Implementation is key to achieving the UN’s global sustainable development goals

31.10.16 | News
Henrik Dam Kristensen
On October 31st, the Nordic Council and UN City Copenhagen hosted a high-level discussion to explore how the Nordic countries can work together to achieve the UN’s global sustainable development goals. The president of the Nordic Council, Henrik Dam Kristensen, stated that this event was only the beginning of an increased effort to put SDG’s on the political agenda.

The Nordic council is determined to make the SDGs become reality at home and for the world, and have appointed Sonja Mandt (Ap) from Norway to lead a working group focused on a more sustainable, prosperous and equal future both in our region and globally 

The Nordic countries were very actively engaged in the formulation of the SDGs, and have invested heavily in getting an ambitious 2030 agenda. Governments have the primary responsibility for follow-up and review at the national, regional and global levels in relation to the progress made in implementing the SDGs over the coming 15 years, and the Nordic Council is determined to push them in the right direction.

Implementation, implementation and implementation- this is the key to success


The SDGs are unique in that they call for action by all countries, poor, rich and middle-income to promote prosperity while protecting the planet. They recognize that ending poverty must go hand-in-hand with strategies that build economic growth and addresses a range of social needs including education, health, social protection, and job opportunities, while tackling climate change and environmental protection.

The Nordic countries need to be good role models

The UN Under Secretary-General, Grete Faremo was able to sum up the key to success in three words; implementation, implementation and implementation.

- The SDG’s  are not only goals for the developing countries – but also goals for us here at home. We need to be good role models, said Faremo.

The debate lead up to the summit of the Nordic prime ministers November 1st during the 2016 Session of the Nordic Council, where the 17 Sustainable Development Goals is the theme for the opening discussion.

Video interview

Henrik Dam Kristensen, the president of the Nordic Council, on one of the most important goals; achieving gender equality and empowering all women and girls.