A green Nordic Region - how far have we come?

17.11.20 | Event
A green nordic region Choosing Green
A green Nordic Region - how far have we come?


10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

10.00 AM GMT+1 - Giants or Lilliputians: Are the Nordics (still) climate front runners?

2020 was supposed to be the year of climate ambition, but where are we now after COP26 has been postponed? And what have the Nordic countries done to live up to the goals in the Paris Agreement and reach carbon neutrality? In the lead up to the UN Climate negotiations at COP26 in 2021 and the follow up to the corona crisis, what difference can the Nordics make in the global effort to build back better?


Key note

  • Brynhildur Davíðsdóttir, Professor, University of Iceland

European perspective

  • Maria Wetterstrand, former spokespersons of the Green Party

Panel participants:

  • Kaarle Kupiainen, Chairman, Nordic Working Group for Climate and Air
  • Nadia Gullestrup Christensen, Climate Delegate, Danish Youth Council 
  • Olav Øye, Senior Advisor Climate and Industry, Bellona
  • Halldór Þorgeirsson, Chair,  Icelandic Climate Council
  • Tinna Hallgrímsdóttir, climate activist,  Iceland
  • Simon Holmström, Secretary General of ReGeneration 2030


  • Mary Gestrin, Head of Communications, the Nordic Council of Ministers Secretariat

11.00 AM GMT+1 - How to punch above your weight-pushing the agenda

Let´s make an experiment: What would happen if we put the Nordic countries at the service of the world for a few months? Be our guest, world - use all our knowledge, experience, values and ability to co-operate to reach the sustainability goals! Do the Nordic countries still hold a position in the eyes of the world? If so, what are our areas of strength? Can we address the expectations, even after the Corona crisis? In which areas should the Nordic countries have ambitions to take the lead? Join a debate between five young Nordic globalists - five years after the Nordic prime ministers initiativ "Nordic Solutions to Global Challenges".


Key note 

  • António Guterres, Secretary-General of the UN (pre-recorded)

Panel participants

  • Marcus Bruns, Nordic Head of Sustainability at Storebrand, Norway
  • Henrietta Flodell, Green recovery research assistant at University of Oxford, Sweden
  • Aldís Mjöll Geirsdóttir, President for Nordic Youth Council, Iceland
  • Emma Holten, Feminist activist and gender policy advisor at Oxfam IBIS, Denmark
  • Amos Wallgren, Climate justice activist, Finland 


  • Mary Gestrin, Head of Communications, the Nordic Council of Ministers Secretariat


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