The action plan describes how the Nordic Council of Ministers will work to achieve the objectives of the vision through a series of initiatives linked to the vision’s three strategic priorities: a green Nordic Region, a competitive Nordic Region, and a socially sustainable Nordic Region. There are 12 objectives linked to the strategic priorities. The strategic priorities and objectives govern all the activities of the Nordic Council of Ministers over the next four years. The action plan is divided into 12 sections, each one linked to one of the 12 objectives.
Governance, follow-up, and reporting
To ensure that efforts relating to Vision 2030 really have the desired results, a model is being established for ongoing evaluation and development. We’ve created a number of development indicators that allow us to monitor how work is progressing throughout the Nordic Region. At the same time, the collective effort in the work to become the most sustainable and integrated region in the world is evaluated.
In particular, we will monitor the impact of the initiatives that have been adopted within Nordic co-operation and how they are contributing to the overall perception of the region. The results of the Nordic Council of Ministers’ work will be compiled by way of two reports. The reporting process for the action plan consists of a mid-term evaluation in the spring of 2022 and a final report to the Nordic prime ministers in the spring of 2024.
Interdisciplinary perspectives and increased involvement of civil society
In June 2020, the Ministers for Nordic Co-operation (MR-SAM) decided that in the period 2021 to 2024, the Nordic Council of Ministers should strengthen its co-operation with civil society in the Nordic Region. At the same time, a decision was also taken on the integration of three interdisciplinary perspectives in all work within the Nordic Council of Ministers.
The interdisciplinary perspectives that will touch on all activities in the Nordic Council of Ministers are:
- Sustainable development
- Gender equality
- A children’s rights and youth perspective
Although the Nordic Council of Ministers already co-operates actively with civil society, the model that is now being applied introduces new focus areas and establishes clearer frameworks for co-operation. The involvement of civil society will be goal-oriented, with the support of a new Nordic civil society network. In addition, a structure for public consultation is being built on the website for Nordic co-operation: norden.org.
A support programme is being drawn up to give stakeholders in civil society the opportunity to apply for funding in order to come together across the Nordic countries. Through increased support for civil society organisations, the aim is to increase contact between the Nordic countries and thereby create a better understanding of one another’s languages and cultures. In addition to the newly established support programme, the Nordic Council of Ministers has several other programmes available to Nordic civil society organisations.
A key objective of the action plan is to increase cross-sectoral co-operation within the Nordic Council of Ministers. In this way, the aim is to improve the quality and effectiveness of co-operation.
The Ministers for Nordic Co-operation have granted DKK 40 million per year in the period 2021 to 2024 to be spent on cross-sectoral projects. The cross-sectoral projects are included in the action plan for Vision 2030 and are linked to several of the 12 objectives for a green, competitive, and socially sustainable Nordic Region.
During the period 2021 to 2024, the Nordic Council of Ministers will prioritise the following focus areas:
Strengthen research and development and the promotion of solutions that support carbon neutrality and climate adaptation, including in relation to transport, construction, food, and energy.
Contribute to the safeguarding of biodiversity and the sustainable use of the Nordic Region’s nature and seas.
Promote a circular and bio-based economy, sustainable and competitive production, sustainable food systems, and resource-efficient and non-toxic cycles in the Nordic Region.
Make it much easier and more attractive for Nordic consumers to prioritise healthy and environmentally and climate-friendly choices, with a joint investment in sustainable consumption.
Contribute to the positive development of international co-operation on the environment and climate, such as by promoting Nordic green solutions in the rest of the world.
Support knowledge and innovation, and make it easier for companies throughout the Nordic Region to take full advantage of the development opportunities created by the green, technological, and digital transformation and the growing bioeconomy.
Develop skills and well-functioning labour markets that match the requirements of the green transition and digital developments, and that support freedom of movement in the Nordic Region.
Leverage digitalisation and education to bind the Nordic countries even closer together.
Contribute to good, equal, and secure health and welfare for all.
10. Work to involve everyone living in the Nordic Region in the green transition and digital developments, utilising the potential of this transition, and counteracting the widening of gaps in society as a result of this transition.
Give Nordic civil society, and especially children and young people, a louder voice and greater participation in Nordic co-operation, as well as increase their knowledge of the languages and cultures of neighbouring countries.
Maintain trust and cohesion in the Nordic Region, its shared values, and the Nordic community, with an emphasis on culture, democracy, gender equality, inclusion, non-discrimination, and freedom of expression.