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.
The current crisis in Ukraine, Nordic co-operation with Russia and the challenges facing democracy in Ukraine are expected to be topics in the opening debate at the Nordic Council Theme Session in Akureyri, Iceland on 8 April. The main focus of the theme session will be sustainable exploitation of natural resources.
The President and Vice-President of the Nordic Council, Karin Åström and Hans Wallmark from Sweden, have decided at short notice to visit Poland and the Baltic nations in order to offer their support in regard to the tense situation in the Ukraine. For this reason, the leaders of the Nordic Council recently cancelled a planned visit of a Nordic Council delegation to Murmansk which should have taken place this week.
On 13 March 2014, the EU, Norway and the Faroe Islands reached an agreement for this year's mackerel fishing which they have divided between them with quotas of over 1 million tonnes of mackerel. The agreement may lead to the mackerel catch in 2014 being much higher than the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) recommends, which the Nordic Council finds very unfortunate.
The new edition of Nordic Nutrition Recommendations is now available in its entirety both as an open access PDF document and as a value added e-book. For the first time ever, you can also buy individual chapters of the NNR - the guidelines that form the basis of the national dietary recommendations in the Nordic countries and stand as a corner stone in academic teaching on nutritional science in the region.
The President and the Vice-President of the Nordic Council, Karin Åström and Hans Wallmark from Sweden, call on the Russian Federation to take steps to de-escalate the tense situation: - It is up to the people of Ukraine in a peaceful way to decide on their own future. Ukraine, the Russian Federation and EU will all benefit from a peaceful solution instead of a sad conflict. The situation is unfortunately now so tense, that we must postpone a planned visit to Murmansk next week to later.
For the first time ever a Nordic country has reached full gender equality in the Nordic Labour Journal’s gender equality barometer. The barometer reflects the gender balance in 24 different positions of power in the Nordic societies. After a change of government last autumn, Norway has now reached 22 points. 20 points is needed for full gender equality.
The North Atlantic fish conflict and the proposal for sustainability criteria for the mining industry in the Nordic Region are expected to cause a heated debate at the Nordic Council Theme Session in Akureyri. The focus of the theme Session on 8 April will be on sustainable exploitation of natural resources Accreditation for journalists is now open.
State of the Nordic Region 2013 gives a comprehensive status of the latest development in the Nordic region, with a specific focus at both regional and municipal levels. It incorporates the latest available statistics with analyses on population structure, migration, labour market trends as well as different economic aspects.
The demand for mineral resources is increasing in the Nordic countries as economic prosperity is increasing in many parts of the world. The Nordic Council believes, therefore, that there is a need for closer Nordic co-operation on natural resources. The focus will be on sustainable exploitation of natural resources at the Theme Session on 8 April in Akureyri, Iceland.
The Nordic Region is ideally poised to build bridges between the industrialised world and the developing nations and inject a degree of urgency into global climate negotiations in the run-up to COP21 in Paris. The Nordic Council Environment and Natural Resources Committee is calling on governments in the Region to initiate dialogue with a number of less developed nations as soon as possible.
A new online platform compiling the most influential and cutting edge music from the Nordic countries launched on January 6th 2014. Nordic Playlist makes it easy to discover and stay updated on the best Nordic music - introduced to you by the prominent musicians, artists and music professionals of the north.