News Release

U.S. Department of the Interior

On Monday, April 19, Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland will deliver a keynote address at the 20th Session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues. Secretary Haaland and Ambassador to the U.N. Linda Thomas-Greenfield will serve as Heads of Delegation.

Indigenous peoples around the world are disproportionally impacted by the ongoing health, economic, climate, and racial injustice crises. To tackle these challenges in the U.S., the Interior Department has committed to using an all-of-agency approach that will strengthen nation-to-nation relationships, make substantial investments in Tribal Nations, promote racial justice and equity for historically marginalized communities, and address the existential threat of climate change.

Secretary Haaland will address the Forum at approximately 3:45 p.m. ET in virtual remarks that will be live-streamed at webtv.UN.org.

The 20th Session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues will be held April 19-30 in a hybrid in-person/virtual format. This year’s theme is “Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions: The role of Indigenous peoples in implementing Sustainable Development Goal 16.”

About the U.S. Department of the Interior

The Department of the Interior (DOI) conserves and manages the Nation’s natural resources and cultural heritage for the benefit and enjoyment of the American people, provides scientific and other information about natural resources and natural hazards to address societal challenges and create opportunities for the American people, and honors the Nation’s trust responsibilities or special commitments to American Indians, Alaska Natives, and affiliated island communities to help them prosper.

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