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Introducing the new SDWG Chair: “It’s necessary to protect Arctic cultures, languages and traditions.”

Abidat Magomedova is the new Chair of the Sustainable Development Working Group (SDWG). She serves as Deputy Director of the Department of International Cooperation and T...
14 Dec 2021

Award-winning Arctic Council project brings Indigenous food culture to Arctic Food Festival in Moscow

The EALLU Indigenous Youth, Food Knowledge and Arctic Change project recently won the Gourmand Best of the Best Award and will present the traditional food culture of Ind...
08 Dec 2021

Arctic Council Sustainable Development Working Group Met in Moscow

The Arctic Council's Sustainable Development Working Group (SDWG) met in Moscow in a hybrid format.
08 Nov 2021

Time-witness reports: I was dealing with the nuts and bolts

Bernard Funston is one of the architects of key documents that still guide the Arctic Council’s work today. A lawyer by training monitoring the Arctic Environmental Prote...
27 Oct 2021

Quiz: Which 2021 Arctic Council report should you read based on your interests?

In 2021, the Arctic Council's Working and Expert Groups released over 50 new reports on topics including climate change, emergency response, biodiversity, Arctic shipping...
25 Oct 2021

Time witness reports: The Council’s informal structure has been important to its longevity and success

Harald Finkler has experienced and captured the evolution of the Arctic Council firsthand – both with his camera and in his interview for this time witness report. For al...
05 Oct 2021

Introducing the new SDWG Chair: “We can bring concrete results to people in the Arctic"

Dr. Oleg Solyakov is the new Chair of the Sustainable Development Working Group (SDWG) and with the Russian Chairmanship’s focus on people in the Arctic, he enters his ro...
13 Jul 2021

Following the tracks of snowbirds: The Arctic Demography Index

For the first time, the Arctic Council will develop a comprehensive insight to demographic trends in the Arctic. The Arctic Demography Index will look into the natural ca...
01 Jul 2021

Building the future: An ode to youth and resilience

At the Arctic Frontiers 2021 conference, Joel Clement held the keynote for the “Building the future” panel. His inspirational speech was an ode to empowering youth and bu...
10 May 2021

Covid-19: The Arctic Experience

Covid-19 is a global pandemic, a shock with wide-ranging implications. The longer-term implications remain unclear. However, we’ve already learned that we are not all imp...
10 May 2021

Changing the narrative: Addressing suicide through storytelling

Bringing an Inuit perspective on mental wellness to the Sustainable Development Working Group
10 May 2021

The workhorses behind the success

The work of the Arctic Council is so intricately linked to its six Working Groups that it would be impossible to write about the Council’s accomplishments without referri...
10 May 2021

Gender equality for a sustainable and prosperous Arctic

Assessing gender issues in the Arctic is a challenging and important step towards gender equality.
10 May 2021

Fish collagen and Senegal flounders

Iceland is leading the way in the blue bioeconomy and initiated a study to explore its potential in the Arctic. While there’s no one-size-fits-all business model, ocean i...
10 May 2021

Interview with the Arctic Council Social, Economic and Cultural Expert Group

What is the Social, Economic and Cultural Expert Group? What issues and projects is it involved in? Learn about this Expert Group of the Sustainable Development Working G...
12 Jan 2021

Interview with the Arctic Council’s Arctic Human Health Expert Group

What is the Arctic Human Health Expert Group? What issues and projects is it involved in? Learn about this Expert Group of the Sustainable Development Working Group throu...
11 Jan 2021

Powered by Nature: The Old Crow Solar Project

How one remote Arctic community transitioned to green energy – and why it doesn’t need to be an exception
14 Dec 2020

Finding the nexus between water, energy and food in the Arctic

The Sustainable Development Working Group of the Arctic Council will launch the first water, energy and food nexus study in the Arctic. The project will identify intercon...
03 Dec 2020

An actionable blueprint: the Arctic Resilience Forum 2020

The second Arctic Resilience Forum was hosted entirely online – and successfully so. We spoke to the two main organizers: Jennifer Spence, the Executive Secretary of the ...
02 Dec 2020

Healthy communities need healthy oceans - An Athabaskan perspective on a sustainable Arctic Ocean

Chief Gary Harrison is chairman of the Chickaloon Native Village, located North-East of Anchorage, Alaska, and representative of the Arctic Athabaskan Council. As the Arc...
19 Oct 2020
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08 Feb 2022
SDWG Executive Meeting 2022-I Online
26 Mar-01 Apr 2022
Arctic Science Summit Week (ASSW) 2022 Tromsø, Norway
28 Mar-31 Mar 2022
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30 Mar-01 Apr 2022
Arctic Observing Summit 2022 Tromsø, Norway
31 Mar-01 Apr 2022
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21 May-23 May 2022
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24 May-26 May 2022
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21 Aug-26 Aug 2022
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