The Nordic countries are ready to take a global leadership on the Paris agreement goals. We possess innovative and effective climate solutions and we are ready to step up our own commitments. We believe there is much to be gained by cooperating on climate and environmental policies, and we do so on the highest level:
- The prime ministers’ initiative “Nordic solutions to global challenges” from 2015 made the UN Sustainability goals a high priority for the Nordic cooperation.
- In January the Nordic prime ministers committed themselves further to climate action with the “Declaration on Nordic Carbon Neutrality”.
- The new Nordic vision amps up the Nordic climate cooperation even more with the goal of becoming the most sustainable region in the world.
The UN climate negotiations
From December 2 to 14 world leaders will once again gather to solve the climate crisis when the UN climate negotiations take place in Madrid at the COP25.
The Nordic Council of Ministers does not have a formal role in the climate negotiations, but via our working groups and institutions, we support the search for climate solutions and contribute to the climate agenda.
The Nordic backdoor
Since COP21 in Paris we have hosted a joint Nordic pavilion at the UN Climate negotiations. This year we have a Nordic stand at the on site at the COP25 in Madrid, but simultaneously at Norrsken House in Stockholm we will host climate events and connect the locations digitally. Our goals are to create discussions and dialogue and to open up the negotiations to the general public. We call it the Nordic backdoor into the COP.
We’ve invited experts, ministers, NGOs and last, but not least the climate concerned general public to Norrsken House in Stockholm. Experts and guests in Madrid will join us live on video link in order to share and discuss their expertise and insights into the climate negotiations.
The ambition is to open up the UN Climate negotiations to the general public and to:
- discuss the biggest and most demanding Nordic and global climate challenges.
- highlight Nordic Solutions to global challenges and their benefits for other countries.
- raise new questions and seek answers in order to catalyze climate friendly actions.