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.

Zero Arctic: Concepts for carbon neutral Arctic construction based on tradition

Zero Arctic Team releases its Final Report. Check it out!

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Finding the nexus between water, energy and food in the Arctic

The Sustainable Development Working Group of the Arctic Council will launch the first water, energy and food nexus study in the Arctic. The project will identify intercon...
03 Dec 2020

An actionable blueprint: the Arctic Resilience Forum 2020

The second Arctic Resilience Forum was hosted entirely online – and successfully so. We spoke to the two main organizers: Jennifer Spence, the Executive Secretary of the ...
02 Dec 2020
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
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03 Feb-05 Feb 2021
SDWG plenary meeting Online
10 Mar-11 Mar 2021
SAO Executive Meeting Online
16 Mar-18 Mar 2021
SAO Plenary Meeting Online
14 Apr-15 Apr 2021
SAO Executive Meeting Iceland
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Focus on Arctic health


  • Our Social, Economic & Cultural Expert Group under the leadership of @EOddsdottir. Learn more about what they do here. twitter.com/arcticcouncil/… January 13 9:52 pm


  • LAST #ArcticResilienceForum TOMORROW (Wed 16 Dec)!  This important session brings together Indigenous Knowledge holders & western scholars to discuss how #Arctic resilience relies on co-production.  Register here! @ArcticCouncil @HKSArctic bit.ly/ARFsession10 December 16 12:52 am