Looking with binoculars on the sustainable development in the Arctic: Opportunities and challenges arising from the conceptual framework of the Agenda2030

Theme 5. Other
Session Name 5.10 The UN Sustainable Development Goals: A signpost for societal relevant polar research?
Presentation Type Oral
Author(s) Eeva Furman (Finnish environment institute, SYKE, Finland)
Abstract text

The Agenda2030 with its goals, targets, indicators and conceptual framework was set on the global level by countries in close collaboration with NGOs. However, the practical application takes place on local, national, and regional levels. The Arctic is one of these regions, which is striving to move effectively towards sustainable development.

I will start by questioning, how the interlinkages between the SDGs are understood in the arctic context and beyond. I will continue on flows of natural resources, pollution, people, lifestyles and finances within the Arctic and beyond and what kind of new governance models are needed to tackle the challenges that arise from these flows.

Secondly, I will speak about radical transformations and pathways linked to them, and show how this resonates to the arctic context. The partnerships between various public and private sectors need to play a key role in the transformations and in building the knowledge base. Who are the actors for building new innovations and evidence of their effectiveness? Who are the actors needed for planning and pushing societal transformations towards sustainable development in the Arctic?  

Finally, I will elaborate on the pace of sustainable development. Evidence pushes us to make rapid progress without leaving anyone behind. What kind of knowledge and transformation processes would be most beneficial for the Arctic to stand as a model for sustainable development?

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