The Sustainable Development Working Group

protects and enhances the environment, economies, culture and health of Indigenous peoples and Arctic communities

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.

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Arctic Resilience Forum 2020

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News

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Traditional boots on ice

Virtual Arctic Resilience Forum launches in October

The second Arctic Resilience Forum will be held online as a series of ten weekly webinars launching on October 7, 2020. Each session touches on a specific aspect of Arcti...
21 Sep 2020

Innovating the food industry on the top of the world

For millennia, food production has supported population growth, the development of towns and cities, trade and other elements essential to successful human development. Y...
11 Sep 2020

Building a sustainable future with lessons from the past

The Sustainable Development Working Group’s “Zero Arctic” project develops concepts for carbon neutral constructions in the Arctic. By drawing on both expertise from scie...
07 Sep 2020
A glimpse of how the the Snowflake International Arctic Station will look like upon completion (Image: Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology)

The Snowflake International Arctic Station– A hub for energy innovation and cultural exchange

The Snowflake International Arctic Station provides a stepping-stone towards advancing carbon-free technologies in the Arctic. The new Russian year-round research station...
21 Aug 2020
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Events

November
11 Nov-12 Nov 2020
SAO Executive Meeting Online / Reykjavik
17 Nov-19 Nov 2020
SAO Plenary Meeting Online / Reykjavik

2021

February
03 Feb-04 Feb 2021
SDWG meeting Reykjanesbær, Iceland
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Focus on Arctic health

@SDWG_Chair

  • How can Indigenous & Western knowledge systems be leveraged to respond to COVID-19 in the #Arctic?  Register for tomorrow’s #ArcticResilenceForum session. Find out about lessons learned from #Arctic communities. belfercenter.org/event/arctic-r… @ArcticCouncil @HKSArctic @SaamiCouncil October 27 12:53 pm

@sdwgsecretariat

  • More support for a One Health approach in the #Arctic. One Health Indigenous author gets published in Journal Science: aptnnews.ca/national-news/… October 27 2:59 pm