The remit of the Nordic Civil Society Network is to support the development of the Nordic Region as a sustainable and integrated region
In 2019, the Nordic prime ministers adopted Our Vision 2030. Setting up the Nordic Civil Society Network takes the work of making the Nordic Region a sustainable and integrated region a step further. The job of the network is to ensure that the Nordic Council of Ministers’ work on the vision takes place in close dialogue with civil society in the Nordic Region.
The Secretary General of the Nordic Council of Ministers, Paula Lehtomäki, has welcomed the 40 members to Nordic co-operation.
“We are very much looking forward to working with the Civil Society Network on our vision of making the Nordic Region the most sustainable and integrated region in the world by 2030. It is really important for us that civil society has a louder voice in Nordic co-operation in order to make our work even more open, transparent and relevant,” she says.
It is really important for us that civil society has a louder voice in Nordic co-operation in order to make our work even more open, transparent and relevant.
The members of the network all represent organisations with a clear link to Our Vision 2030 and with great interest, commitment and motivation to working with the Nordic Council of Ministers to realise the vision. The selection process also sought to ensure a good balance between the Nordic countries, spheres of interest, gender and age.
Work on the Nordic Civil Society Network will start after the summer.
The members of the Nordic Civil Society Network:
- Lucas Skræddergaard, Danish Youth Council (DUF)
- Marte Mathisen, The Danish Healthy Food Council
- Rikke Lønne, Danish Federation of Non-Profit Housing Providers/NBO Housing Nordic
- Ole Meldgaard, Baltic Sea NGO Network, Denmark
- Andreas Nielsen, LGBT+ Denmark
- Troels Dam Christensen, The Danish 92 Group – Forum for Sustainable Development
- Aija Kaski, The Keep the Archipelago Tidy Association
- Christell Åström, Rural Women’s Advisory Organisation
- Maria Helsing-Johansson, Finnish Federation for Social Affairs and Health (SOSTE)
- Riitta Kangas, The Finnish Library Association
- Pernille Thorup, Sustainable Now
- Jónas Guðmundsson, Almannaheill – The Association of Icelandic Nonprofit Organizations
- Sigurdur Hannesson, The Federation of Icelandic Industries
- Tinna Hallgrímsdóttir, The Icelandic Youth Environmentalist Association (UU)
- Tinna Isebarn, The National Youth Council of Iceland (LUF)
- Ingvild Østli, The Norwegian Association of Youth with Disabilities
- Honoratte Muhanzi, The Welfare Alliance/EAPN Norway
- Joakim Gulliksen, Friends of the Earth, Norway
- Lillian Bredal Eriksen, Norwegian Forum for Development and Environment (ForUM)
- Vibeke Koehler, Sustainable Living, Norway
- Annika Nyström, The International Women's Association (IKF)
- Elisabeth Rytterström, Swedish Outdoor Living/Network of Outdoor Organizations in the Nordic countries (NON)
- Hanna Stenström, The Swedish Women’s Lobby
- Iman Djelloul, National Council of Swedish Youth Organisations (LSU)
- Joel Ahlgren, Think Tank Global Challenge
- Mattias Axell, The Digital Freedom and Rights Association (:DFRI)
- Björn Kalm, The Åland Chamber of Commerce
- Dan Sundqvist, Finnish Red Cross, Åland District
- Carin Hallerström, NFU Nordic Financial Unions
- Christer Holmlund, The Nordic Teachers’ Council (NLS)
- Hannes Björn Hafsteinsson, The Nordic Association, Iceland
- Inese Podgaiska, Association of Nordic Engineers (ANE)
- Josefin Carlring, The Nordic Association, Sweden
- Kristin Madsen, The Nordic Association for Adult Education (FNV)
- Lena Höglund, Youth League of the Finnish Norden Association
- Magnus Gissler, The Council of Nordic Trade Unions (NFS)
- Mikkel Odgaard, Nordic Journalist Centre (NJC)
- Peter Göranson, NORDTEK
- Ragnhild Elisabeth Waagaard, World Wide Fund for Nature (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. The ambition it to make the Nordic Region the most sustainable and integrated region in the world by 2030.
The Nordic co-operation ministers have adopted an action plan for Our Vision 2030 covering the period 2021–2024. It describes how the Nordic Council of Ministers will work towards the vision via a series of initiatives linked to the three strategic priorities: a green Nordic Region, a competitive Nordic Region and a socially sustainable Nordic Region. Associated with the three strategic priorities are 12 objectives. The strategic priorities and objectives govern all the activities of the Nordic Council of Ministers over the next four years.