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.


SDWG Welcomes new SDWG-IASSA-IASC Fellow, Silja Zimmerman

Silja Zimmerman, PhD Candidate at Utrecht University, is the inaugural SDWG-IASSA-IASC Fellow. This fellowship, offered for the first time for 2022, encourages an early...
12 Jan 2022

Introducing the new SDWG Chair: “It’s necessary to protect Arctic cultures, languages and traditions.”

Abidat Magomedova is the new Chair of the Sustainable Development Working Group (SDWG). She serves as Deputy Director of the Department of International Cooperation and T...
14 Dec 2021

Award-winning Arctic Council project brings Indigenous food culture to Arctic Food Festival in Moscow

The EALLU Indigenous Youth, Food Knowledge and Arctic Change project recently won the Gourmand Best of the Best Award and will present the traditional food culture of Ind...
08 Dec 2021

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
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Gender Equality in the Arctic Online Webinar
18 January 2022 - 18 January 2022
Joint AHHEG-SECEG Meeting on the COVID-19 in the Arctic Assessment Report
25 January 2022 - 25 January 2022
SDWG Executive Meeting
8 February 2022 - 8 February 2022
SAO Executive and Plenary, Spring 2022
Arkhangelsk, Russian Federation
22 March 2022 - 24 March 2022
SDWG Spring 2022 Meetings
Arkhangelsk, Russia
21 May 2022 - 23 May 2022
  • SDWG is pleased to welcome @siljasapiens as our first SDWG-@IASSA_Arctic-@IASC_Arctic Fellow. We look forward to working with her. Learn more: bit.ly/3fiAIdz January 12 8:56 pm
  • 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