Enhancing the environment, economies, culture and health of Indigenous peoples and Arctic communities.

About SDWG

The SDWG advances sustainable development by proposing and adopting steps to be taken by the Arctic states.

This includes pursuing opportunities to protect and enhance the environment and the economies, culture and health of Indigenous peoples and Arctic communities. The guiding tenet running throughout the work of the SDWG is to pursue initiatives that provide practical knowledge and contribute to building the capacity of Indigenous peoples and Arctic communities. This will allow them to respond to the challenges and benefits from the opportunities in the Arctic region.

The SDWG is a Working Group of the Arctic Council.

News

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Interview with the Arctic Council Social, Economic and Cultural Expert Group

What is the Social, Economic and Cultural Expert Group? What issues and projects is it involved in? Learn about this Expert Group of the Sustainable Development Working G...
12 Jan 2021

Interview with the Arctic Council’s Arctic Human Health Expert Group

What is the Arctic Human Health Expert Group? What issues and projects is it involved in? Learn about this Expert Group of the Sustainable Development Working Group throu...
11 Jan 2021
Old Crow solar farm (Photo: GBP Creative)

The Old Crow Solar Project

Old Crow is off the grid. The closest community is a hundred miles away and no roads lead to the Gwich’in community in the Yukon. Its remote location has for many years r...
14 Dec 2020

Finding the nexus between water, energy and food in the Arctic

The Sustainable Development Working Group of the Arctic Council will launch the first water, energy and food nexus study in the Arctic. The project will identify intercon...
03 Dec 2020

An actionable blueprint: the Arctic Resilience Forum 2020

The second Arctic Resilience Forum was hosted entirely online – and successfully so. We spoke to the two main organizers: Jennifer Spence, the Executive Secretary of the ...
02 Dec 2020
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Events

March
10 Mar-11 Mar 2021
SAO Executive Meeting Online
16 Mar-18 Mar 2021
SAO Plenary Meeting Online
April
14 Apr-15 Apr 2021
SAO Executive Meeting Online
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Focus on Arctic health

@SDWG_Chair

  • SDWG is in! Who is up for a little friendly competition? Don’t get left behind as we travel around the Arctic. Any form of activity counts, so no excuses! 😊 twitter.com/ArcticCouncil/… February 16 2:55 pm

@sdwgsecretariat

  • LAST #ArcticResilienceForum TOMORROW (Wed 16 Dec)!  This important session brings together Indigenous Knowledge holders & western scholars to discuss how #Arctic resilience relies on co-production.  Register here! @ArcticCouncil @HKSArctic bit.ly/ARFsession10 December 16 12:52 am