EALLIN Project Delivered to Arctic Council Ministerial, Iqaluit
Last week the 9th Arctic Council Ministerial Meeeting wrapped up in the city of Iqaluit, the territorial capital of Nunavut, Canada. This meeting marked the conclusion of Canadian Chairmanship and set the main objectives for the next two years of the USA Chairmanship. This meeting will bring together ministers of the Arctic States and high-level representatives of the indigenous Permanent Participant organizations.
The Association of World Reindeer Herders delegation (which included ICR Director Anders Oskal, WRH Chair Mikhail Pogodaev and ICR project coordinator Alena Gerasimova, WRH is an accredited Observer to the Arctic Council) was present for the meeting to deliver the final report and executive summary of the EALLIN project on reindeer herding youth.
At the meeting the ministers signed the Iqaluit declaration, which highlights the achievements of the Arctic Council during Canadian chairmanship (2013-2015) and defines the main directions of the Council for the US Chairmanship (2015-2017).
“It is with great pride that we signed the Iqaluit Declaration here in Canada’s North,” said the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Canada’s Minister and Chair for the Arctic Council. “Canada has put Northerners at the forefront of the Arctic Council’s agenda, and we will continue working to ensure that the Council’s work benefits the people who live there.”
Once again, as in Kiruna in 2013, Secretary John Kerry underlined the importance of indigenous peoples’ role of shaping decisions in the Arctic Council:
“…This underlines the US commitment to collaborate closely with Arctic indigenous peoples in their Chairmanship, as they indeed do with their co-leadership of our new Arctic Council project on food”, says Anders Oskal, Executive Director of ICR and project lead of the new Arctic Council EALLU Project. “This is key as Arctic change and globalization are now taking an ever stronger hold of the circumpolar reindeer herding areas”, he concludes.
During the AC Ministerial the WRH delegation had several meetings including with: the Honorable Leona Aglukkaq, Canada’s Minister for the Environment and Arctic Council, the Premier of Nunavut Peter Taptuna, the Premier of the Northwest territories Bob McLeod and Sergey Donskoi, the Minister of Natural Resources and Environment of Russia and others. WRH also delivered the EALLIN report to the Arctic Council Ministerial, in particular to John Kerry, the US Secretary of State, and Sergey Donskoi.
At the meeting with the Russian delegation, which included Minister Sergey Donskoi, Ambassador at large and Senior Official from to the Arctic Council Vladimir Barbin, Russia’ Ambassador to Canada Alexander Darchiev, the Consul General at the Russian Embassy in Montreal Yuri Bedzhanyan, the Directo of the Department of International Cooperation Nuritdin Inamov, Mikhail Pogodaev and Anders Oskal discussed the GEF project Nomadic Herders, which aims to conserve the biodiversity through the support of reindeer herding communities of Russia and Mongolia. It is also important to note that during his speech to the plenary meeting, Sergey Donskoi said that Russia is supporting the Nomadic Herders project.
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