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.

SDWG Expert Groups

Social, Economic, and Cultural Expert Group

The Social, Economic and Cultural Expert Group (SEC) supports work to advance social, economic and cultural research in the development of sustainable and integrated approaches emerging in the circumpolar region.


Arctic Council Sustainable Development Working Group Met in Moscow

The Arctic Council's Sustainable Development Working Group (SDWG) met in Moscow in a hybrid format.
08 Nov 2021

Time-witness reports: I was dealing with the nuts and bolts

Bernard Funston is one of the architects of key documents that still guide the Arctic Council’s work today. A lawyer by training monitoring the Arctic Environmental Prote...
27 Oct 2021

Quiz: Which 2021 Arctic Council report should you read based on your interests?

In 2021, the Arctic Council's Working and Expert Groups released over 50 new reports on topics including climate change, emergency response, biodiversity, Arctic shi...
25 Oct 2021

Time witness reports: The Council’s informal structure has been important to its longevity and success

Harald Finkler has experienced and captured the evolution of the Arctic Council firsthand – both with his camera and in his interview for this time witness report. For al...
05 Oct 2021

Arctic Council Active launches ‘Anniversary Relay Race’

Learn more about the Arctic Council while logging kilometers in a joint effort to move with our Arctic fox through the Council’s history
22 Sep 2021
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SAO Executive and Plenary, Autumn 2021
Salekhard, Russian Federation
30 November 2021 - 2 December 2021
Arctic Futures Symposium
Brussels and Online
6 December 2021 - 7 December 2021
SAO Executive and Plenary, Spring 2022
Arkhangelsk, Russian Federation
22 March 2022 - 24 March 2022
  • Building the capacity of reindeer herding youth in the #Arctic is critical for biodiversity & the sustainable development of the region. Find out more about this SDWG project: bit.ly/3lnWtfG @SDWG_Chair October 8 12:50 am