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Strengthened co-operation will safeguard food supply in the Nordic Region

The spiralling cost of food, energy and fertiliser – a consequence of the war in Ukraine. What’s the impact on food production in the Nordic Region and how can we mitigate our vulnerability? Ten Nordic ministers with responsibility for food, agriculture, forestry, and fisheries want to strengthen co-operation on crisis preparedness.

Emerging journalists from the Nordics and Canada report the facts of the climate crisis

There has never been a more urgent time to document how climate change is affecting communities, culture and our planet — and what we can do to stop it. The Nordic–Canadian Fellowship in Environmental Journalism as part of Nordic Bridges offers young, emerging journalists from the Nordics and Canada the chance to dive deep into some of the biggest threats facing the environment today.

Nordic ministers for culture: Protect Ukraine’s cultural heritage!

The Nordic ministers for culture, who met in Oslo in early May, express their great concern about the consequences of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Ministers condemn the ongoing war in Ukraine and, in a joint statement, call for the protection of the country’s cultural heritage in line with current international conventions.

Here are the winners of the Embla Nordic food awards!

Norway, Sweden, and Denmark were the big winners of the evening, as the Embla Nordic food awards was awarded for the third time. The Norwegian ‘Geitmyra Credo’ - a gastronomic knowledge centre for children and young people in Oslo, ‘The Junk Food Project’ which works with social sustainability in Denmark, and the Swedish beverage entrepreneur Andreas Sundgren are three of the seven winners of the Embla awards.

Nordic language seminar: Can smart apps promote language comprehension in the Nordic Region?

How can technical solutions help to increase Nordic language comprehension? Can smart apps increase young people’s interest in the Nordic languages? What role does English play in the trend of declining knowledge of neighbouring countries’ languages among young people? An exciting Nordic language seminar will be hosted in Reykjavik on 27 June, which will also be broadcast live online.

Nordic Region plays host to political festivals in eight countries this summer

The Nordic Council of Ministers and the Nordic Council are on hand at this summer’s political festivals and invite people from across the Nordic and Baltic region to engage in debate on defence, energy, the integration of refugees, construction, digitalisation, food, and much more. The emphasis in all of the above will be on how to make our communities even more green and sustainable. Things kick off on Thursday 16 June.

What can we learn from the pandemic in the fight against antibiotic resistance?

Antibiotic resistance is now the leading cause of death in the world. All eyes are on the Nordic Region, which reduced the use of antibiotics in livestock farming by preventing diseases long before the rest of Europe. The Nordic Region invited international experts to a discussion on how to muster the political will to deal with this problem.

Paula Lehtomäki moving to a new role

Paula Lehtomäki, Secretary General of the Nordic Council of Ministers, is going to take up a new role as CEO of Skogsindustrin rf, Finnish Forest Industries Federation. Consequently, she will leave her role at the Nordic Council of Ministers in September 2022, six months before the end of her term.

Young people put ecocide crime on the Nordic-political agenda

Stop supporting fossil fuels and get behind a new international law against large-scale environmental crimes! These are just two of the demands from Nordic and Baltic youth movements, which were handed over to and discussed with Nordic ministers for the environment and climate at a roundtable discussion at the Stockholm+50 UN meeting.

New Nordic think tank examines influence of tech giants

A new Nordic think tank will take a closer look at the tech giants’ influence on democracy in the Nordic Region and come up with proposals for solutions. The think tank, which consists of experts from the Nordic countries, is part of a broader effort by the Nordic ministers for culture in their joint work in this field.

Young people to meet Nordic climate and environment ministers

What should be the role of the Nordic and Baltic countries in international climate work? Next week, representatives of young people from the Nordic and Baltic states will present their recommendations to the Nordic climate and environment ministers at a roundtable discussion in advance of the UN summit Stockholm+50.

Webinar: Latest updates on Nordic Nutrition Recommendations

The upcoming Nordic Nutrition Recommendations (NNR2022) will deliver the most updated and comprehensive Nordic report on diet and health. This fifth edition of the guidelines will - for the first time ever - also fully integrate sustainability, with a major focus on climate and environment. At a webinar on 25 May, status and main events in the project will be presented. Everyone is welcome.

One Nordic voice in UN negotiations on biodiversity

The biodiversity crisis must be resolved by way of a global agreement with measurable goals and clear requirements for implementation. That’s the joint message to the UN from the Nordic ministers for climate and the environment. They promise to increase their own efforts for biodiversity in the Nordic Region.

Nordic delegation visits Nordic Bridges in Canada

Nordic literature, theatre, music, film, dance, art, and design are currently drawing a great deal of attention in Canada. The Nordic Bridges cultural initiative is now in full swing. Led by Norway’s Minister of Culture and Equality, Anette Trettebergstuen, a Nordic delegation will visit Canada this week to meet with artists, those working at cultural institutions, and political representatives.

New report: Refugees have the most difficulty finding a job in Denmark

More refugees have jobs in Sweden and Norway, and they receive higher wages than in Denmark. More men than women are in work after living in their new Nordic country for a few years. These are the findings of a new report on labour market integration, which was launched on Monday.

Nominations for the 2022 Nordic Council Music Prize

Twelve works have been nominated for the 2022 Nordic Council Music Prize for their high artistic standard. These include albums with electronic music, folk and art music, as well as new concepts such as a flute nonet and a kinetic opera, which have all been produced by composers from the Nordic countries. The winners will be announced on 1 November in Helsinki.

Ministers want young people’s suggestions on Nordic policy for sparsely populated areas

What’s required for Nordic rural areas to be attractive places to live, settle and work in? The Nordic ministers responsible for regional policy want to know how young people in sparsely populated areas would answer that question. At the meeting, they also reviewed new innovative solutions that are emerging around the Nordic Region to safeguard essential services in sparsely populated areas.

Self-sufficiency of food production in the Nordic islands

Of the five Nordic islands surveyed, the most self-sufficient is Åland, and the least self-sufficient is Bornholm. The degree of self-sufficiency is important for crisis preparedness and for thriving rural areas – but what does it mean for sustainability? This issue is being investigated in a new report.

New report: Digitalization of courts strengthen the rule of law

Although the judicial system is inherently conservative, the Nordic courts have been gradually modernizing and incorporating digital technology within the last decade or so. Denmark is ahead of other Nordic countries in the digitalization of the courts, but has still a lot to learn from the Baltic countries, Estonia and Latvia, who got a kick-start following their independence in the early nineties.

Nordic ministers: Safeguard the free role of art and culture

The conditions for the free role of art are crucial for a democratic society. As a pioneering region, the Nordic countries must raise this issue internationally at a time when values such as these are under pressure. That was the message from the Nordic ministers for culture at their first ministerial meeting of the year in Oslo on Wednesday.

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