Strengths, Well-Being and Engagement of Youth in the Arctic

Tuesday 10 September, 12:00-16:00

National Museum of Iceland, Suðurgötu 41, 101 Reykjavík

Thematic conference held in connection with the Arctic Council SDWG meetings in Reykjavik and Isafjordur from 10 to 12 September. 

The Arctic has come into global focus because of climate change and its impacts on nature, economy and society. However, it is not often discussed how young people in the Arctic, their well-being and perspectives on the sustainability of northern communities are impacted by these changes. Issues such as education, employment prospects, migration, or health issues, such as mental health and high suicide rates among youth – merit prioritization in terms of research, dialogue and policy. 

The conference will explore youth perspectives through engagement and research, with emphasis on protective factors and social inclusion. The strengths and well-being of youth will be presented through knowledge translation from research to real life situations, with emphasis on preventive psychiatric care (trauma informed care, TIC) with youth involvement and respect for cultural diversity and sustainability. 

The conference is a part of the priorities of the Icelandic Chairmanship of the Arctic Council related to the well-being of people and communities of the Arctic. The results of the conference will be presented and discussed at the SDWG meeting in Isafjordur the following day. 

The conference is organized by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs in cooperation with the Icelandic Arctic Cooperation Network, the University of Iceland Institute for International Affairs, Centre for Arctic Studies and the University of Akureyri.