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ICC at indigenous people's meeting in UN

PRESS RELEASE May 19, 2011

Inuit Circumpolar Council, ICC, is participating again this year at the tenth session of UN Permanent Forum in New York. Aqqaluk Lynge, the Chair of ICC and Sara Olsvig, Executive Director of the ICC Head Office is attending the first week, while Hjalmar Dahl, Executive Council member attend the second week. In addition Kirt Ejesiak, ICC Canada and Tatiana Achirgina, ICC Chukotka are attending as well.

The new members of the Permanent Forum were introduced yesterday, including Dr. Dalee S. Dorough, an Inuk from Alaska who will be representing the Arctic over the next three years.

Aqqaluk Lynge presented on behalf of the Arctic peoples a statement last Monday, on behalf of ICC and the Saami Council. In the statement the recently concluded Arctic Council Ministerial Meeting in Nuuk was mentioned, as well as the new declaration from ICC about resource development.

At this year's Permanemt Forum session hundreds of delegates from indigenous peoples organizations worldwide are participating, as well as about half of the UN member states. Thus, the Forum is again the place to exchange succesful experiences and knowledge of the situations of indigenous peoples globally. This year's session is making a status on the work of the Permanent Forum, yet there is a special focus on industrial development and resource exploitation in the territories of indigenous peoples. The Permanent Forum session lasts from May 16 to May 27.