The theme of Iceland’s Arctic Council Chairmanship program for 2019-2021 reflects Iceland’s commitment to the principle of sustainable development and refers to the necessity of close cooperation between the states and peoples of the region and beyond. Iceland will highlight four priorities: The Arctic Marine Environment, Climate and Green Energy Solutions, People and Communities of the Arctic, and a Stronger Arctic Council.
The Finland Chairmanship of the Arctic Council (2017-2019) emphasizes the implementation of the Paris Agreement on climate change and the UN sustainable development goals (SDGs) in Arctic cooperation. During its term, Finland will strengthen Arctic cooperation and continuity at the highest political level. The Finnish priorities include environmental protection, meteorological cooperation, connectivity, and education.
The theme of Improving Economic and Living Conditions guided SDWG projects under the U.S. chairmanship. The SDWG projects and activities advanced work in subject areas such as health and mental wellness, traditional and local knowledge, adaptation to climate change, water and sanitation, the economy of the North, reindeer herding, and energy.