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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  • One Arctic, One Health Fact Sheet 

    SDWG (Arctic Council Secretariat, 2020-04)
  • SDWG Report on Arctic Energy 

    SDWG (Arctic Council Secretariat, 2009)
    The SDWG has prepared this report to: Identify some emerging Arctic energy issues; Reference completed Arctic Council projects and activities relating to energy; Provide some background information on energy sectors in an ...
  • SDWG 2019-2021 Work Plan 

    SDWG (Arctic Council Secretariat, 2019-02-12)
    Workplan for the Sustainable Development Working Group.
  • SDWG Working Group Report to SAOs, November 2019 in Hveragerði 

    Sustainable Development Working Group (SDWG) (Arctic Council Secretariat, 2019-11)
    SDWG Working Group Report to SAOs, November 2019 in Hveragerði, Iceland.
  • Best Waste Management Practices for Small and Remote Arctic Communities 

    Sustainable Development Working Group (SDWG) (Arctic Council Secretariat, 2019-05)
    The basic purpose of a sound solid waste management program is to protect the health of local residents and the environment upon which they depend. Modern technologies and economies-of-scale can allow urban Arctic communities ...
  • SDWG accomplishments submitted to Arctic Council Ministers Meeting, 07 May 2019 

    Sustainable Development Working Group (SDWG) (Arctic Council Secretariat, 2019-05)
    The SDWG plays the lead role in addressing the human dimensions of the Arctic within the Arctic Council. Maintaining a focus on the three pillars of sustainable development – social equity, economic development, and ...
  • Project CREATeS Circumpolar Resilience, Engagement, and Action Through Story 

    Sustainable Development Working Group (SDWG) (Arctic Council Secretariat, 2019-05)
    The two quotations that open this report – the first from the digital story of a young Iñupiaq woman from Alaska, the second from a digital story by two Greenlandic Inuit women – showcase the strength and creativity of ...
  • One Health: Activities and Achievements (2017-19) 

    Sustainable Development Working Group (SDWG) (Arctic Council Secretariat, 2019-05)
    The One Health process advances a multidisciplinary approach to health risks for humans, animals, plants and the environment. During the U.S. Chairmanship (2015-17) of the Arctic Council, the U.S. and Canada introduced a ...
  • EALLU Arctic Indigenous Peoples ́ Food Systems: Youth, Knowledge & Change 2015-2019 

    Sustainable Development Working Group (SDWG) (Arctic Council Secretariat, 2019-05)
    This book is the report from the Arctic Council EALLU project 2015-2019 (SDWG EALLU: Indigenous Youth, Arctic Change and Food Culture). This project has been co- led by Canada, Denmark/Greenland, Norway, Russia, USA, the ...
  • Gender Equality In The Arctic Phase II Project Presentation 

    Sustainable Development Working Group (SDWG) (Arctic Council Secretariat, 2019-05)
    The Gender Equality in the Arctic (GEA) project is endorsed by the Arctic Council Sustainable Development Working Group. Phase I (2013-2015) aimed to promote and expand the dialogue on Gender Equality in the Arctic. An ...
  • Teacher Education For Social Justice And Diversity Conclusions 

    Sustainable Development Working Group (SDWG) (Arctic Council Secretariat, 2019-05)
    The five conclusions introduced in this booklet were developed based on the implementation of the 2017–2019 project Teacher Education for Diversity and Equality in the Arctic. The Arctic Council and all eight Arctic countries ...
  • Including The North: A Comparative Study Of The Policies On Inclusion And Equity In The Circumpolar North 

    Sustainable Development Working Group (SDWG) (Arctic Council Secretariat, 2019-05)
    This book celebrates the University of the Arctic Thematic Network on Teacher Education for Social Justice and Diversity. The Network was established in Ulan Ude, Republic of Buryatia in Russia, in 2015 with six founding ...
  • “If we lose the Arctic, we lose the world” Report of the 1st Arctic Resilience Forum 10-11 September 2018 in Rovaniemi, Finland 

    Sustainable Development Working Group (SDWG) (Arctic Council Secretariat, 2019-05)
    The 1st Arctic Resilience Forum, which was organized 10-11 September 2018 in Rovaniemi, Finland, helped to form a better understanding of the opportunities for cooperation connected to Arctic resilience. The Forum showcased ...
  • Arctic Sustainable Energy Futures: The Arctic Community Energy Planning And Implementation (ACEPI) Toolkit Final Report 

    Sustainable Development Working Group (SDWG) (Arctic Council Secretariat, 2019-05)
    Each community in the Arctic is unique, with vast differences in geography, resources, and needs. However, maximizing the use of clean energy resources for affordable and reliable electricity and heating is consistently a ...
  • Good Practices For Environmental Impact Assessment and Meaningful Engagement in the Arctic 

    Sustainable Development Working Group (SDWG) (Arctic Council Secretariat, 2019-05)
    Increasing economic activity in the Arctic, including a growing number of large-scale projects, provides the rationale for the Arctic Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) project. How to plan and design large-scale projects ...
  • Arctic Resilience Action Framework (ARAF) 2017 – 2019 Implementation Project Final Project Report 

    Sustainable Development Working Group (SDWG) (Arctic Council Secretariat, 2019-05)
    The Arctic is warming shockingly fast, twice as fast at the rest of the planet, and this warming is bringing dramatic transformation around the circumpolar region. Arctic communities are adapting where possible, but the ...
  • The Arctic as a Food Producing Region 

    Sustainable Development Working Group (SDWG) (Arctic Council Secretariat, 2019-05)
    In 2016, the Sustainable Development Working Group (SDWG) endorsed The Arctic as a Food Producing Region research project. Involving research teams from Iceland, Norway, Canada, Greenland and Russia, the objective of the ...
  • Arctic Community Energy Planning And Implementation Toolkit 

    Sustainable Development Working Group (SDWG) (Arctic Council Secretariat, 2019-05)
    Gwich’in saw the promise in the Arctic Council, when we applied for Permanent Participant status in 2002. As the most most northerly First Nation in Canada, our communities are at the forefront of a changing climate. We ...
  • Arctic Community Energy Planning and Implementation Toolkit 

    Sustainable Development Working Group (SDWG) (Arctic Council Secretariat, 2019-03)
    Each Arctic community is unique, with vast differences in geography, resources and needs. Yet in most communities, reliable and affordable electricity and heating are high priorities.
  • Arctic Remote Energy Network Academy (ARENA) Achievements Report 

    Sustainable Development Working Group (SDWG) (Arctic Council Secretariat, 2019-03)
    Throughout the Arctic, there are many examples of human resourcefulness and creativity in developing and adapting technology to the challenging environment and remoteness of the region. Maximizing the use of locally available ...

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