SDWG will hold its first regular meeting of the Finnish Chairmanship in Inari, Finland on 21-22 September 2017. Information & documents are available in the MEETINGS/WORK AREA..
FINAL SDWG project reports (2015-2017) are now available! Please see SDWG ACHIEVEMENTS 2015-2017 under the ACTIVITIES tab.
News & Other Activities
Read this article in the World Policy Blog which references the SDWG's WASH project: The Arctic Council Could Be a Leader in Promoting the Right to Water
SDWG's Arctic Human Health Experts Group, (AHHEG) met on June 10, 2017 at the ICASS IX conference in Umeå, Sweden. The representatives at the meeting included Finland, USA, Sweden, Kingdom of Denmark, Canada, Iceland, and Inuit Circumpolar Council (Canada). Project updates were provided on One Heath, RISING SUN, WASH, and ICS. The project entitled "Research Ethics and Indigenous Communities" will be reported at the next AHHEG meeting in Inari, Finland on September 30, 2017. A new SDWG project proposal, Arctic Network on Occupational Health and Safety (ANOSH), was introduced. Injury prevention and occupational health is one of the important future topics in the AHHEG “Gap Analysis” prepared during the AHHEG meeting in Tromso, Norway in 2016. Collaboration and joint meetings with the AMAP's Human Health Assessment Group (HHAG) and AHHEG have already began, and the next one will be in Inari 1st October, 2017. The main joint interests of these health expert groups are One Health collaboration (food and water security) and biobanking in the Arctic.
A new SDWG Project,“Arctic Children, Pre-school education and smooth transition to school”, will launch in August 2017. An expedition of Finnish and Russian experts will visit Yamal-Nenets Autonomous Okrug of Russia to undertake research and evaluation of the best practices within the sphere of pre-school education among the Arctic Indigenous peoples. The expedition is organized by the Federal Agency for Nationalities, Ministry for Economic Development of Russia and the government of Yamal-Nenets Autonomous Okrug, in close cooperation with colleagues from Finland. For more information, please view our press release and visit the official portal of RAIPON.
The 2017 Arctic Energy Summit, an endorsed SDWG project, will be held in Helsinki, Finland on 18-20 September 2017. Registration is open and we are encouraging sponsorship opportunities. For more information, please visit the ARCTIC ENERGY SUMMIT website.
The Arctic Remote Energy Networks Academy (ARENA) project hosted its first on-site session in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories on March 20-27, 2017. This SDWG project is being led by Canada, the United States, Iceland, the Gwich’in Council International and the Aleut International Association. For more information on ARENA and the recent Canadian on-site session, please visit the ARENA Website.
The RISING SUN project held a workshop in Iqaluit, Nunavut on 01-02 March 2017 to review domestic and international understanding of suicide and to determine the merit and feasibility of trying to implement the RISING SUN toolkit. Please CLICK HERE for more information and for the Workshop Program. For a media report about the workshop, please CLICK HERE.