Most of the Arctic, like most of the world, is commonly owned. With ownership comes the obligation to manage our resources for the benefit of the total. To do that, we must understand the reality, the richness, and the responsibility of the North.

– Governor Walter J. Hickel, Founder

Arctic Dialogue on SDGs

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Sat, March 04, 2017 - 1:30pm

Arctic Dialogue: Sustainable Development Goals in Northern Communities

Closed Session

The Institute of the North, in collaboration with Guggenheim Partners, will host an “Arctic Dialogue” on Saturday, March 4, 2017, from 1:30pm until 4:30pm. This afternoon session – post-Iditarod Race Start – will involve local, state and indigenous leaders in a facilitated discussion of the Sustainable Development Goals as they relate to the Arctic.

Alaskan leaders will reflect on current social challenges, public services and economic health of northern communities. After an overview of the Sustainable Development Goals, participants will split into small groups to discuss the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and associated Targets. Attendees will have a chance to add, edit or otherwise adapt the SDGs and their Targets to a northern context. Especially important will be to consider each through lenses of indigenous, local and state governance.

Anticipated outcomes from this session include:

  • A better understanding of the socio-economic context of communities
  • The ability to articulate that context as a baseline for future investment or resource distribution
  • Education within Alaska about the Sustainable Development Goals
  • Feedback from Alaskans about the SDGs – what resonates, what doesn’t and what’s missing; prioritization of SDGs from an Alaskan perspective
  • Awareness within Alaska about the Finnish Chairmanship and intersection with Alaska

A final report that shares products from this session will be distributed within Alaska and to other Arctic nations, and spur a circumpolar conversation about the SDGs in time for the Finnish Chairmanship of the Arctic Council. Finland has said that the Sustainable Development Goals will inform their agenda from 2017-2019.

Links to information about the Sustainable Development Goals: