Nornickel Attracts UN Experts to Develop Policy on Indigenous Peoples


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We are not shy to learn in this area, and we realise how important it is, the company's Vice President for Federal and Regional Programmes said.

Nornickel attracted international experts, including United Nations experts, to develop new approaches to cooperation with the North's small-numbered indigenous peoples, the company's Vice President for Federal and Regional Programmes stated at the Public-private Partnership for the Sustainable Development of Indigenous Peoples International Forum.

The company attracted to the work Navin Rai (Nepal), an international expert on indigenous issues and the author of the current IFC and World Bank standards on indigenous peoples, Alexey Tsykarev, an ex-member of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, and Antonina Gorbunova, deputy chairman of the UN Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

The new policy includes Free, Prior, and Informed Consent (FPIC) procedures that the company has applied when determining a new location for the village of Tukhard in the Krasnoyarsk Region's north (Russia), as well as the expanding of direct dialogue with the indigenous peoples, Nornickel's representative said.

Nornickel is the leader in Russia’s metals and mining industry, as well as the largest palladium and high-grade nickel producer and one of the largest producers of platinum and copper. Nornickel also produces cobalt, rhodium, silver, gold, iridium, ruthenium, selenium, tellurium, and sulphur.

Source: TASS