Indigenous Peoples' Cooperation

Indigenous Peoples’ organisations make up an important and constructive voice in the discussion about climate change in the Arctic. The organisation Inuit Circumpolar Council works to enhance cooperation among indigenous peoples in the arctic region and globally and has through the past years had great focus on the consequences of a changing climate. At a global level, the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues and the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples has helped to strengthen cooperation among indigenous peoples.


The Inuit Circumpolar Council – ICC – works together with the arctic governments, including the Greenlandic, on a number of issues. In particular, the organisation has been involved in activities related to sustainable development and the environment, also in the context of the Arctic Council. Internationally, ICC is an observer to the international climate negotiations and contributes to the debate about how the Arctic can meet the challenges and opportunities presented by a changing climate.


Cooperation among indigenous peoples stretches beyond the arctic region and has manifested itself globally through the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues that came into existence in 2002 and through the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples that was adopted by UN General Assembly in 2007. The forum has helped to create a space for the discussion of issues – such as climate change – that affect indigenous peoples across the world. The declaration supports this debate and has also played a role in enhancing the voice of indigenous peoples in international forums and processes such as the climate negotiations.

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