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.

Website: sdwg.arctic-council.org

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  • EALLU Abridged Edition 2018 

    Sustainable Development Working Group (SDWG) (Arctic Council Secretariat, 2018)
    This is a book about the fabulous abundance and diversity of food in the Arctic. While many think of the Arctic as a place of climatic extremes and scarcity, in fact the Arctic hosts an extraordinary food culture, built ...
  • SDWG Strategic Framework - Part One: Strategic Vision; Part Two: Implementation Plan 

    Sustainable Development Working Group (SDWG) (Arctic Council Secretariat, 2017-02-13)
    Through its work, the SDWG will develop networks that strengthen the capacity of Arctic Indigenous peoples and Arctic communities as a whole. The aim is to provide decision-makers with knowledge-based information, derived ...
  • Meeting Summary: Sustainable Development Working Group (SDWG), Kotzebue, Alaska, February 07-08, 2017 

    Sustainable Development Working Group (SDWG) (Arctic Council Secretariat, 2017-02-13)
    Meeting summary, from the SDWG gathering in Kozebue, Alaska, 7-8 February 2017.
  • Results of an Arctic Council Survey on Water and Sanitation Services in the Arctic 

    Sustainable Development Working Group (SDWG) (Sustainable Development Working Group, 2017-05-11)
    Access to clean drinking water and sanitation is a basic human right. The 2015 UN Goals for Sustainable Development include providing access to safe and affordable drinking water and adequate sanitation and hygiene for all ...
  • Reducing the Incidence of Suicide in Indigenous Groups - Strengths United through Networks 2015-2017 

    Sustainable Development Working Group (SDWG) (Sustainable Development Working Group, 2017-05-11)
    Under the US Arctic Council Chairmanship theme of Improving Economic and Living Conditions in Arctic Communities, the RISING SUN initiative used a consensus-building process to identify common outcomes and their measures ...
  • One Health; Operationalizing One Health in the Arctic 

    Sustainable Development Working Group (SDWG) (Sustainable Development Working Group, 2017-05-11)
    One Health is a particularly well-matched tool to advance the understanding of health threats from the direct and indirect impacts of climate change in the Arctic. As a multidisciplinary approach, One Health strengthens ...
  • The Economy of the North 2015 

    Sustainable Development Working Group (SDWG) (Sustainable Development Working Group, 2017-05-11)
    The objective of The Economy of the North 2015 is to present a comprehensive overview of the economy of the circumpolar Arctic, including the traditional production activities of the indigenous peoples. The ECONOR III ...
  • Arctic Renewable Energy Atlas; Project Presentation 

    Sustainable Development Working Group (SDWG) (Sustainable Development Working Group, 2017-05-11)
    The Arctic Renewable Energy Atlas (AREA) is an endorsed project of the Arctic Council's Sustainable Development Working Group (SDWG), intended to enhance knowledge of the best practices and local adoption of renewable ...
  • SDWG Strategic Framework 2017 

    Sustainable Development Working Group (SDWG) (Sustainable Development Working Group, 2017-05-11)
    The Framework constitutes the context in which the SDWG's activities will be conducted over the period 2017-2030. It provides the SDWG with a Strategic Vision statement and an Implementation plan that frame the Working ...
  • Water Innovations for Healthy Arctic Homes (WIHAH) - Conference report 

    Sustainable Development Working Group (SDWG) (Sustainable Development Working Group, 2017-05-11)
    The Water Innovations for Healthy Arctic Homes (WIHAH) conference was held in Anchorage, Alaska, September 18-21, 2016. The conference convened international experts, engineers, health experts, academics and community ...
  • EALLU; Indigenous Youth, Arctic Change & Food Culture 

    Sustainable Development Working Group (SDWG) (Sustainable Development Working Group, 2017-05-11)
    This is a book about the fabulous abundance and diversity of food in the Arctic. While many think of the Arctic as a place of harsh climate and scarcity, in fact the Arctic hosts an extraordinary food culture, built on ...
  • 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, ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...

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