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Bring Nordic children and young people home from forced marriages abroad

The Nordic authorities need to be able to do more to bring Nordic children and young people home when they find themselves in forced marriages abroad, according to a recommendation made to the governments by the Nordic Council Welfare Committee at this year’s Session. The key is for the embassies to work more closely together.

Finland to lead Nordic Council of Ministers in 2021

We are stronger and wiser together than as individuals. This is one of the fundamental theses of the Finnish programme for the presidency of the Nordic Council of Ministers in 2021. The programme zeroes in on the vision for Nordic co-operation, which states that the Nordic Region shall be the most integrated and sustainable region in the world. Furthermore, the programme for the coming year draws up guidelines for active co-operation on the creation of a greener, more competitive, and more socially sustainable Nordic Region.

“Climate change and loss of biodiversity are the same problem”

We cannot choose simply to focus on climate change or protecting biodiversity – the two fields are closely related. This was one of the conclusions when Nordic politicians and young biodiversity activists met the nominees of the 2020 Nordic Council Environment Prize to discuss the biodiversity crisis.

Plastic pollution no more – Nordic report suggests tools and ways forward

Today the Nordic Council of Ministers for the Environment and Climate are publishing a new report on possible approaches to a new global agreement to prevent plastic pollution. Join the virtual launch that brings together leaders from across the globe to discuss what such a new global agreement could include to be an effective tool.

New game helps improve your eating habits

What does truly healthy and sustainable food look like on a plate in the Nordic Region, Canada, Indonesia or Brazil? A new interactive game launched today, on World Food Day, helps you find out. Using gamification of evidence and dietary guidelines, it shows how food might be the best place to start if you want to help make the planet healthier. Let’s play!

Nordic prizes 2020 – on TV and online

On 27 October, the Nordic Council will award its annual prizes during a TV special broadcast throughout the Nordic Region. COVID-19 may have put a stopper to the traditional ceremony on Iceland, but the winners of the five prizes will be revealed at an online ceremony instead. The President of Iceland, Guðni Thorlacious Jóhannesson, the novelist and artist Zinat Pirzadeh and the director and former prize winner Benedikt Erlingsson will be among those presenting the prizes.

UN Secretary General to meet with Nordic Council on COVID-19

The UN Secretary General António Guterres is to meet with the Nordic Council on 27 October and share his thoughts on the COVID-19 crisis. The Nordic prime ministers and heads of government will also join in the online meeting, which will be about the pandemic from both a Nordic and a global perspective. The event will be streamed live online.

Towards a green digital future together

Digital technologies and tools are developing rapidly and represent crucial drivers for promoting green transition, economic growth and tackling COVID-19 and future pandemics. It is therefore important that the Nordic and Baltic countries continue the strong partnership and cooperation on sustainable and green digital transformation.

Nordic Council discusses Brexit and the future of the EU with Benelux

The impact of Brexit, the future of the EU, and the situation in Belarus were the focus of discussions at the Benelux Parliament’s conference on Friday, which was attended by the Nordic Council. Three representatives from the Nordic Council took part digitally to present a Nordic perspective in the debates.

“We have to be the generation that takes action”

Young people are increasingly concerned with, and involved in, making the future sustainable. In August 2020, the youth movement Regeneration 2030 gathered for a two-day summit on Sustainable Development Goal number 17 (SDG 17) on global partnership for sustainable development. Among the speakers at the summit were Paula Lehtomäki, Secretary General of the Nordic Council of Ministers.

Nordic Council to debate COVID-19 and societal security

Although there is no physical Session this year, the Nordic Council’s intensive political work will continue during the week it would have been held. For example, there will be multiple online meetings and a debate on COVID-19 and its impact on the Nordic Region.

“We have to be the generation that takes action”

Young adults are increasingly concerned with, and involved in, how to secure a sustainable future. In august 2020, the youth movement Regeneration 2030 gathered for a two-day sum-mit on Sustainable Development Goal number 17 (SDG 17) on global partnership for sustainable development. Among the speakers at the summit were Paula Lehtomäki, Secretary General of the Nordic Council of Ministers.

Журналисты региона Северных стран и России наводят мосты сотрудничества

Сотрудничество между журналистами России и Северных стран должно быть направлено на борьбу с фальшивыми новостями, мифами и недопониманием среди общественности и тем самым на улучшение взаимодействия на уровне проектов между регионом Северных стран и Россией.

Nordic Council invites prime ministers to discuss societal security

At the 2019 Session of the Nordic Council, the Council adopted a strategy for societal, which it wants the countries to implement as soon as possible. The Council had asked the governments to comment on the proposals in the strategy, and a number of councils of ministers have now responded to the request. The Nordic Council is not satisfied with the responses and is now planning the following steps: a dialogue meeting with the prime ministers, and a dialogue meeting with the ministers responsible for contingency planning.

Lea Wermelin: “Nature is in crisis”

Biodiversity must be at the very top of the national and Nordic political agendas say Nordic politicians and young activists, in response to the new UN report Global Biodiversity Outlook. The report shows that not a single one of the 20 goals in the global biodiversity strategy for 2011–2020 has been reached.

Nordic residents must get better at managing disinformation

Adverts for useless face masks, reports of fabricated cases, and tips on dubious treatment methods – the amount of fake news and disinformation during the coronavirus pandemic has increased to such an extent that the World Health Organization (WHO) has warned of an information epidemic. The Nordic Council Committee for Knowledge and Culture has proposed that a joint policy be drawn up for efforts relating to media and information awareness.


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