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.
The Nordic region is getting increasingly more attention from the rest of the world. Secretary-General of the Nordic Council of Ministers, Dagfinn Høybråten, was one of four regional leaders chosen to lead the World Economic Forum (WEF) session “Regional Transformations in a Global Context” in Abu Dhabi.
The World Economic Forum and the United Arab Emirates are hosting a global gathering of organisations involved in multilateral regional co-operation in Abu Dhabi, 18-19 November 2013. "Playing a visible role in the World Economic Forum's summit fits perfectly with the Nordic Council of Ministers' strategy of active involvement in the global arena," says Dagfinn Høybråten, the Secretary General of the Nordic Council of Ministers.
The Nordic Project Fund Nopef and the Nordic Environment Finance Corporation NEFCO will merge with effect from 1 January 2014. Nopef's activities will continue after the merger as a fund within NEFCO. The fund's primary objective is to promote internationalisation of Nordic small and medium-sized companies, with a focus on funding project studies related to the environment, climate and green growth.