Arctic Social Indicators

A follow-up to the Arctic Human Development Report

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This report is a result of and follow-up to the Arctic Human Development Report (AHDR), which appeared in 2004 and had been conducted under the auspices of the Arctic Council’s Sustainable Development Working Group (SDWG). The AHDR marked processes of maturation within the Arctic Council and beyond. On the one hand, the AHDR represented the first social science-driven report prepared for the Arctic Council, indicating that various stakeholders, from politicians to Arctic residents, understood the importance of the ”human dimension”for sustainable development in the Arctic. On the other hand, the processes leading to the AHDR marked new developments in the relationship between Arctic governance and scholarship, including coordinated support for the report from the Standing Committee of Parliamentarians of the Arctic Region (SCPAR).




Education is often emphasized as a key field of concern when unfolding the concept of development in connection with the identification of key social relations of ongoing changes in the Arctic. For many the question of access to education is perceived as a key indicator of human development as it contributes to the accumulation of human capital. Equally important, however, is the content of education, including how well it fulfills different levels of needs - local, regional, national, and global - and thereby contributes to the role that the social capital may have in a specific setting.


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