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INTERNATIONAL HIGH-LEVEL CONFERENCE:

"THE SDG'S IN THE ARCTIC - LOCAL AND GLOBAL PERSPECTIVES"

COPENHAGEN, 1 DECEMBER 2017

CONCEPT NOTE

Background

The Kingdom of Denmark is centrally located in the Arctic and encompasses Denmark, Greenland and the Faroe Islands. The Arctic region covers a vast area spanning multiple countries and communities, each with their own way of life, natural environment and economies adapted to their environment. Typical features in this area are a richness of terrestrial and marine resources and a challenging climate. While the changing climate is providing potential new economic opportunities, the region faces challenges in terms of securing sustainable economic growth and development for the people living in the Arctic.

The Arctic Council in its Fairbanks Declaration, 11 May 2017 reaffirmed the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and the need for their realization by 2030.

In order to address challenges and explore opportunities in the Arctic, the Kingdom of Denmark is hosting a high-level Conference with a focus on connecting two of the most topical issues of our time: the Arctic and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Main objectives

By bringing in high-level global, local, public and private sector perspectives, discussions will focus on how engagement from these stakeholders, including in areas such as investments, exports, and tourism, can contribute to and strengthen sustainable economic development in the Arctic and how the Arctic can contribute to the global achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.

The conference will i.a. examine how the universal SDGs are also relevant in the Arctic. Is it a predetermined match or should the SDGs be viewed through an Arctic prism? The Conference asks the question what drives future growth and how the SDGs are suited as framework for sustainable economic development in the Arctic. Another core aspect is to examine the role of local business and global private actors in this context.

The overall objective is to find ways to keep the Arctic on a path towards a peaceful, prosperous and sustainable future.