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Saina opens 17th Session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues

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17th Session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues
(UNPFII) opened on April 16 at the UN Headquarters in New York

At the opening, the chief of the Indian people of Onondaga Sithil (USA) welcomed the forum participants with traditional prayer. An excellent addition to the opening was the performance of the singer from Yakutia Saina, who sang the Yakut toyuk and Evenk song with a tambourine.

"I already performed at a concert in the UN in 2014. My goal is to show our diverse culture. This is a great honor for me. I thank the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia for the invitation. Tonight, I will sing at two receptions.

I was invited by American scientists to the Bio Summit in New York. My mission here is just beginning. I will perform at the Museum of Natural History. I will give my master classes and a solo concert at The Jamaica Center for Arts. Then I'm going to Philadelphia, where I will sing at the Mas-Wrestling competitions. I have a very busy schedule for the whole month,” said the singer.


UNPFII Seventeenth Session is being held on April 16-27 at the UN Headquarters in New York (USA). The theme of this year's discussions is "Indigenous peoples’ collective rights to lands, territories and resources.”

As part of the Session, the agenda of sustainable development for the period until 2030, the implementation of the outcome document of the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples, etc. are discussed. A dialogue will be held with the Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and the Chairman of the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

The Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) is represented by chairman of the State Assembly Il Tumen Aleksandr Zhirkov, deputy chairman of the government of the republic Mikhail Gulyaev, deputy minister of education of the RS (Y) Feodosia Gabysheva.



The UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues annually meets for 10 days, usually in April-May. In accordance with ECOSOC Resolution 2000/22, the annual session can be held at the United Nations Headquarters in New York or Geneva, as well as elsewhere at the Forum's choice. To date, all annual sessions of the Permanent Forum have been held in New York.

This is the supreme advisory body that deals with indigenous issues related to economic and social development, culture, environment, education, health and human rights.

The first session of the Permanent Forum at the UN Headquarters in New York was held on May 12-24, 2002.

Irina Kurilova