A Saami perspective on the UN Sustainable Development Goals

Theme 5. Other
Session Name 5.10 The UN Sustainable Development Goals: A signpost for societal relevant polar research?
Datetime Sep 05, 2018 10:50 AM - 11:00 AM (UTC +3)
Location IT112
Presentation Type Oral
Presenter Gunn-Britt Retter
Author(s) Gunn-Britt Retter (Saami Council, Norway)
Abstract text

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) are quite general of nature, as such there should be something to reach for to everyone. In committing to the realization of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, no one should be left behind. The success of the Sustainable Development Agenda 2030 depends on how the goals are measured. There are 232 indicators already adopted through the Indicators Framework.  This session will discuss the need for SDGs and indicators specified for polar regions. The Arctic Council Sustainable Development Working Group (SDWG) has since 2004 produced two Arctic Human Development Reports (AHDR), the Arctic Social Indicators Report and been the home for the Survey of Living Conditions in the Arctic (SLiCA). Through these project reports it has been demonstrated that mainstream indicators and national statistics do not always provide information that fully reflects the quality and life conditions in the Arctic communities. Based on these lessons, it would be viable to develop polar indicators, adapted to the needs and lives in the high north. The presentation will from a Saami perspective discuss if there is a need to develop Polar indicators for the SDGs. It will also discuss what such indicators might look like answer and discuss which SDGs are most relevant for having polar indicators.

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