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Arendal Week 2022

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15 to 18 August 2022: Arendal Week in Norway

The democracy festival in Arendal will once again be this year’s largest venue for those with an interest in politics and society. The Nordic Council of Ministers is on hand to discuss Nordic challenges and solutions for how we will create the world’s most sustainable and integrated region. Visit us at the Nordic tent at Langbrygga in Arendal, Norway! You can also follow the events via livestream wherever you are in the Nordic Region.  

Events

15 August at 16:00: Young people’s mental health – how can we prevent all suicide?

Too many young people in the Nordic Region are struggling with mental challenges. This affects well-being, can lead to isolation, and ultimately lead some to take their own lives. Why can it go so wrong and what can we do about it?

16 August at 10:30: 70 years of the Nordic Council – Security in the Nordic Region

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine – what is the Nordic Region doing? How should the joint reaction of the Nordic countries be to the Russian aggression, and what measures should the Nordic countries take to ensure peace and stability in our region?

16 August at 13:00: Ukraine and the refugee crisis – how should we respond?

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has triggered one of the fastest growing refugee crises since World War II. How should we respond to the new wave of refugees in terms of accepting them in the best possible way? What can we learn from 2015? And what can we learn from our Nordic neighbours when it comes to housing, language learning, acceptance of unaccompanied children, and children in general into families?

17 August at 10:30: The sea – must we choose between protection or exploitation?

Today we’re facing two crises that must be solved at the same time – an energy and climate crisis, and a biodiversity crisis. How do we put in place a comprehensive plan for our seas, which takes into account the climate, nature, diverse business interests, and our neighbours? Can we be too pragmatic when making plans for aquaculture?

17 August at 13:00: Future construction – sustainability at the forefront

Future construction must be sustainable – but how should we build, which materials should we use, and what about architecture? The challenges in the construction industry are obvious: The construction industry accounts for about 40 percent of global CO2 emissions. The good news is that something can be done about it!