Sunday

26th May 2019

Letter

Nordic contribution to global goals

  • Nordic countries decided on Monday to launch a new initiative to respond to an increased global interest in Nordic sustainability policies and products. (Photo: Magnus Fröderberg/norden.org)

Two years ago, we joined leaders from all over the world and set ambitious targets for global development. At summits in New York and Paris, we agreed to halt climate change, eradicate poverty and reduce inequality.

Achieving the historic goals set in the Paris climate agreement and the UN 2030 Agenda will require much hard work from all of us.

Read and decide

Join EUobserver today

Support quality EU news

Get instant access to all articles — and 18 year's of archives. 30 days free trial.

... or join as a group

  • The new initiative aims to share knowledge of six flagship projects on the themes Nordic Green, the Nordic Gender Effect and Nordic Food & Welfare. (Photo: Magnus Fröderberg/norden.org)

As part of our contribution, the Nordic prime ministers are launching the initiative: Nordic Solutions to Global Challenges.

We want to enter into dialogue and partnerships with other regions, share our good solutions with them and get to know about theirs.

We all have a lot to learn, including here in the Nordic Region.

Decades of working together have helped our countries to enjoy economic growth, protect the environment and maintain our social values. We must keep up the good work.

The Nordic Region is the most integrated region in the world. By working closely together, our countries were the first to succeed in decoupling economic growth from climate change.

For almost two decades now, we have been reducing our dependency on fossil fuels and cutting greenhouse gas emissions, without negatively affecting jobs and the economy.

One thing we want to share with the rest of the world is the work we have done in making cities good places to live. Another is what we have learned about renewable energy, and market models for sustainable energy investment.

The Nordic Region has long led the way when it comes to the relationship between gender equality and economic growth. Investment in gender equality in the labour market – for example, parental leave and high-quality childcare – has been crucial in making this one of the most prosperous regions in the world.

We have learned a great deal about the benefits of having a high proportion of women in work, and we want to share this with parts of the world where gender equality is not the norm.

The same applies to a number of positions of strength in welfare, for example: innovative Nordic solutions for dealing with the challenges of an ageing population.

Many of the Nordic initiatives to produce healthy, tasty and sustainable food could also be introduced elsewhere, helping countries where food producers face environmental challenges and where malnutrition and obesity are problems.

Sharing what we have learned will help the world to make progress towards the ambitious targets set by global leaders two years ago. It will also enhance the global business potential of Nordic companies, create jobs and generate continued growth and prosperity in the region.

It is a win-win situation – for the Nordic Region and the world.

Erna Solberg, prime minister, Norway ; Lars Løkke-Rasmussen, prime minister, Denmark ; Juha Sipilä, prime minister, Finland ; Bjarni Benediktsson, prime minister, Iceland ; Stefan Löfven, prime minister, Sweden

Disclaimer

The views expressed in this opinion piece are the author's, not those of EUobserver.

Focus

Finland and Sweden to join Nato summit dinner

Finnish and Swedish heads will join a Nato "working dinner" at the summit in Poland, as the non-aligned states forge closer ties with the defence alliance.

Focus

'Who rules the world? Riyadh vs. Bergen'

Nordic leaders have pitted their vision of greener economies, gender equality, and sustainable food and welfare against the fossil fuel world order.

News in Brief

  1. Former EU climate chief cheered by 40,000 activists in Denmark
  2. UK's May announces June 7 resignation date
  3. Ireland votes for EU election and divorce referendum
  4. Report: May to announce resignation plan on Friday
  5. Leading politicians: time for EU to have female leaders
  6. Poll: Finland's Green party to surge in EU elections
  7. High demand for postal voting in Denmark
  8. Some EU citizens turned away at UK polling stations

Press freedom and the EU elections

We are campaigning for the next European Commission to appoint a commissioner with a clear mandate to take on the challenge of the protection of freedom, independence and diversity of journalism.

Stakeholders' Highlights

  1. Vote for the EU Sutainable Energy AwardsCast your vote for your favourite EUSEW Award finalist. You choose the winner of 2019 Citizen’s Award.
  2. Nordic Council of MinistersEducation gets refugees into work
  3. Counter BalanceSign the petition to help reform the EU’s Bank
  4. UNICEFChild rights organisations encourage candidates for EU elections to become Child Rights Champions
  5. UNESDAUNESDA Outlines 2019-2024 Aspirations: Sustainability, Responsibility, Competitiveness
  6. Counter BalanceRecord citizens’ input to EU bank’s consultation calls on EIB to abandon fossil fuels
  7. International Partnership for Human RightsAnnual EU-Turkmenistan Human Rights Dialogue takes place in Ashgabat
  8. Nordic Council of MinistersNew campaign: spot, capture and share Traces of North
  9. Nordic Council of MinistersLeading Nordic candidates go head-to-head in EU election debate
  10. Nordic Council of MinistersNew Secretary General: Nordic co-operation must benefit everybody
  11. Platform for Peace and JusticeMEP Kati Piri: “Our red line on Turkey has been crossed”
  12. UNICEF2018 deadliest year yet for children in Syria as war enters 9th year

Latest News

  1. Turnout up in Slovakia, with pro-EU liberals scoring high
  2. Belgium votes in hybrid EU-national election
  3. Irish greens take Dublin in second EU exit poll
  4. EU election results to trigger top jobs scramble This WEEK
  5. Don't tell the Dutch - but Timmermans 'won'
  6. EU says goodbye to May with 'respect'
  7. Strache scandal: how big a hit will Austrian far-right take?
  8. Italy train row exposes competing views of EU

Join EUobserver

Support quality EU news

Join us