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