Under Executive Order 13689 (“Enhancing Coordination of National Efforts in the Arctic”), the Arctic Executive Steering Committee (AESC) is authorized to “establish subcommittees and working groups, consisting of representatives from relevant agencies, to focus on specific key issues and assist in in carrying out its responsibilities.”

Soon after its inception in 2015, the AESC created a working group to address resilience issues in Alaska and the broader Arctic region. In 2022, the AESC gave that working group its current name – the Arctic Resilience Working Group (ARWG) – and provided it with a written charter.

Pursuant to its charter, the ARWG supports activities that advance resilience of communities in the Arctic and serves as a forum for developing coordinated Federal actions that bolster community resilience. The ARWG is empowered to communicate and collaborate with the State of Alaska, local governments, tribal governments, Alaska Native communities, tribal serving organizations, and other partners to develop actions for the AESC to consider. The ARWG meets monthly in plenary and may create smaller working groups or task teams to work on specific efforts. More information about the ARWG can be found in the charter.

View full EO 13689 here.

Charter of the Arctic Community Resilience Working Group Arctic Executive Steering Committee

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