Acting Executive Director of the Northern Forum Daryana Maximova participated in the plenary session of SDWG virtual meeting, held on June 8-9 2020.

Northern Forum has Observer status in the Arctic Council since 1996.

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The virtual meeting of the Arctic Council Sustainable Development Working Group (SDWG) hosted more than 90 participants. The online format of the event is introduced in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The two-day meeting incorporated remote presenters and plenary discussions held on June 8-9 2020.

The Sustainable Development Working Group promotes self-sufficient, resilient, and healthy Arctic communities. Their thematic areas include human health, economic and social development, climate change adaptation, the well-being of Arctic communities, management of natural resources, and Arctic cultures and languages. In 2020, Iceland took over the chairmanship of the SDWG.

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The active engagement of the 6 Permanent Participants is one of the key features of the Arctic Council and the SDWG that have developed good practices for a dynamic involvement of Indigenous Peoples and their communities. At the virtual meeting chaired by Iceland, attendees present their project proposals and endorse status reports on the on-going projects.

As the current pandemic evolves, the focus on the health effects of the coronavirus widens within the SDWG. In the months and years after the pandemic, a holistic approach to mental health and suicide prevention, infrastructure and connectivity as well as food security in the Arctic will, therefore, become a priority for the SDWG and Arctic communities.

 

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