“The Nordic countries make up the most integrated region in the world. Decades of working together mean that we have built up experience and devised solutions that will help secure a more sustainable future for the generations to come. As prime ministers, we are now seeking to share these solutions to the challenges facing the world,” says Erna Solberg, Prime Minister of Norway and chair of the Nordic Council of Ministers in 2017.
The Nordic Region is the first part of the world to break the link between economic growth and climate change. The Nordic Region has pioneered and showcased the link between gender equality and growth. The Region is also at the forefront of innovation in welfare technology and research into diet and sustainable food production.
The rest of the world is increasingly interested in these three priorities – Nordic Green, the Nordic Gender Effect and Nordic Food and Welfare – and the countries will now investing resources in meeting the demand for Nordic solutions.
“They will serve as effective tools in all of our joint work to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals by 2030,” Solberg points out.
Pushing hard for sustainability goals
The initiative is one contribution by the Nordic prime ministers to pushing for the ambitious global goals in the Paris Agreement and the UN’s Agenda 2030.
It will also enhance the global business potential for Nordic companies in sectors like welfare technology, green energy renewable fuel and sustainable urban development.
The Nordic Region also has work to do to meet the 2030 targets, which is why the Region is inviting the rest of the world to share information and experiences.
The PMs’ initiative will take the form of a range of flagship projects starting in spring 2017 and run under the auspices of the Nordic Council of Ministers and its institutions.
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