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Representatives of the Sámi and Inuit agree to issue an Arctic Declaration after two days of meetings in Nuuk, October 23 and 24

Press release Nuuk, October 25, 2012

Yesterday, October 24, on United Nations Day, the representatives of Saami and Inuit have agreed on an Arctic Declaration regarding the UN Conference on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in 2014, during their preparatory meeting in Nuuk, organized by the Inuit Circumpolar Council.

"I am pleased that we have achieved this result - now we have a good basis for our preparations for the conference in 2014 from the Arctic region", says ICC Greenland's vice president Hjalmar Dahl.

The Declaration resulting from the preparatory meeting contains eight sections relating to indigenous peoples' right to self-determination, rights to their territories, countries, waters, resources, traditional lifestyles, industrial exploitation of resources, and the objectives of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

The final document of the Declaration also includes rights to culture, language, education, and health conditions. It also includes the rights of indigenous peoples across national borders and international cooperation.

"At the UN Day, October 24, we completed thus a far-reaching proposal other indigenous peoples in the rest of the world can use as their guiding star, and we Inuit and Saami are now ready to start negotiations under UN auspices", concludes Hjalmar Dahl.

For more information please contact: Hjalmar Dahl - 011 299 55 61 26

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