Deb Haaland
Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland. Photo: U.S. Department of the Interior
Secretary Haaland leads U.S. delegation to United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues
Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland is heading up the United States delegation to the upcoming United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues.

Haaland, who is the first Native person to lead the Department of the Interior, will deliver a keynote to the forum next week. She is expected to address economic, climate, and racial injustice issues facing American Indians and Alaska Natives in the U.S.

“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,” the federal agency said in an announcement on Wednesday.

Haaland’s speech will be delivered at around 3:45pm Eastern on Monday, April 19. It will carried on The speech is the final item on the agenda, according to the schedule.

The Twentieth Session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) takes place April 19-30. This year’s theme is “Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions: The role of Indigenous peoples in implementing Sustainable Development Goal 16.”

Linda Thomas-Greenfield, who serves as the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations for President Joe Biden, is leading the U.S. delegation along with Secretary Haaland.