The WHO has approved a resolution on the health of Indigenous Peoples – the Sámi Parliament participated in the preparation of the resolution

The World Health Organization (WHO) approved a resolution on the health of Indigenous Peoples at its Seventy-sixth World Health Assembly in Geneva on 27 May 2023. This marks the first resolution by the WHO that has been approved with regard to Indigenous Peoples. The Sámi Parliament took part in the preparation of the resolution.

Kuvassa vasemmalta Saamelaiskäräjien sosiaali- ja terveyssihteeri Anne Länsman-Magga ja WHO:n pääjohtaja Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. Kuva: Anu Rantalaiho.
From the left: Anne Länsman-Magga, the Social Affairs and Health Secretary of the Sámi Parliamen and Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director General of the WHO. Photo: Anu Rantalaiho.

Finland’s national address supported the approval of the resolution

In its own address, Finland highlighted the significance of services that are in people’s own language and in accordance with their culture, and especially of mental health services. Climate change will also impact the Sámi people in many different ways.

Finland also emphasised in its address that Indigenous Peoples must be engaged in decision-making and discussion. According to the Finnish address, knowledge production should also be carried out together with Indigenous Peoples.

Further information:

Tuomas Aslak Juuso
040 687 3394 

Anne Länsman-Magga
Social Affairs and Health Secretary
040 182 9998

Inka-Saara Arttijeff
Secretary for International Affairs
050 574 7629

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