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Making Regional Sense of Global Sustainable Development Indicators for the Arctic
Philosophy and History, KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Philosophy and History of Technology, History of Science, Technology and Environment.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8939-6798
Stefansson Arctic Institute and University of Akureyri.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-6207-9939
2020 (English)In: Sustainability, ISSN 2071-1050, E-ISSN 2071-1050, Vol. 12, no 3, article id 1027Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Since the global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were adopted in 2015, eorts areunderway to identify indicators for monitoring progress. However, perceptions of sustainabilityare scale and place specific, and there has also been a call for Sustainable Development Goals andindicators that are more relevant for the Arctic than the global perspectives. Based on earlier andongoing eorts to identify Arctic Social Indicators for monitoring human development, insights fromscenario workshops and interviews at various locations in the Barents region and Greenland andon studies of adaptive capacity and resilience in the Arctic, we provide an exploratory assessmentof the global SDGs and indicators from an Arctic perspective. We especially highlight a need foradditional attention to demography, including outmigration; indigenous rights; Arctic-relevantmeasures of economic development; and social capital and institutions that can support adaptationand transformation in this rapidly changing region. Issues brought up by the SDG frameworkthat need more attention in Arctic monitoring include gender, and food and energy security. Wefurthermore highlight a need for initiatives that can support bottom–up processes for identifyinglocally relevant indicators for sustainable development that could serve as a way to engage Arcticresidents and other regional and local actors in shaping the future of the region and local communities,within a global sustainability context.

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2020. Vol. 12, no 3, article id 1027
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Arctic; polar regions; sustainable development; human development; SDGs; indicators
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Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
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History of Science, Technology and Environment
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-267063DOI: 10.3390/su12031027OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-267063DiVA, id: diva2:1390724
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