 

Kuva: Hanna Asikainen
Suomen ja Meksikon järjestämässä sivutapahtumassa puhunut Global Indigenous Youth Caucusin edustaja Dali Angel muistutti, että myös alkuperäiskansoihin kuuluvien nuorten äänet ovat tärkeitä. ”On tärkeää, että myös me nuoret pääsemme esittämään suosituksiamme.”
In the side-event organized by Finland and Mexico, the representative of Global Indigenous Youth Caucus Dali Angel reminded, that also the voices of the indigenous youth needs to be heard. “We need to give indigenous youth a chance to voice their recommendations."

Read the statements made by Arto Välimaa and the joint statement by the Nordic countries:

Statement by Asko Välimaa at the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (16th session, Item 8: : Tenth Anniversary of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples: measures taken to implement the Declaration) 24 April 2017

Statement by Asko Välimaa at the High-Level Event of the General Assembly to mark the Tenth Anniversary of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, 25 April 2017

Joint statement by the Nordic Countries, held by Pasi Pöysäri, at the 16th session of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues: Follow-up on the recommendations of the Permanent Forum: (Item 3) (a) Empowerment of Indigenous women, (b) Indigenous Youth, 27 April 2017

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Updated 4/28/2017


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