The Nordic Pavilion at the UN Climate Change Conference 2016 in Marrakech serves as a showcase for holistic, people-centred, green solutions from the Region and as a place to network and relax.
“Our Nordic successes and solutions are based on networking and working together. We are trying to convey that same ethos in the pavilion, which has become a popular meeting place here at the climate talks,” says the co-ordinator of the Nordic presence in Marrakech, Michael Funch of the Nordic Council of Ministers.
Amidou Savadago, technical adviser at the Ministry of Water in Burkina Faso visited the Pavilion to find information about water solutions.
“You have enviable amounts of water in the Nordic Region and know a lot about it. Our ministry has worked on water projects with Denmark and Sweden,” says Savadago who was having a seat in the pavilion along with a colleague.
COP22 brings together people from all over the world with a single goal: to implement the Paris Agreement of a year ago.
“The Nordic countries play a bridge-building role in the climate negotiations. Other countries trust the Nordic Region because we don’t have a hidden agenda,” says Outi Leskelä, co-ordinator of the Nordic Working Group for Global Climate Negotiations (NOAK).
The Nordic Council of Ministers has gathered all of the relevant players in climate change from the Region in its pavilion, where it is holding a series of theme days highlighting Nordic expertise in a wide range of different climate-related areas – from town planning and energy efficiency to green growth and financing.
The programme for the Nordic Pavilion is available on the website norden.org/cop22, along with links to live streams and recordings from the event and relevant publications and news stories.
The Nordic countries are pioneers of sustainable climate solutions. The Nordic market serves as a living laboratory, in which new solutions are tested prior to upscaling. Nordic co-operation supports and enhances the impact of this work. Further information on New Nordic Climate Solutions is available at norden.org/nncs.