The sitting of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues in Salekhard
10:16 26 февраля 2015
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The intersessional sitting of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues is taking place in the town Salekhard – the capital of Yamal-Nenets Autonomous Okrug.
The governor of Yamal Dmitriy Kobylkin notes that conducting of the action in Salekhard is a significant event, as Yamal is motherland of 43 thousand representatives of indigenous ethnic minorities of the North; the Russian Arctic is native land for them.
And in state policy the region orientates, of course, on interests of indigenous peoples.
The governor of the region presented brief information about the region to the participants of the sitting. As he underlines, the total resource potential of Yamal exceeds 147 trillion cubic meters of natural gas. More than 15 percent of oil and 85 percent of the whole gas of Russia are extracted here. More than 50 largest Russian and foreign companies conduct production, processing, transportation and geological prospecting here. People in the Arctic clearly understand that the verge of interaction between these two spheres, opposite at the first glance, is fragile. On one hand there is high-technological oil and gas industry. On the other hand there is traditional way of life of tundra people, which is harmoniously connected with nature. Exactly therefore, one strict rule was formed in Russian and regional legislation: sustainable development of the Arctic zone of the country is possible only at a condition of progressive socioeconomic development of peoples residing here, as Dmitriy Kobylkin declares.
Besides, the governor notes that the region today is one of not many places on the planet, where traditional way of life and economy of indigenous northerners is protected on the state level. Figures confirm policy being fulfilled in the region: during 10 years the number of indigenous population in the region grew on 11 percent.
A principle of human measurement of the Arctic serves the main rule for the regional authorities. Whatever projects – scientific, industrial, infrastructural ones – are embodied to life, the final aim is strictly to observe legal rights and interests, from all sides to increase quality of life of a Human, as Dmitriy Kobylkin underlines. He expressed confidence in so that decisions taken within the sitting in Salekhard would assist to fulfillment of these important tasks.
The deputy minister for culture of the Russian Federation Alexander Zhuravsky passed greetings of the deputy chairperson of the government of the Russian Federation Alexander Khloponin and the minister for culture of the Russian Federation Vladimir Medinsky to the participants of the forum.
Dalee Dorough, the Chairperson of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues greeted the participants. As she says, issues being discussed within the sittings of the forum are significant and relevant. Dalee Dorough also notes that the fact is pleasant for her that the governor of Yamal-Nenets Autonomous Okrug Dmitriy Kobylkin was recognized the most effective regional head in Russia in 2014.
The chairperson of the Legislative Assembly of Yamal-Nenets Autonomous Okrug Sergey Kharyuchi and the president of the Russian Association of Indigenous Peoples of the North, Siberia and the Far East Grigory Ledkov also greeted the participants of the forum, as the press-service of the head of the region informs.
As we should remind, representatives of the secretariat of the United Nations Permanent Forum, experts from Bolivia, Iran, the USA, Cameroon, Philippines, New Zealand, Kenya, Estonia and Australia arrived to the capital of Yamal. Ms. Dalee Dorough, Associate Professor at University of Alaska (the USA), is the Chairperson of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues.
The group of the experts includes the Principal Research Scientist and the Head of Kenya Resource Center for Indigenous Knowledge, National Museums of Kenya Joseph Mutangah (Kenya), the Secretary General of the Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) Foundation Joan Carling (Philippines), the Head of the Center for study of the Aymara people Maria Eugenia Choque Quispe (Bolivia).