The Nordic Council of Ministers’ Arctic Co-operation Programme came into effect on 1 January 2018 and runs until 31 December 2021. It contributes to the Nordic Council of Ministers’ vision of a Nordic Region that lives up to the values of innovation, freedom of movement, visibility, and international engagement. It also supports the Nordic Council of Ministers’ other cross-sectoral strategies based on Nordic strengths and areas where the Nordic Council of Ministers has influence – both in the Nordic Region and globally – and can create added value.
The primary target group of the programme is the Arctic population, with the aim of continuing to contribute to the sustainable and constructive development of the region. Four categories make up the priorities of the programme: planet, people, prosperity, and partnerships. Traditionally, the Nordic Council of Ministers has prioritised the partnership perspective and made efforts to integrate it horizontally into the programme. Such efforts will continue to be a priority.
The programme is administered by Nordregio in co-operation with the Secretariat to the Nordic Council of Ministers. By the end of April 2019, a decision will be made as to which projects will receive funding from the Arctic co-operation programme.
Information about the application round can be found on Nordregio’s website. Applications must be sent electronically to Nordregio by 24 January 2019.
The work of the Nordic Council of Ministers, including the Arctic co-operation programme, is rooted in the Nordic countries’ tradition of entitlement to and legal and historical tradition for democracy and inclusion. It is absolutely central to the Nordic Council of Ministers’ Arctic Co-operation Programme for 2018 to 2021 that the specific needs of the Arctic are met. In this context, Agenda 2030 and the 17 Global Sustainable Development Goals adopted by the UN General Assembly in 2015, play a key role.