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

Introducing the new SDWG Chair: “We can bring concrete results to people in the Arctic"

Dr. Oleg Solyakov is the new Chair of the Sustainable Development Working Group (SDWG) and with the Russian Chairmanship’s focus on people in the Arctic, he enters his ro...
13 Jul 2021

Following the tracks of snowbirds: The Arctic Demography Index

For the first time, the Arctic Council will develop a comprehensive insight to demographic trends in the Arctic. The Arctic Demography Index will look into the natural ca...
01 Jul 2021

Announcement of the new SDWG Chair, Oleg Solyakov, following the first SDWG Executive meeting of the Russian Chairmanship

The first meeting of the Sustainable Development Working Group was held within the framework of the Chairmanship of the Russian Federation in the Arctic Council on 17 Jun...
29 Jun 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
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  • Today is #WorldPopulationDay! It is important to understand demographic trends in the #Arctic & how this affects communities. Learn about the SDWG's Arctic Demography Index. arctic-council.org/en/news/follow… #SDWGProjects July 11 9:52 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