Consultative Committee
of Finno-Ugric Peoples

Proposals of the round table of the youth questions

Majority of Finno-Ugric peoples recognize themselves as indigenous peoples, asserting their tight connection with their historical habitat and with traditional ways of living.

It is essential to work in various spheres of interest of Finno-Ugric peoples, particularly in the areas of protecting languages and cultural heritage, demography and public health, regional socio-economic development, utilization of natural resources, development of civil society, protection of biodiversity, ecology and climate change, information and communication technologies, participation in decision-making processes, etc

Actively implement and utilize information and communication technologies for the benefit of our peoples

To raise the prestige and demand for Finno-Ugric languages, including by popularizing them via usage in internal work of our organizations, and by holding events in Finno-Ugric languages for wider audiences.

We call on … /

States with Finno-Ugric populations
• To respect, protect and encourage human rights with respect to Finno-Ugric peoples, including rights of indigenous peoples and ethnic minorities, as formulated in international agreements and by national legislatures;
• To co-operate with each other in the spirit of good neighbourship to the benefit of Finno-Ugric peoples;
• To activate cross-border co-operation in relation to Finno-Ugric peoples that have been separated by state borders;
• To ensure access of Finno-Ugric peoples to decision-making processes affecting their economic, social, cultural and political interests;
• To support an environment and to create conditions for usage of Finno-Ugric languages and cultures;
• To support the cultural heritage and human capital of Finno-Ugric peoples as a form of national wealth that contributes towards diversity and mutual respect in our societies;
• To support the international Finno-Ugric movement as a platform for improving cultural, political and socio-economic relations between our countries;
• To support participation of the Finno-Ugric movement in the work of the United Nations.

We authorize the International Consultative Committee

To work more transparently, and to closely co-operate with Finno-Ugric, intergovernmental and international non-governmental organizations.

Considering the affiliation of most Finno-Ugric peoples with the family of world’s indigenous peoples, as well as the importance of regional socio-economic development for Finno-Ugric peoples, the Finno-Ugric youth supports and calls all interested parties (peoples, states, inter-governmental and non-governmental organizations and institutions) to support:

1. Holding of Finno-Ugric Days at the United Nations during the 12th session of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (in 2013)

2. Ensure joint support for the project „Finno-Ugric Cultural Capitals“, and the project for training activists for NGOs of Finno-Ugric peoples

3. Facilitate the participation of Finno-Ugric peoples at the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples in 2014 that will be dedicated to the results of the 2nd international decade of world’s indigenous peoples.

4. With the goal of popularizing the Finno-Ugric movement in traditional Finno-Ugric habitats as well as for international audiences, jointly celebrate the Day of Kindred Finno-Ugric peoples annually on the 3rd Saturday of October.