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Indigenous leaders in the Arctic sign The Moscow Declaration at the 5th Arctic Indigenous Leaders Summit

Representatives of indigenous peoples of seven circumpolar countries met in Moscow between the 14-15 April 2010 to discuss prospects for the development  in the Arctic in the context of intensifying industrial development under conditions of climate change in the Arctic. The outcome of the Summit - the Moscow Declaration - "Industrial Development of the Arctic under climate change" 

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Amongst other things,  the Moscow Declaration calls on all Arctic States "to implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, in order to ensure that industrial development in the circumpolar Arctic accords fully with the principles of sustainable development and self-determination of indigenous peoples, and provides for free prior and informed consent".

Various requests for action are also made to the United Nations and its relevant agencies, including the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and its Governing Council; international financial institutions;  Arctic Council member states; and industrial corporations operating in the Arctic.

Thursday 06 May 2010