Nordic civil society network to support development of Nordic Region as a sustainable and integrated region

30.06.21 | News
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The Nordic Council of Ministers has an ambition to make the Nordic Region the world’s most sustainable and integrated region by 2030. To support this work, a Nordic civil society network is being established to make the voice of civil society better heard in efforts towards achieving this vision. The network consists of 40 members representing civil society organisations from the Nordic countries.

In 2019, the Nordic prime ministers adopted Our Vision 2030 and efforts towards making the Nordic Region a sustainable and integrated region have now gone a step further with the establishment of the Nordic civil society network. The network is to ensure that the Nordic Council of Ministers’ work on this vision takes place in close dialogue with civil society in the Nordic Region.

Forty members have been admitted to the network. Paula Lehtomäki, Secretary General of the Nordic Council of Ministers, welcomes the members to the Nordic co-operation.

“We’re very much looking forward to co-operating with the Nordic civil society network on the implementation of the vision for the Nordic Region to become the world’s most sustainable and integrated region by 2030. It’s very important for us to strengthen the voice of Nordic civil society in Nordic co-operation so we can make our work even more open, transparent and relevant,” says Lehtomäki.

It’s very important for us to strengthen the voice of Nordic civil society in Nordic co-operation so we can make our work even more open, transparent and relevant.

Paula Lehtomäki, Secretary General of the Nordic Council of Ministers

The members admitted to the civil society network include Nordic civil society organisations who have a clear connection to Our Vision 2030 as well as a great interest, commitment and motivation to enter into goal-oriented co-operation with the Nordic Council of Ministers. Furthermore, during the selection process, emphasis has been placed on striking a good balance between the Nordic countries, thematic focus, gender and age among the selected members of the civil society network.

Work on the Nordic civil society network will start after the summer.

The members of the Nordic civil society network:

Denmark
  • Lucas Skræddergaard, Dansk Ungdoms Fællesråd (DUF)
  • Marte Mathisen, Rådet for sund mad             
  • Natalia Rogazcewska, BL Danmarks Almene Boliger/NBO Housing Nordic
  • Ole Meldgaard, Østersø NGO Netværk, Danmark
  • Susanne Branner Jespersen, LGBT+ Danmark
  • Troels Dam Christensen, 92-gruppen – Forum for Bæredygtig Udvikling
Finland
  • Aija Kaski, Håll Skärgården Ren – Pidä Saaristo Siistinä rf
  • Christell Åström, Maa- ja kotitalousnaisten Keskus
  • Maria Helsing-Johansson, Finlands social och hälsa rf (SOSTE)                     
  • Riitta Kangas, Finlands biblioteksförening
Greenland
  • Pernille Thorup, Sustainable Now
Iceland
  • Jónas Guðmundsson, Almannaheill – The Association of Icelandic Nonprofit Organizations
  • Sigurdur Hannesson, The Federation of Icelandic Industries (Samtök iðnaðarins)      
  • Tinna Hallgrímsdóttir, Ungir umhverfissinnar (UU) – The Icelandic Youth Environmentalist Association
  • Tinna Isebarn, Landssamband ungmennafélaga (LUF)
Norway
  • Eivind Digranes, Unge funksjonshemmede
  • Honoratte Muhanzi, Velferdsalliansen EAPN Norway
  • Joakim Gulliksen, Norges Naturvernforbund
  • Lillian Bredal Eriksen, Forum for utvikling og miljø (ForUM)
  • Vibeke Koehler, Bærekraftige liv                        
Sweden
  • Annika Nyström, Internationella Kvinnoförbundet (IKF)
  • Elisabeth Rytterström, Svenskt Friluftsliv/Network of Outdoor Organisations in the Nordic countries (NON)                           
  • Hanna Stenström, Sveriges Kvinnolobby
  • Iman Djelloul, Sveriges ungdomsorganisationer (LSU)
  • Joel Ahlgren, Tankesmedjan Global Utmaning
  • Mattias Axell, Föreningen för Digitala Fri- och Rättigheter (:DFRI)
Åland
  • Björn Kalm, Ålands Näringsliv r.f.                     
  • Dan Sundqvist, Finlands Röda Kors Ålands distrikt               
Nordic Region
  • Carin Hallerström, NFU Nordic Financial Unions
  • Christer Holmlund, Nordiska Lärarorganisationers samråd (NLS)
  • Hannes Björn Hafsteinsson, Norræna félagið/Föreningen Norden Island
  • Inese Podgaiska, Association of Nordic Engineers (ANE)
  • Josefin Carlring, Norden – svensk förening för nordiskt samarbete             
  • Kristin Madsen, Förbundet Nordisk Vuxenupplysning (FNV)
  • Lena Höglund, Pohjola-Nordens Ungdomsförbund
  • Magnus Gissler, Nordens Fackliga Samorganisation (NFS)
  • Mikkel Odgaard, Nordisk Journalistcenter   
  • Peter Göranson, NORDTEK   
  • Ragnhild Elisabeth Waagaard, Verdens naturfond (WWF)
  • Tonje Margrete Winsnes Johansen, Sámiráđđi – Samerådet – Saami Council

About Our Vision 2030

Our Vision 2030 was adopted by the Nordic prime ministers in August 2019 and the goal is that the Nordic Region will become the most sustainable and integrated region in the world by 2030.

The Ministers for Nordic Co-operation have adopted an action plan for this vision for the period 2021 to 2024. The action plan describes how the Nordic Council of Ministers will work to achieve the objectives of this 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 twelve 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.