The goal of the Sustainable Development program of the Arctic Council is to propose and adopt steps to be taken by the Arctic States to advance sustainable development in the Arctic.This includes 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 to respond to the challenges and benefits from the opportunities in the Arctic region.

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  • The Arctic Human Health Initiative: A legacy of the International Polar Year 2007-2009. 

    Parkinson, Alan J. (Sustainable Development Working Group (SDWG), 2013)
    "The Arctic Council recognized that IPY 2007-2008 represented a unique opportunity to further stimulate cooperation and coordination on Arctic health research and increase the awareness and visibility of Arctic regions. ...
  • Arctic Human Development Report II: Regional Processes & Global Linkages. Fact Sheet/SDWG. January 2013. 

    Sustainable Development Working Group (SDWG) (Sustainable Development Working Group (SDWG), 2013)
    The Arctic Human Development Report II: Regional Processes and Global Linkages Fact Sheet, presented by the Arctic Council working group Sustainable Development Working Group (SDWG) at the 8th Ministerial Meeting in Kiruna, ...
  • НАДЕЖДА И ЖИЗНЕСТОЙКОСТЬ. ПРОФИЛАКТИКА САМОУБИЙСТВ В АРКТИКЕ. 7-8 НОЯБРЯ 2009 ГОДА. СОВМЕСТНЫЙ ОТЧЕТ. 

    Unknown author (Организационным комитетом, 2010)
    В конце 1990-х годов Всемирная организация здравоохранения (ВОЗ) начала подчеркивать необходимость разработки стратегий профилактики самоубийств. С тех пор многие арктические регионы разработали и внедрили стратегии ...
  • Circumpolar Health Supplements 2010; 6 

    Unknown author (The International Association of Circumpolar Health Publishers., 2010)
    "This Circumpolar Health Supplement reports on the progress of the Human Health Initia- tive an Arctic Council Sustainable Development Working Group International Polar Year (IPY) project, and serves as a deliverable marking ...
  • Review of Cancer among Circumpolar Indigenous Peoples. Summary Report to the Sustainable Development Working Group 

    Young, Kue (Sustainable Development Working Group (SDWG), 2015-01-19)
    Cancer is a growing health problem among circumpolar Indigenous peoples and effective prevention and control measures require valid and reliable surveillance data to support planning and evaluation. While circumpolar ...
  • Recommendations for the Integration of Traditional and Local Knowledge into the Work of the Arctic Council. 

    Sustainable Development Working Group (SDWG) (Sustainable Development Working Group (SDWG), 2015)
    Recommendations for the Integration of Traditional and Local Knowledge into the Work of the Arctic Council, delivered by the Arctic Council Sustainable Development Working Group (SDWG) at the Arctic Council's 9th Ministerial ...
  • Sharing Hope. Circumpolar Perspectives on Promising Practices for Promoting Mental Wellness and Resilience. 

    Sustainable Development Working Group (SDWG) (Sustainable Development Working Group (SDWG), 2015)
    Suicide in circumpolar regions is a pressing health policy concern and is understood within a complex socio-economic historical context of the Arctic’s Indigenous Peoples. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates ...
  • The Sea Ice Never Stops. Circumpolar Inuit Reflections on Sea Ice Use and Shipping in Inuit Nunaat. 

    Inuit Circumpolar Council (Sustainable Development Working Group (SDWG), 2014-12)
    This expanded survey by the Inuit Circumpolar Council (ICC) is the product of an ongoing contribution to the Arctic Marine Shipping Assessment (AMSA) conducted by the Arctic Council. An earlier scoping report, The Sea Ice ...
  • Conference Report. Gender Equality in the Arctic. Current Realities, Future Challenges. 

    Oddsdóttir, Embla Eir; Sigurðsson, Atli Már; Swandal, Sólrún; Árnadóttir, Anna Kolbrún (Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Iceland in cooperation with Icelandic Arctic Cooperation Network and the Centre For Gender Equality, 2015)
    The conference was held in Akureyri, Iceland on 30-31 October 2014 with 150 participants representing various stakeholders from all member states of the Arctic Council: Canada, the Kingdom of Denmark (Greenland and the ...
  • Youth. The Future of Reindeer Herding Peoples. Arctic Council EALLIN Reindeer Herding Youth Project 2012-2015. 

    International Centre for Reindeer Husbandry (ICR); Association of World Reindeer Herders (WRH); UArctic EALÁT Institute (UEI) (Sustainable Development Working Group (SDWG), 2015)
    This report is one of the deliverables to the Arctic Council Sustainable Development Working Group project 'EALLIN - The Voice of Reindeer Herding Youth 2012-2014'. The main goal of the project was to maintain and further ...
  • Youth. The Future of Reindeer Herding Peoples. Executive Summary. 

