RESOLUTION of the 11th International Congress of the Youth Association of Finno-Ugric Peoples (MAFUN)

RESOLUTION of the 11th International Congress

of the Youth Association of Finno-Ugric Peoples (MAFUN)

in Helsinki, on August 7, 2013

Delegates from 50 member organizations of MAFUN, including 13 newly elected organizations from the Russian Federation, Finland and Estonia,

Having discussed the current situation, challenges and best practices among Finno-Ugric peoples,

Having received the report of the Board about its work during 2011-2013,

Affirm their pursuit to increase the effectiveness of MAFUN’s activities and to intensify the work to accomplish the goals stated in the Statutes, and 

Announce the following decisions:

Strategic Development of MAFUN

  1. Develop and implement a plan of action to register MAFUN as a legal person.
  2. Allocate additional positions in the Board of MAFUN for coordinating centers of Murmansk Oblast, Setomaa, Nenets Autonomous Okrug and traditional territories of Samis of Finland.  
  3. Organize the work of temporary thematic and expert-analytical workgroups, including with the goal of conducting sociological research, supporting young scholars and entrepreneurs.  
  4. Allocate additional position of Vice-President of MAFUN for coordinating project and expert-analytical activities, and to make corresponding changes into the Statutes. 

Strengthening the International Finno-Ugric movement

  1. Participate in the preparation of the interim conference between World Congresses of Finno-Ugric Peoples, and to monitor the implementation of the resolution of 6th World Congress. 
  2. Extend cooperation and conduct ongoing exchange between MAFUN member organizations from Russia, Finland and Estonia. 
  3. Support and organize common youth events on the Day of Kindred Finno-Ugric Peoples. 
  4. Strengthen cooperation of MAFUN with legislative and executive branches of states and regions inhabited by Finno-Ugric peoples. 
  5. Continue popularizing MAFUN and attracting new member organizations, including Sami and Hungarian organizations, as well as organizations from Russia’s Arctic.  Improve communications and image-building work and further develop MAFUN website.   
  6. Continue development and implementation of the programme „Finno-Ugric Capitals of Culture“ under the leadership of MAFUN and in cooperation with partner organizations.
  7. Initiate new projects with the goal of strengthening the Finno-Ugric identity and raising awareness of Finno-Ugric peoples, languages and movement. 

Development of Languages

  1. Foster a dialogue between the academic community and civic youth organizations in order to preserve linguistic diversity.  
  2. Develop programmes to modernize and raise prestige of Finno-Ugric languages. 
  3. Continue the practice of translating the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples , and initiate translation of the UNESCO Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage into Finno-Ugric languages.  

Intangible Cultural Heritage

  1. Contribute towards the implementation of the UNESCO Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage on traditional territories of Finno-Ugric peoples, and to facilitate inclusion of Finno-Ugric intangible cultural heritage into the UNESCO representative list of intangible cultural heritage.   

Rural Development and Regeneration

  1. Contribute towards sustainable socio-economic development of rural areas with populations of Finno-Ugric peoples.
  2. Contribute towards the establishment of a cooperation network of Finno-Ugric  „sister“ villages. 
  3. Establish cooperation between rural youth organizations in countries with Finno-Ugric populations.


Working with the UN and international organizations

  1. Continue the practice of MAFUN’s participation in the work of UN mechanisms of indigenous issues, and initiate cooperation with UNESCO, the Arctic Council and other intergovernmental organizations. 
  2. Continue cooperation with the International Consultative Committee of Finno-Ugric Peoples, umbrella organizations of Turkic peoples, Federative Union of European Nationalities (FUEN) and other international organizations. 
  3. Organize Days of Finno-Ugric Peoples as part of the 13th session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues in May 2014.
  4. Participate in the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples in September 2014.

The Congress recommends to realize the following events and projects:

  • Hold annual Finno-Ugric socio-economic forums in the format of a youth camp on the territories of current holders of the Finno-Ugric Capital of Culture title.  
  • Collaborate with the international youth forum FUROR and the conference of students of Finno-Ugric studies IFUSCO. 
  • Competition „Finno-Ugrian of the Year“ 
  • Finno-Ugric Song Festival
  • Project „Finno-Ugric Parallels“, oriented at high school students 

Congress requests the Board to examine all project ideas proposed by delegates during the Sections of the Congress and to make decisions about their implementation.

Congress selects Tartu (Estonia) as the location of the next, 12th Congress of MAFUN in 2015. 

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