The UArctic Strategic Plan 2009-2013 states that UArctic shall look to increase leadership of indigenous peoples in the operation and governance, as well as programmatic activities of UArctic.

The International Arctic Research Center (IARC) will hold a public lecture on Wednesday, 7 October 2009. The lecture, entitled "Sustainability in a changing Arctic: forces for change and sustainability options," is being held as part of the October Polar Week.