What visions for future sustainable solutions will the Nordic Council and the Nordic prime ministers present at the Session? How will Sweden's Nordic Minister for Co-operation address the Norwegian pensioners who experience that misinformation from Sweden has led to them being hit hard by taxation?
The Nordic energy ministers have recently adopted a new action programme for Nordic co-operation in the energy sector. Further harmonisation of the Nordic electricity market and a greater shared commitment internationally are among the main points. The Nordic Region can lead the transformation to a sustainable energy system and can play a global role by spreading a good example and showing a new way forward in the energy sector.
The first prize in the Nordic Council of Ministers competition Nordic Built Challenge was awarded at the meeting of the Nordic Council of Ministers for Business in Stockholm on 17 October. The prize recognises sustainable building renovation in the Nordic countries and goes to the Danish project Ellebo Garden Room that points to new ways towards more climate-friendly construction.
The main conclusions from the new edition of the Nordic Nutrition Recommendations (NNR) are published on October 3. The NNR form the basis of the national dietary recommendations in the Nordic countries and is a corner stone in academic teaching on nutritional science in the region.. For the first time ever, the NNR will also be available as an e-publication as well as a free download.
The successful NORDIC COOL, the Nordic festival in Washington DC earlier this year, is still providing a ripple effect. At the Nordic Region's largest book fair, the Kennedy Center's President was awarded the Royal Order of the Polar Star by the Swedish Minister of Culture for his contribution to relations between USA and the Nordic Region.
The implementation of the EU sulphur directive will be tough especially for some regions and industries in the Nordic Region, but the new requirements to reduce sulphur emissions will also encourage innovation in clean technologies, notes the Nordic Council, which has produced a report with recommendations for how the Nordic countries can work together to facilitate the implementation of the directive.
Herring and mackerel fishing in the North Atlantic cannot simply be solved by demands for willingness to negotiate, states the Nordic Council Environment and Natural Resources Committee. The committee now has to sort out the possibilities to tighten the regulations so that the conflicts around sustainable fishing can be solved and avoided in the future.
Children and young people should have greater political influence in the future, at least if it is up to the Nordic Council which is proposing strong promotion of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child which celebrates 25 years in 2014. The Nordic Council is meeting this week on the Faroe Islands.
Journalists can now apply for accreditation to the Session of the Nordic Council in Oslo, 29-31 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.
Solar chimneys, ice storage, recycled materials, green balconies and solutions to how affordable housings can be refurbished in a way that is both sustainable and scalable – without major rent increases and rehousing of the residents. These are some of the suggestions from the winning proposals to the Nordic Built Challenge.
We now know who will be the programme presenters of the TV transmission of the Nordic Council prize gala on 30 October. They will be Sofia Helin, currently best known for the female lead in the Danish-Swedish crime drama The Bridge, and Hans Olav Brenner, one of Norway's best-known television presenters.
"Countries that are now in the process of developing welfare look to the Nordic countries. However, success repeats itself only until it fails. So it is important that the Nordic countries review their welfare and develop it in keeping with the times," says Geoff Mulgan from the British think tank Nesta.
Qatar is the 42nd country with which the Nordic Region has made a tax information exchange agreement. This makes it possible for Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland and Iceland, as well as Greenland and the Faroe Islands, to add additional tax millions to the billions that have already been collected thanks to Nordic co-operation to combat tax evasion.
The former Swedish minister, governor and long-standing MP for the Swedish People's Party, Bo Könberg will be responsible for writing an independent report on how Nordic co-operation in the health sector can be developed and strengthened in the next 5-10 years. The report, modelled on the Stoltenberg report on defence and foreign affairs, will identify important areas where there is potential for Nordic synergy through closer co-operation.
Come to The Art of Co-creation! The Nordic Conference on Sustainable Development will be held in Umeå, Sweden 17-19 September 2013. When you register you make up your own programme from the conference's six sustainability themes; consumption, health and welfare, transport, learning and culture, urban development and tourism. The deadline for registration is 28 August 2013.
"The Russian law banning 'homosexual propaganda' goes against the Nordic Councl's core values of democracy, equality and freedom of speech. The Nordic Council will continue to protest against this at every opportunity until we see a change," says Karin Åström, Northwest Russian Observer in the Nordic Council Presidium.