Deb Haaland delivers keynote address at the 20th session of the United Nations Forum on Indigenous Issues


Home Secretary Deb Haaland (Pueblo de Laguna) addressed leaders around the world at the United Nations’ largest global gathering on indigenous issues on Monday to deliver a keynote address.

the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) is an advisory council, created in 2000, which defends the social, economic and cultural rights of indigenous peoples. The two-week forum, organized in a hybrid format of in-person and virtual speakers, was built around the theme of peace, justice, strong institutions and the implementation of a sustainable development goal “promoting peaceful and inclusive societies for the sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels, ”Group President Anne Nuorgam said in a statement.

Secretary Haalanad addressed the forum via direct of Washington DC, first recognizing where it stood as the ancestral homeland of the Anacostia and Piscataway peoples.

Haaland said the Covid-19 crisis has highlighted the disparities that exist in indigenous and marginalized communities across the country, and challenged leaders to address the interrelated challenges of injustice and urgency climate.

“It is the indigenous resilience and worldview that every government, country and community can learn from so that we manage our lands, waters and resources, not just across budget years, but across generations.” , said Haaland.

Haaland recognized the Biden administration’s approach to solving global problems with global solutions.

“We launched a comprehensive government approach to use nature-based solutions to conserve 30% of our land and oceans in the United States by 2030 as part of an international campaign for conservation, restoring the balance land, animals, plants, water, etc. living things that sustain life; to coordinate closely with us indigenous communities in our Covid-19 response efforts; to partner globally to ensure that indigenous peoples from all marginalized communities have access to vaccines, tests and treatment; put the full weight of our federal government and the missing and murdered ministerial and interagency unity and continue to cooperate with Canada, Mexico and other member states to address and work with violence against Indigenous women and girls the international community on our repatriation efforts realize a global commitment to honor and care for all indigenous peoples, their lands, languages, cultural heritage and sacred spaces, ”Haaland said.

During her third week as the head of the Home Office, Secretary Haaland announced the creation of a new unit to investigate and resolve cases of missing and murdered indigenous women.

Weeks later, Haaland issued two secretariat orders that will prioritize action on climate change across the department, one establishing a climate task force to coordinate work within the ministry of l ‘Interior, and the other canceling a series of secretarial orders issued by the previous administration which are inconsistent. with the commitment of the Ministry to protect public health; conserve land, water and wildlife; and elevate science.

In his closing remarks Monday, Haaland mentioned that the White House Council on Native American Affairs will hold its first meeting under the new administration this Friday, April 23.

“I hope to address indigenous issues through this council,” she said. “Although this difficult moment was imposed on us. This is the opportunity to open a new era of peace, justice and strong institutions. But we will only reach this moment by recognizing the collective power of Indigenous peoples and doing it together.

Additional keynote speakers on Monday included Finnish Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto; the vice-president of Bolivia, David Choquehuanca Cespedes; and the Chief of the Onondaga Nation, Tadodaho Sid Hill. More than 80 events are planned during the two-week conference, hosted by indigenous peoples’ organizations, United Nations Member States, United Nations entities, intergovernmental organizations, NGOs and other stakeholders. For more information about the conference or to connect, see the itinerary here.

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