Published on Jan 16, 2023
WASHINGTON, DC | Today, National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) President Fawn Sharp begins her participation in the week-long World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland. The 53rd annual convening of the WEF will bring together more than 3,000 individuals from both the public and private sector to “engage in peer-to-peer deliberations in the spirit of improving the state of the world” according to the WEF website.
“It is an honor to be able to participate in the World Economic Forum this year and to have an opportunity to work with individuals from around the planet to find a path forward on the greatest threats to our planet and our communities,” said Sharp. “I am particularly blessed to be able to raise the voice of Indigenous peoples from across the globe during the meetings and make sure that we are heard.”
Sharp’s engagement at WEF builds on NCAI’s continued dedication to advancing the rights of Tribal Nations and Indigenous peoples internationally. Sharp has dedicated much of her life—including her time as NCAI President—to fighting for tribal sovereignty and tribal self-determination, including advancing the rights guaranteed to all Indigenous peoples under the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
While attending WEF, Sharp’s schedule includes involvement in a number of different matters, including addressing global climate change. “There is no issue more critical to the lives of Indigenous peoples and to the health of our shared home than global climate change,” Sharp noted, “and even in the face of incredible odds, I know the invaluable contributions to the fight against Climate Change that Native Americans and our Indigenous relatives globally will make to turn the tide.”
Sharp will be in attendance at the WEF through its conclusion on January 20, 2023. To follow Sharp’s activities at WEF, visit www.ncai.org or follow NCAI’s social media accounts @NCAI1944.
About the National Congress of American Indians:
Founded in 1944, the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) is the oldest, largest, and most representative American Indian and Alaska Native organization in the United States. NCAI advocates on behalf of tribal governments and communities, promoting strong tribal-federal government-to-government policies. NCAI promotes an understanding among the general public regarding American Indian and Alaska Native governments, people, and rights. For more information, visit www.ncai.org.