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Resource Development Principles in Inuit Nunaat

Inuit leaders from Chukotka (Russia), Alaska (US), Canada and Greenland met in Ottawa in February to discuss the issues of Oil and Gas Exploration and Exploitation in the Arctic, Mining and Impact Assessments.

The Summit resulted in ”A Circumpolar Inuit Declaration on Resource Development Principles in Inuit Nunaat”.
The Declaration will be signed by the ICC Chair Aqqaluk Lynge, and the ICC Vice
Chairs Duane Smith (Canada), Jim Stotts (Alaska) and Carl Christian Olsen (Greenland) at the presentation in Nuuk on May 11th, 2011.

ICC was mandated to facilitate the Summit by the ICC 2010 General Assembly, which recognized the Arctic’s great resource wealth, the increasing global demand for the Arctic’s minerals and hydrocarbons, the scope and depth of climate change and other environmental pressures and challenges facing the Arctic. Thus, Inuit decided to continue advocating for respectfulness of the ingenuity, resilience and wisdom of previous generations of Inuit, be confident of the ability of every generation of Inuit to adapt to change, and to be determined to provide for the material and cultural
well-being of Inuit into the future.

The Declaration of Principles sets the minium standards Inuit wishes state governments, regional governments, corporations and other resource development actors to follow.

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