SDWG Representatives

 

International SDWG Chair
Pekka Shemeikka, Finland
Pekka.Shemeikka@formin.fi

SDWG Executive Secretary
Bernard Funston, Canada
bfunston@acsdwg.com
+1-613-761-2618

 

SDWG Contact Information

DelegationNameOrganizationArctic Council AffiliationTelephoneE-mail
CanadaSarah CoxAboriginal Affairs and Northern Development CanadaHead of Delegation+1-819-997-8318 Sarah.Cox@aadnc-aandc.gc.ca
Kingdom of DenmarkCatherina HvistendalDepartment of Foreign Affairs, Government of GreenlandHead of Delegationcahv@nanoq.gl
FinlandTuuli OjalaFinland Ministry of Foreign AffairsHead of Delegation+358 295 351 701Tuuli.Ojala@formin.fi
IcelandJón Erlingur JónassonIceland Ministry of Foreign AffairsHead of Delegation+354 545 9933jej@mfa.is
Norway Tommy FlakkNorway Ministry of Foreign AffairsHead of Delegation+47 239 50 832Tommy.Flakk@mfa.no
Russian FederationDmitry VeriginMinistry of Economic Development of the Russian FederationHead of Delegation+ 7 (495) 870-80-00, ext.1472vda@economy.gov.ru
Sweden Kristian LindvallSweden Ministry of Foreign AffairsHead of Delegationkristian.lindvall@gov.se
United States of AmericaReid Creedon (SDWG Co-Vice Chair)U.S. Department of StateHead of Delegation CreedonRM@state.gov
AACCindy DicksonArctic Athabaskan CouncilAAC Executive Director - point of contact+1-867-335-6030cdickson@mac.com
AIALiza MackAleut International AssociationHead of Delegation – Permanent Participantlmack2@alaska.edu
GCI Grant SullivanGwich’in Council InternationalGCI Executive Director - point of contactGSullivan@gwichin.nt.ca
ICCNancy Karetak-Lindell ICC CanadaICC Head of Delegation – Permanent Participant+1-613-563-2642NKaretak-Lindell@inuitcircumpolar.com
RAIPONGrigory LedkovRussian Association of the Indigenous Peoples of the NorthHead of Delegation – Permanent Participant+47 974 88 558raipon@raipon.info
Saami CouncilGunn-Britt RetterSaami CouncilHead of Delegation – Permanent Participant+47 994 90 344GBR@SaamiCouncil.net
SDWG ChairPekka ShemeikkaFinland Ministry of Foreign AffairsInternational Chair, Sustainable Development Working GroupPekka.Shemeikka@formin.fi
SDWG Executive SecretaryBernard FunstonSustainable Development Working Group SecretariatExecutive Secretary, Sustainable Development Working Group+1-613-761-2618bfunston@acsdwg.com
SDWG Co-Vice ChairOuti Paadar (SDWG Co-Vice Chair)Saami CouncilPermanent Participantouti.paadar@gmail.com

 

Observers

The Arctic Council also recognizes the following Observers that may attend and participate in SDWG Regular Meetings:

Thirteen Non-Arctic States:

  1. France – Barrow Ministerial meeting, 2000
  2. Germany – Iqaluit Ministerial meeting, 1998*
  3. Italian Republic – Kiruna Ministerial meeting, 2013
  4. Japan – Kiruna Ministerial meeting, 2013*
  5. The Netherlands – Iqaluit Ministerial meeting, 1998*
  6. People’s Republic of China – Kiruna Ministerial meeting, 2013
  7. Poland – Iqaluit Ministerial meeting, 1998*
  8. Republic of India – Kiruna Ministerial meeting, 2013
  9. Republic of Korea – Kiruna Ministerial meeting, 2013
  10. Republic of Singapore – Kiruna Ministerial meeting, 2013
  11. Spain – Salekhard Ministerial meeting, 2006
  12. Switzerland – Fairbanks Ministerial meeting, 2017
  13. United Kingdom – Iqaluit Ministerial meeting, 1998*

[*Present at the Arctic Council signing ceremony in Ottawa 19 September, 1996. (See 3rd paragraph of the JOINT COMMUNIQUE OF THE GOVERNMENTS OF THE ARCTIC COUNTRIES ON THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE ARCTIC COUNCIL).]

