Association of Polar Early Career Scientists


Who's Who - Polar Acronyms

Sustainable Development Working Group
he sustainable development program of the Arctic Council has a clear goal
- to propose and adopt steps to be taken by the Arctic States to advance sustainable development in the Arctic, including opportunities
- to protect and enhance the environment and the economies, culture and health of Indigenous Peoples and Arctic communities, as well as
- to improve the environmental, economic and social conditions of Arctic communities as a whole.

The guiding tenet running throughout the work of the Sustainable Development Working Group (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 benefit from the opportunities emerging in the Arctic Region.

Increasingly, the activities of the Arctic Council, across all working groups, have become cross-cutting. In this regard, the SDWG is ever more required to contribute to Arctic Council priority areas being carried out by other working groups and subsidiary bodies. The SDWG has an important contribution to make to this
cross-cutting work, particularly in the socio-economic dimension and has been exploring new ways to organize and conduct its work with the aim of taking a more strategic view of its priorities and work ahead.

SDWG Chairmanship is currently held by Sweden and the SDWG Secretariat is based in Canada.

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