The President of Iceland has formally launched a new Nordic cleantech incubator at Masdar City, Abu Dhabi. The office, opened under the auspices of the Nordic Council of Ministers, will provide a soft landing zone for Nordic cleantech companies that seek new business opportunities in the Emirates and the wider Gulf area.
Politicians from the Faroe Islands and Greenland pointed to their pragmatic dialogue with Denmark as an effective model for Europe’s autonomous regions during a peace seminar hosted by the Nordic Council on Åland. The Council is also discussing whether to include the Sámi Parliament in its work following an approach by the Sámi Parliamentary Council.
Representatives from the Nordic Council and the Baltic Assembly met MEPs from the Nordic and Baltic countries on Thursday to discuss the EU’s Eastern Partnership. There was a broad consensus that cooperation between politicians with regard to information could be more efficient, as could cooperation to take the sting out of the information war from the East.
Nordisk Ministerråds formandskabsland Danmark har i dag udsendt en pressemeddelelse, hvor Minister for Nordisk Samarbejde Carsten Hansen og Udenrigsminister Martin Lidegaard kommenterer meddelelsen om, at Nordisk Ministerråds kontor i Skt. Petersborg inkluderes på listen over NGOer, der betragtes som udenlandske agenter i Rusland - en beslutning taget i forgårs af det russiske justitsministerium.
On 20 January, the Russian Ministry of Justice decided to include the Nordic Council of Ministers’ office in St Petersburg on the list of NGOs considered as foreign agents in Russia. The Nordic countries have appealed against this decision. The decision was preceded by a letter from the local prosecution authorities in St Petersburg in which the Council of Ministers’ activities were classified as political.
- The human rights of victims of trafficking should be at the centre of all efforts against trafficking, and victims should be protected, assisted and empowered , said Sonja Mandt, Norwegian MP and a member of the Nordic Council, at the Nordic Council of Ministers knowledge forum on human trafficking in Riga.
A knowledge forum has been organised on 27-28 November in Riga, Latvia as part of the Nordic Council of Ministers' project for a smarter, faster and more effective fight against trafficking. The main focus of the forum is the social consequences of trafficking in the Baltic Sea Region, and in particular, the situation of the vulnerable victims.
Textile production requires enormous quantities of water. 1,400 litres are needed to produce just one t-shirt, which equals more than 10 bathtubs. The Nordic Council of Ministers focuses on ways in which Nordic consumers can minimize the negative environmental impact of textile production in a new consumer guide and video.
On Monday, members of the Nordic Council met with representatives from the Baltic Assembly, the Benelux Parliament and the Visegrád countries, as well as MPs from Georgia and Ukraine. On the agenda were the current situation in Ukraine and its regional and global ramifications. A range of measures were proposed to support democracy, security and stability in the country.
Since 2011 the Nordic Council of Ministers has financed the Knowledge Triangle project, which has as its objective to create tangible benefits to society through networks that facilitate collaboration between research, education and innovation. As a result, the project has created 10 networks so far: 4 in the Nordic Region and 6 Sino-Nordic networks between the Nordic Region and China. On 17 November representatives from the networks got together at a seminar in the EU parliament in Brussels to share experiences and results with each other.
Three institutions under the Nordic Council of Ministers’ umbrella, NordForsk, Nordic Energy Research and Nordic Innovation, are joining forces to use research and innovation to find solutions to environmental and societal challenges. The programme is launched just as the Nordic Top-level Reaserch Initiative holds its final Flagship Conferenc on November 18-19.
The Great Nordic Climate Challenge starts today, on Nordic Climate Day, 11 November. It is a fun but informative competition between schools in the Nordic countries. The target group is pupils aged 12-14 in the Nordic countries (6-8 grade in Denmark, Sweden and Finland, and 7-9 grade in Norway and Iceland).
Nordic initiatives aimed at increasing the level of male involvement in gender-equality work have made considerable progress in recent years. The ministers for gender equality are now putting together a task force to identify the most successful initiatives. They have also commissioned a “catalogue for the future”, consisting of robust proposals for achieving maximum Nordic synergy in this field.
"For me one thing seems obvious: We have a security situation crying out for closer Nordic co-operation on defence and security." These were the opening words of Thorvald Stoltenberg's speech to the Nordic Council MPs at the annual Session in Stockholm. According to Stoltenberg, this cry should be answered by a Nordic defence and security commission.