Thirteen Intergovernmental and Inter-Parliamentary Organizations:

  1. International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES)– Fairbanks Ministerial meeting, 2017
  2. International Federation of Red Cross & Red Crescent Societies (IFRC)– Barrow Ministerial meeting, 2000
  3. International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN)– Barrow Ministerial meeting, 2000*
  4. Nordic Council of Ministers (NCM)– Iqaluit Ministerial meeting, 1998*
  5. Nordic Environment Finance Corporation (NEFCO)– Reykjavik Ministerial meeting, 2004
  6. North Atlantic Marine Mammal Commission (NAMMCO)– Barrow Ministerial meeting, 2000
  7. OSPAR Commission– Fairbanks Ministerial, 2017
  8. Standing Committee of the Parliamentarians of the Arctic Region (SCPAR)– Iqaluit Ministerial meeting, 1998*
  9. United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UN-ECE)– Iqaluit Ministerial meeting, 1998
  10. United Nations Development Program (UNDP)– Inari Ministerial meeting 2002
  11. United Nations Environment Program (UNEP)– Iqaluit Ministerial meeting, 1998*
  12. World Meteorological Organization (WMO)– Fairbanks Ministerial meeting, 2017
  13. West Nordic Council (WNC)– Fairbanks Ministerial meeting, 2017

[*Present at the Arctic Council signing ceremony in Ottawa 19 September, 1996. (See 3rd paragraph of the JOINT COMMUNIQUE OF THE GOVERNMENTS OF THE ARCTIC COUNTRIES ON THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE ARCTIC COUNCIL). At the Kiruna Ministerial Meeting in 2013, the Arctic Council received the application of the EU for Observer status affirmatively, but deferred a final decision. Until such time as Ministers of the Arctic States may reach a final decision, the EU may observe Council proceedings.]

Thirteen Non-governmental Organizations:

  1. Advisory Committee on Protection of the Seas (ACOPS)– Barrow Ministerial meeting, 2000*
  2. Arctic Institute of North America (AINA)(Formerly Arctic Cultural Gateway (ACG)) – Reykjavik Ministerial meeting, 2004 (as: Arctic Circumpolar Route)
  3. Association of World Reindeer Herders (AWRH)– Barrow Ministerial meeting, 2000
  4. Circumpolar Conservation Union (CCU)– Barrow Ministerial meeting, 2000
  5. International Arctic Science Committee (IASC)– Iqaluit Ministerial meeting, 1998*
  6. International Arctic Social Sciences Association (IASSA)– Barrow Ministerial meeting, 2000
  7. International Union for Circumpolar Health (IUCH)– Iqaluit Ministerial meeting, 1998*
  8. International Work Group for Indigenous Affairs (IWGIA)– Inari Ministerial meeting, 2002
  9. National Geographic Society (NGS)– Fairbanks Ministerial meeting, 2017
  10. Northern Forum (NF)– Iqaluit Ministerial meeting, 1998
  11. Oceana– Fairbanks Ministerial meeting, 2017
  12. University of the Arctic (UArctic)– Inari Ministerial meeting, 2002
  13. World Wide Fund for Nature-Global Arctic Program (WWF)– Iqaluit Ministerial meeting, 1998*

[*Present at the Arctic Council signing ceremony in Ottawa 19 September, 1996. (See 3rd paragraph of the JOINT COMMUNIQUE OF THE GOVERNMENTS OF THE ARCTIC COUNTRIES ON THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE ARCTIC COUNCIL).]