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Nordic co-operation affected by chaotic COP15

Nordic climate co-operation was very visible during the UN Climate Conference in Copenhagen, COP15. Nordic climate co-operation was on show in several arenas, both inside and outside the COP15 venue, Bella Center. For example, about 15 Nordic institutions worked with the Nordic Council of Ministers, which acted as co-ordinator, at a joint stand in Bella Center.

Dec 21, 2009
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The aim was to present the many facets of Nordic co-operation in climate issues, the ambitious research projects and the green energy solutions for funding climate projects in developing countries and activities in the Arctic region.

However, the chaotic conditions during COP15 also affected the activities of the Nordic Council of Ministers. The UN tighter security in the second week, combined with flaws in the practical arrangements, limited access by the accredited organizations and led to huge queues outside Bella Center. The Nordic Council of Ministers was therefore forced, amongst other things, to re-arrange a planned fringe event and take their stand down early.

"Overall Nordic climate co-operation was very visible during COP15. However, unfortunately, the UN’s tougher security requirements and the logistical shortcomings had negative consequences for us,” says Karin Arvidsson, Head of Communications at the Nordic Council of Ministers.

Read more about Nordic activities during COP15