The Sustainable Development Working Group

protects and enhances the environment, economies, culture and health of Indigenous peoples and Arctic communities

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.

News

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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

Building a sustainable future with lessons from the past

The Sustainable Development Working Group’s “Zero Arctic” project develops concepts for carbon neutral constructions in the Arctic. By drawing on both expertise from scie...
07 Sep 2020
A glimpse of how the the Snowflake International Arctic Station will look like upon completion (Image: Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology)

The Snowflake International Arctic Station– A hub for energy innovation and cultural exchange

The Snowflake International Arctic Station provides a stepping-stone towards advancing carbon-free technologies in the Arctic. The new Russian year-round research station...
21 Aug 2020
windmills in the Arctic

Round two of the Arctic Remote Energy Networks Academy kicks off

The Arctic Remote Energy Networks Academy (ARENA) is a unique knowledge sharing program about isolated power systems integration held in partnership with Canada, Gwich’in...
21 Jul 2020

Covid-19 in the Arctic: A briefing document for Senior Arctic Officials

An insight to the direct and indirect impacts of the pandemic on Arctic communities.
16 Jul 2020
Historic construction for coal transport, Longyearbyen, Svalbard

“The global demand is a very strong driver affecting the Arctic economy”

An interview with co-editor Iulie Aslaksen about the upcoming “Economy of the North 2020” report (ECONOR IV report)
16 Jun 2020

Biodiversity and human health: What’s a holistic approach to good health?

Good health is not the mere absence of diseases. It is the result of a complex interplay between factors influencing our daily lives and the surrounding environment. Howe...
02 Jun 2020

The coronavirus in the Arctic: Spotlight on mental health

As the current pandemic evolves, the focus on the health effects of the coronavirus widens. While nations around the globe implement strict measures to flatten the curve ...
22 Apr 2020
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Arctic Council updates

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...

Building a sustainable future with lessons from the past

The Sustainable Development Working Group’s “Zero Arctic” project develops concepts for carbon neutral constructions in the Arctic. By drawing on both expertise from scie...
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Events

September
October
26 Oct-28 Oct 2020
SDWG meeting Online
November
11 Nov-12 Nov 2020
SAO Executive Meeting Online / Reykjavik
17 Nov-19 Nov 2020
SAO Plenary Meeting Online / Reykjavik

2021

February
03 Feb-04 Feb 2021
SDWG meeting Reykjanesbær, Iceland
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Focus on Arctic health

@SDWG_Chair

  • SDWG’s Gender Equality in the #Arctic project is a priority for the @IcelandArctic. Meet the authors putting together this important Gender Equality in the Arctic Report @ArcticCouncil @GenderArctic https://t.co/LBJSWuuFKV September 17 12:21 am

@sdwgsecretariat

  • Pleased so many experts & knowledge holders contributed to #COVID19 in the #Arctic briefing document 👇. SDWG is ready to work with this amazing community again. #workingtogether to prepare advice & recommendations on next steps for @ArcticCouncil @SDWG_Chair twitter.com/ArcticCouncil/… August 5 1:08 am