50 steps map
The Nordic Solutions to Global Challenges initiative was launched by the five Nordic prime ministers in spring 2017. The potential of the initiative quickly became evident. To date, over 50 strategic activities have been implemented or planned in around 30 countries. The map shows where activities have and will take place in 2017 and 2018.

The Nordic Region promotes progress toward the Sustainable Development Goals, sharing knowledge on three themes: Nordic Green, Nordic Gender Effect and Nordic Food & Welfare. The six flagship projects under the initiative translate words into action:

Highlighted activities

  1. Smart urban spaces 
    Rapidly growing cities in China,India and North America are planning major urban infrastructural investments. Nordic Sustainable Cities is offering Nordic solutions.
  2. Ready for a swap 
    Fossil Fuel Subsidy Reform is helping the Zambian government to phase out subsidies for fossil fuels and phase in sustainable energy.
  3. Calculating the Gender Effect 
    Gender equality has been a key driver of economic growth in the Nordic Region. This is clearly stated in a new OECD report launched in May 2018 in Montréal.
  4. Scaling up renewables
    The export potential of renewable energy solutions to Ethiopia is big. Nordic Green to Scale will analyze the emission reduction potential, costs and co-benefits of scaling up climate solutions in the country.
  5. Food, the elephant in the room 
    The need to change global food consumption patterns was put on the climate agenda when the Nordic Pavilion at COP23 in Bonn was transformed into a think tank.
  6. Bringing healthcare to the Middle East 
    Nordic companies and ministers showcased cutting edge medtech systems and shared knowledge about efficient healthcare and welfare solutions at Arab Health 2018 in Dubai.
  7. Parental leave & other true stories 
    Parental leave is key to prosperity and sustainability. This and other true stories about the Nordic Gender Effect were shared at the UNGA 2017 in New York.
  8. Saving 150 million tonnes of CO2 
    Analyses by Nordic Green to Scale show that largescale deployment of 10 existing solutions could cut emissions in the Baltic statesUkraine and Poland by 13%.
  9. Sharing urban values with India
    Narendra Modi, prime minister of India, welcomed Nordic Sustainable Cities and its aim to support the 100 Smart Cities Mission during the first ever Nordic-India Summit in Stockholm.
  10. Building better hospitals 
    Nordic export organisations have identified five opportunities for collaboration on digital health and smart hospitals with the City of Toronto, Canada.
  11. WHO promotes the New Nordic diet 
    WHO and Nordic Food Policy Lab gathered international experts in Copenhagen, discussing how the Mediterranean and New Nordic diets can fight lifestyle diseases.

Full list

Nordic Sustainable Cities

  • 15 joint Nordic events targeting decision-makers at, for example, the Smart City Expo World Congress and World Water Congress and Exhibition, Canada, France, India, Israel, Japan, China, Italy, 2017 
  • Sustainable Urban Solutions: fringe event at Clean Energy Ministerial, Copenhagen Denmark, May 2018 
  • Nordic EV Summit, Oslo, Norway, 2018
  • India Urban Lab, Panaji and Goa, India, 2018
  • World Urban Forum, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 2018
  • Open Innovation Days, India, 2018 
  • IE Expo 2018, Shanghai, China, 2018 
  • Nordic Waste to Energy Solutions – an offer to India and China, Copenhagen, Denmark, Stockholm, Sweden, Mumbai, India and Beijing, China, 2018
  • The Future of Hamilton: Nordic Inspiration & Innovation for Affordable & Sustainable Housing, Hamilton, Canada, 2018
  • Nordic Pavilion at Smart City Expo World Congress 2018 in Barcelona, Spain, October 2018 
  • Nordic Edge Stavanger, Norway, September 2018
  • Nordic Edge China, Beijing, China, January 2019 

Nordic Climate Solutions

Fossil Fuel Subsidy Reform (FFSR)

  • COP23 in Bonn, Germany, 2017
  • Fossil Fuel Reform: Sustainable Energy and Subsidy Swaps, Zambia, (2018
  • Letter of intent, Morocco, 2018
  • Clean Energy Ministerial, Copenhagen, Denmark, May 2018

Green to Scale

  • UN Climate Summit COP23, Bonn, Germany, November 2017
  • Policy recommendations, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Ukraine, Poland, 2017
  • ICLEI Resilient Cities, Bonn, Germany, April 2018
  • UNFCCC, Bonn Germany, May 2018
  • Clean Energy Ministerial, Malmö, Sweden, May 2018
  • C40 Mayors Summit, October 2018
  • P4G, Copenhagen, Denmark, November 2018
  • COP24, Katowice, Poland, December 2018
  • Green to Scale Release in Latvia, Estonia, Lithuania, Poland, Ukraine, Kenya and Ethiopia, 2018

The Nordic Gender Effect at Work

  • The UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW61), New York, USA, March 2017
  • The UN General Assembly (UNGA72), New York, USA, September 2017
  • International Barbershop Conference: Copenhagen, Denmark, October 2017
  • International Conference on Women’ Entrepreneurs and Financial Inclusion, New York, USA, March 2018
  • The UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW62), New York, USA, March 2018
  • The OECD Social Policy Forum at the OECD Social Policy Ministerial Meeting, Montreal, Canada, May 2018

Nordic Food Policy Lab

  • Nordic Food Day at Cop 23,  Bonn, Germany, 2017 
  • Nordic input into Scotland's upcoming and wide-ranging Food Bill, Scotland, 2017 
  • Political tools to shape a Food identity – the Nordic Way (talk), Netherlands, 2017 
  • Joint event, Nordic Matters, London, 2017 
  • UNFCCC, Bonn Germany, May 2018
  • WHO and Nordic Food Policy Lab Symposium, Copenhagen, Denmark, May 2018 
  • EAT Forum, Stockholm, Sweden, June 2018
  • High Level Political Forum, New York, USA, July 2018
  • The World Food Programme Peru and the Nordic Food Policy Lab are exploring a joint showcase of the gastronomy sector in food policy, September 2018 
  • C40 Mayors Summit, Tel Aviv, Israel, October 2018 
  • COP24, Katowice, Poland, December 2018

Nordic Welfare Solutions

  • Medica, Germany, 2017
  • A Nordic initiative for closer collaboration with the Toronto region, Canada, 2018
  • Arab Health, Dubai, 2018 
  • Medica – Dusseldorf, Germany 2018
  • The Nordic export agencies are working to identify further opportunities in the USA and Germany, 2018

Nordic Energy Solutions

  • Activities in Ethiopia to demonstrate the benefits of an integrated electricity market, Ethiopia, 2017-2018
  • World Future Energy Summit, Abu Dhabi, 2018 
  • Power Electricity World Africa, Johannesburg, South Africa, March 2018
  • Bonn Intersession UNFCCC, Bonn Germany, May 2018
  • Sustainable Energy For All Forum, Lisbon, Portugal, May 2018
  • IEA Workshop: Energy Access, Paris France, May 2018
  • Clean Energy Ministerial, Malmö Sweden, May 2018
  • UNGA New York, USA, September 2018 
  • COP24, Katowice, Poland, December 2018