Iceland’s presidency focuses on the Global Goals

30.10.18 | News
Islands Statsminister Katrín Jakobsdóttir

Islands Statsminister Katrín Jakobsdóttir

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Baldur Kristjáns
Iceland will focus on youth, sustainable tourism and the sea in relation to the Global Goals when it takes over the Presidency of the Nordic Council of Ministers in 2019. The ideas for Nordic solutions must also come from the young people themselves. For the future is theirs.

The focus areas that will help to realise the objectives of Iceland’s Presidency for the work of the Nordic Council of Ministers in 2019 are as follows:

  • Youth in the Nordic countries
  • Sustainable tourism in the North
  • The ocean – blue growth in the North

“The overall headline for Iceland’s Presidency of the Nordic Council of Ministers in 2019 is A Common Path. The inspiration for this has been drawn from Hávamál, the Vikings’ almost 1,000-year-old Eddaic poem,” says Iceland’s Prime Minister, Katrín Jakobsdóttir, who continues:     “Iceland’s Presidency for 2019 will we focus on three themes: the young, the sea and sustainable tourism. And the Global Goals will be our guiding principle.”

Iceland’s Presidency for 2019 will we focus on three themes: the young, the sea and sustainable tourism. And the Global Goals will be our guiding principle.”

Katrín Jakobsdóttir, Prime Minister of Iceland

Youth in the Nordic countries

The vision of the Nordic Council of Ministers is for the Nordic region to be the best place in the world for children and young people. The Nordic countries have a responsibility for their youngest citizens; both those who were born here, and those who have travelled here from elsewhere. Accordingly, Iceland’s Presidency will focus on young people in the areas of education, culture and health. Young people and youth organisations will be invited to take part in the co-operation, both in this area and in the other two focus areas.

Idéerne til de nordiske løsninger skal også komme fra de unge selv. For fremtiden er deres.

Idéerne til de nordiske løsninger, skal også komme fra de unge selv. For fremtiden er deres.

Sustainable tourism in the North

Tourism in the Nordic region has grown steadily in recent years. The interplay between nature, culture and history, together with infrastructural investment, has stimulated growth in the tourist industry. But a healthy balance must be struck between growth and protection, through sustainable tourism. The Global Goal for sustainable development is a guiding principle in Iceland's programme for the Presidency. Here, too, young people will be key players in implementing the Global Goals.   

Verdensmålet for bæredygtig udvikling er en ledestjerne i Islands formandskabsprogram.

Verdensmålet for bæredygtig udvikling er en ledestjerne i Islands formandskabsprogram.

The ocean – blue growth in the North

The sea is a source of welfare and values, ​and is of great importance to all of Scandinavia’s nature, culture and trade. The sea must continue to contribute to this, but the Nordic Region must also work for sustainable development to ensure that marine resources are protected. Plastics and the bioeconomy will be in focus, and young entrepreneurs will be invited to develop new solutions to the problems of the sea in collaboration with the Nordic innovation environment.

Havet er en kilde til velfærd og værdier og har stor betydning for hele Nordens natur, kultur og handel.

Havet er en kilde til velfærd og værdier og har stor betydning for hele Nordens natur, kultur og handel.

Nordic steps to achieve the Global Goals

The three focus areas in the programme form a solution-oriented starting-point for Iceland’s Presidency in a Nordic region undergoing change.  Iceland is looking forward to the Presidency in 2019, for the Nordic region is something that concerns us all,” says Auðunn Atlason, Director of the Nordic Secretariat, Iceland. The programme contributes to co-operation on the common challenges facing the Nordic countries in achieving the UN 2030 Agenda and the 17 Global Goals in the Nordic Region.