Journalists can now apply for accreditation to the Session of the Nordic Council in Stockholm, 28-30 October. The annual autumn Session is the biggest Nordic forum of the year and attracts members of parliament, prime ministers, opposition leaders and government ministers from the whole of the Nordic Region.
"The Nordic Region needs well-informed citizens in the future who will be more demanding of their politicians - because a sustainable Nordic welfare model will require major decisions in the future and continued citizen trust", said the economist, Sixten Korkman, Professor at Aalto University in Helsinki.
Dr.David Halpern, the Chief Executive of the Behavioural Insights Team in Britain, is a key note speaker at the Nordic Council of Ministers conference “The pursuit of sustainable Nordic welfare” September 17th 2014 in Copenhagen. He will be giving the Nordic Countries a nudge towards nudging- which he describes as “encouraging public policy objectives, such as healthier choices, energy conservation, or saving for retirement but without mandating”.
The fight against climate change and the new paradigm connected with bioeconomy are often pitted against each other. Some see it as a struggle between those who want to preserve and those who want to extract. In this issue of “Green Growth the Nordic Way” we explore the synergies between these two agendas.
Five unique new films have been nominated for the Nordic Council Film Prize 2014, the Region’s most important and prestigious film award. The nominations by the national juries represent the most accomplished cinematic events of the year by the acclaimed directors Lars von Trier, Pirjo Honkasalo, Benedikt Erlingsson, Eskil Vogt and Ruben Östlund.
The Nordic governments' gender equality co-operation has contributed to successes that the Nordic Region can share with the outside world - but it is still a challenge to draw men into gender equality. Iceland's Minister for Gender Equality, Eygló Harðardóttir, Iceland's former President Vigdís Finnbogadóttir and Margot Wallström, former UN Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict, formed a panel of well-known names at the Nordic gender equality co-operation's 40th conference in Reykjavik on Tuesday.
"We must avoid cold war conditions and work to open doors between our countries," said the Nordic Council's President, Karin Åstrøm at a large Baltic assembly in Poland. The meeting was held in the shadow of the Ukraine crisis and just before the summit meeting between Russia, Ukraine and the EU in Minsk on 26 August 2014.
Agriculture, forestry and fisheries have been, and will continue to be, important livelihoods for people in the Nordic countries as long as the sectors are able to adapt to the new climate conditions. This is shown in a new and comprehensive report from the Nordic Council of Ministers which was presented at the Nordic Council’s Environment and Natural Resources Committee's summer meeting in Lofoten earlier in the week. The report contains a number of concrete political recommendations.
At their joint meeting in May, the Nordic prime ministers called for strengthening Nordic bioeconomy co-operation and the Ministers for Food followed up on this at their meeting on 26 June. A major investment in the circular economy may protect the environment and also create local development and green jobs. New report indicates great biopotential in the Nordic Region.
At their bi-annual meeting in May, the Nordic Prime Ministers underlined the importance of Nordic cooperation on bioeconomy, which alongside green growth points towards the economy of the future. The new issue of "Green Growth the Nordic Way" looks at different paths to realize this new economy and a more sustainable society, with a specific focus on circular economy and cultural affairs.
At their summit meeting in Iceland on Tuesday, the Nordic Prime Ministers described the Nordic co-operation as a natural platform for the work involved in meeting the challenges facing the Nordic region, Europe and the rest of the world. They gave highest priority to the work of the Nordic Council of Ministers in areas such as bio-economy and health, and to strengthening the position and competitiveness of the region.
The Nordic Council of Ministers strengthens its efforts against trafficking in human beings. At a knowledge seminar in Estonia's capital Tallinn on 24 April 2014, the Council of Ministers' Secretary General, Dagfinn Høybråten, launched a new project for a smarter, faster and more effective fight against trafficking.
On 4 April, the Nordic Committee for Co-operation received a modernisation report New Nordic Region. Secretary General Dagfinn Høybråten is reporting back on the mandate given to him by the Nordic governments when he took up the post in the spring of 2013, to modernise, streamline, and renew Nordic co-operation, The Nordic governments will discuss the recommendations in the report at the Nordic Committee for Co-operation's meeting in April and at the meeting of the Ministers for Co-operation in June.