Consultative Committee
of Finno-Ugric Peoples

Declaration of the basic principles, aims and objectives of cooperation

Finno-Ugric peoples of the world

We, the members of the Finno-Ugric peoples, delegates and participants in the World Congress of Finno-Ugric peoples,

  • Based on the realities of our time, to give a historical possibility of realizing the aspirations of our peoples to cooperate,
  • Expressing concern about the situation of the Finno-Ugric peoples, respecting the history, culture, language and national dignity, recognizing the responsibility for the development of our people on the basis of their cultures and lifestyles,
  • Putting our objective implementation of international standards in the field of the right of peoples to self-determination, rights of indigenous peoples, minorities and human rights,

declare the following:

  • World Congress of Finno-Ugric peoples is a forum of the people, not dependent on governments and political parties, which puts the task of achieving the status of a non-governmental organization of the United Nations;
  • We are open to the entire world community voluntary association of equal kindred peoples to join the European process of security and cooperation and guidance of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the Charter of Paris for a New Europe, 169 International Labour Organization Convention on the rights of indigenous peoples and national minorities;
  • We intend to carry the will of our people to cooperate and provide mutual assistance in the field of law, economics, environment, social issues, information, education, science and culture;
  • Considering the different constitutions and constitutional systems of our countries and aware of the possibility of different approaches and the pursuit of the objectives mentioned above, we are going to the world community to defend the vital interests of our peoples, based on the principles of European humanism and international law.

We are convinced that our cooperation will serve the progress of all peoples of the world.

Syktyvkar, December 3, 1992

The world congress

Of Finno-Ugric Peoples