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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).

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Material well-being in the Arctic

Material well-being of a place can be defined as a measure of local residents command over goods and services. In constructing its Human Development Index (HDI), the United Nations uses gross domestic product (GDP) a monetary value of all goods and services produced in a given year as an indicator of material wellbeing. But while GDP is an accepted measure in countries throughout the world, its usefulness in the Arctic is questionable.

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