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.


Reports officially released following the Arctic Council Ministerial Meeting on 20 May 2021.


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The Arctic Council's Sustainable Development Working Group (SDWG) is proud to present 16 deliverables to Arctic Council Ministers at their 12th meeting on 20 May 202...
22 May 2021

12th Arctic Council Ministerial meeting convenes in Reykjavík

The meeting will further cooperation among Arctic States and Indigenous Permanent Participants, and mark the end of the Icelandic Chairmanship and beginning of the Russia...
10 May 2021
Alpine Catchfly (Viscaria alpina), found in the northern mountains of the Nordic region. Carolyn Mallory / Arctic Council

Gender equality for a sustainable and prosperous Arctic

Assessing gender issues in the Arctic is a challenging and important step towards gender equality.
10 May 2021
Credit: Hugi Ólafsson

Fish collagen and Senegal flounders

Iceland is leading the way in the blue bioeconomy and initiated a study to explore its potential in the Arctic. While there’s no one-size-fits-all business model, ocean i...
10 May 2021
Credit: Nina Ågren

The workhorses behind the success

The work of the Arctic Council is so intricately linked to its six Working Groups that it would be impossible to write about the Council’s accomplishments without referri...
10 May 2021
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29 Jun-30 Jun 2021
SAO Executive Online / Moscow
23 Nov-25 Nov 2021
SAO Plenary Salekhard, Russian Federation
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  • Pleased to host my first SDWG executive meeting of the Russian Chairmanship. We enjoyed productive discussions. Looking forward to the next 2 years. @ArcticCouncil @sdwgsecretariat https://t.co/ufKmd09rDG June 18 4:16 pm


  • We have a new home at @Institutnord. Thank you to 🇨🇦. Exciting to launch this new stage in the SDWG’s work. @SDWG_Chair twitter.com/BobPaquin1/sta… May 20 10:52 am