    Pogodaev, Mikhail; Oskal, Anders; Avelova, Svetlana; Bergkvist, Piere; Burgess, Philip; Degteva, Anna; Biret, Ravdna; Eira, Maria; Gaup Eira, Inger Marie; Ol Johan, Gaup; Gerasimova, Alena; Gu, Yunting; Krarup Hansen, Kia; Kemi, Mikkel Anders; Kolesov, Igor; Magga, Anne-Maria; Mathisen, Svein Disch; Omma, Helena; Partapuoli, Jonas; Parfenov, Vadim; Sara, Elna; Serotetto, Nechei; Slepuskin, Igor; Silviken, Anne; Stoor, Petter; Tibichi, Ksenia; Turi, Johan Daniel; Turi, Ellen Inga; Turi, Issat; Turi, Johan Mathis; Walkeapää, Elena (Sustainable Development Working Group (SDWG), 2015)
    This report is a summary of one of the deliverables to the Arctic Council Sustainable Development Working Group project ‘EALLIN – The Voice of Reindeer Herding Youth 2012-2014’. The main goal of the project was to maintain ...
  • Assessing, Monitoring and Promoting the Vitality of Arctic Indigenous Languages. Arctic Indigenous Languages Vitality Initiative during the Canadian chairmanship 2013-2015. 

    Inuit Circumpolar Council (Sustainable Development Working Group (SDWG), 2015-02)
    This report to the Arctic Council’s Sustainable Development Working Group (SDWG) outlines the key activities and accomplishments of the Arctic Council’s multi-year pan-Arctic project, Arctic Indigenous Languages Vitality ...
  • Arctic Human Development Report 

    Einarsson, Niels; Nymand Larsen, Joan; Nilsson, Annika; Young, Oran R. (Stefansson Arctic Institute, under the auspices of the Icelandic Chairmanship of the Arctic COuncil 2002-2004, 2004)
    The goal of the Arctic Human Development Report (AHDR), mandated in the 2002 Inari Declaration, is to provide “… a comprehensive knowledge base for the Arctic Council’s Sustainable Development Programme.” This report ...
  • Assessment of Cultural Heritage Monuments and Sites in the Arctic 

    Unknown author (Arctic Council's Sustainable Development Working Group, 2013)
    The project aimed at presenting a short list of 20-30 cultural heritage sites in the Arctic which are of particular international importance. While each Arctic nation already has a process for ranking and a management ...
  • Proceedings: Arctic Transportation Infrastructure: Response Capacity and Sustainable Development 

    Unknown author (Arctic Council's Sustainable Development Working Group, 2012)
    The Arctic Maritime and Aviation Transportation Infrastructure Initiative (AMATII) serves as an initial platform for inventorying critical assets in the Arctic’s aviation and maritime environment. The Initiative facilitates ...
  • Arctic Social Indicators. ASI-II 

    Nymand Larsen, Joan; Schweitzer, Peter; Petrov, Andrey (Nordic Council of Ministers, 2013)
    The ASI project was formulated to fill a critical gap in knowledge identified by the AHDR on the construction of social indicators to help facilitate monitoring of changes in human development. The AHDR identified domains ...
  • EALÁT. Reindeer Herders' Voice: Reindeer Herding, Traditional Knowledge and Adaptation to Climate Change and Loss of Grazing Land 

    Oskal, Anders; Turi, Johan Mathis; Mathiesen, Svein D.; Burgess, Philip (Arctic Council's Sustainable Development Working Group, 2009)
    This book is a two years middle term report from a Norwegian information project in the Arctic Council entitled EALÁT. The project is endorsed by the Sustainable Development Working Group (SDWG) of the Arctic Council, with ...
  • Food-based dietary guidelines in circumpolar regions 

    Jeppesen, Charlotte; Bjerregaard, Peter; Young, Kue (International Association of Circumpolar Health Publishers, 2011)
    This report provides short and precise descriptions of the latest food-based dietary guidelines in selected circumpolar countries and regions (Fig.1), with special focus on the public access to the guidelines. This report ...
  • Circumpolar Information Guide on Mining for Indigenous Peoples & Northern Communities 

    Unknown author (The Sustainable Development Working Group (SDWG) of the Arctic Council, 2011)
    The Circumpolar Information Guide on Mining recognizes that indigenous and northern communities are central stakeholders for a sustainable Arctic. The purpose of the Guide is to increase the ability of Indigenous peoples ...
  • Vulnerability and Adaptation to Climate Change in the Arctic 

    Njåstad, Birgit; Kelman, Ilan; Rosenberg, Stein (Norwegian Polar Institute, 2009)
    This document constitutes the final report of the Arctic Council Sustainable Development Working Group’s project on Vulnerability and Adaptation to Climate Change in the Arctic (VACCA). The VACCA project was initiated ...

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