22 May 2021
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 2021.

The SDWG was pleased to present 16 deliverables at the Reykjavik Ministerial meeting that demonstrate progress across all the SDWG’s categories of work, including the release of 6 reports, the launch of 1 web-based tool, and the delivery of 9 events.


Pan-Arctic Report: Gender Equality in the Arctic III

Analyzes diverse gender issues in the Arctic and identifies priorities and concrete strategies to increase diversity and gender balance in policy-making and decision-making processes.

Final Report & Executive Summary

Economy of the North (ECONOR) IV Report

Presents a comprehensive overview of the economies of the circumpolar Arctic, including the traditioonal production activities of Indigenous Peoples.

Final Report

Blue Bio-Economy in the Arctic Region

Compares the Arctic blue bioeconomy in Iceland, Norway and Canada to identify challenges, opportunities, best practices and areas for collaboration to strengthen the Arctic blue bioeconomy.

Final Report

Zero Arctic: Concepts for Carbon Neutral Arctic Construction Based on Tradition

Introduces research on carbon neutral, resilient and sustainable Arctic construction with special reference to tradition, vernacular architecture and collaboration with Indigenous communities.

Final Report

COVID-19 Pandemic in the Arctic

Provides an initial analysis of the health, social, economic and cultural impacts of COVID-19 in the Arctic.

COVID-19 in the Arctic: Briefing Document to Senior Arctic Officials

Arctic Resilience Forum 2020

Presents a summary of the key issues examined and discussed during the 10 thematic sessions of the Arctic Resilience Forum 2020.

Summary Report

Web-Based Tool

Arctic Renewable Energy Atlas

Online tool for Arctic communities interested in renewable energy.


Arctic Children: Pre-School and School Education

  • “Arctic Talents. Arctic 2020” conference held in Kaluga Region, Russia in August 2020; and,
  • Event to open the International Arctic School in Yakutsk on 1 September 2020.

One Arctic, One Health

  • “Understanding and Responding to Global Health Security Risks from Microbial Threats in the Arctic” Workshop in November 2019;
  • Association between Mental Health, National Identity, and Preservation of Native Culture – virtual “One Arctic, One Health” knowledge sharing activity in November 2020; and,
  • “One Health, One Future” – virtual circumpolar conference hosted by the University of Alaska Fairbanks in April 2021.


  • Workshop series research initiative on Adverse Childhood Experiences held in April-May of 2021;
  • A series of 5 virtual knowledge sharing sessions with Indigenous front-line workers on Indigenizing mental wellness care, parenting, youth perspectives and mobilizing communities held in March 2021; and,
  • Youth Digital Stories and Community Exchange event, including in-person and virtual Project CREATeS film screenings, youth panels, and wellness activities held in 2-4 March 2021 in Inuvik, Canada.

Arctic Resilience Forum 2020

  • 10 thematic webinars between September and December 2020 each dedicated to a specific aspect of Arctic resilience.

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