Arctic Human Development Report

Regional Processes and Global Linkages

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The goals of the second volume of the AHDR – Arctic Human Development Report: Regional Processes and Global Linkages – are to provide an update to the first AHDR (2004) in terms of an assessment of the state of Arctic human development; to highlight the major trends and changes unfolding related to the various issues and thematic areas of human development in the Arctic over the past decade; and, based on this assessment, to identify policy relevant conclusions and key gaps in knowledge, new and emerging Arctic success stories.




A decade has passed since the publication of the Arctic Human Development Report (AHDR, 2004). That report, the first assessment of human development in the Arctic, described the unprecedented combination of rapid changes confronting Arctic societies, including environmental and economic changes, cultural transformations, industrial expansion and political developments. It provided a snapshot of the Arctic region at the beginning of the 21st century, and a baseline to “serve as a point of departure for assessing progress in the future” (AHDR, 2004: 15).


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