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New report reveals bad environmental habits

Switching to white meats and plant-based diets and finding alternatives to air travel are among the recommendations in the Nordic Council of Ministers’ new report on household consumption, which maps the situation in the Nordic countries and presents eight recommendations for more sustainable and climate-friendly lifestyles.

Report calls for a digital policy for the green transition

Digital innovation is crucial for the green economy of the future. Although the Nordic and Baltic countries have made progress, they lack an overall policy that integrates the digital and the green. A new report highlights the importance of both digital and green expertise. It also points out that companies and organisations need proper access to open green data and that innovative political solutions are crucial to the green transition.

“Broad consensus on Nordic co-operation on defence”

The Arctic, the Baltic Sea and cyber attacks were on the agenda when the Nordic Council held a conference on defence issues in Copenhagen on Thursday. “The conference demonstrated that there is broad consensus among the Nordic countries on defence and security matters,” said Nordic Council Vice-President Annette Lind as she summed up the day.

Nordic Environment Relay starts today

The Nordic Council Environment Prize 2021 will be awarded in November. To mark the occasion, the Nordic Council is sending the actual statuette on a relay, a tour of all the Nordic countries.

Näringsministrar satsar på turismsamarbete och hållbar gruvnäring

De nordiska näringsministrarna satsar 20 miljoner danska kronor på nordiska samarbetsprojekt inom turism. Ministrarna fattade beslutet på ett digitalt möte torsdagen den 16 september. På mötet enades de också om att stärka samarbetet kring hållbar mineralutvinning och -produktion i Norden.

Allt rörligare arbetsliv ger hopp för krympande regioner

Pandemin har drivit på människors rörlighet mellan stad och land, och ökat intresset för distansarbete och boende på landsbygden. De nordiska ministrarna med ansvar för regional utveckling vill fånga momentum. De inleder en analys av hur Norden kan understödja trenden för att skapa en hållbar tillväxt i regionerna.

”Stor samsyn på nordiskt försvarssamarbete”

Arktis, Östersjön och cyberattacker stod på agendan då Nordiska rådet ordnade en försvarskonferens i Köpenhamn på torsdagen. Konferensen visade att de nordiska länderna ha stor samsyn i försvars- och säkerhetsfrågor, sammanfattade Nordiska rådets vicepresident Annette Lind dagen.

Young people advise the Nordic Council of Ministers

Young people are key players in the development of new material explaining what the Nordic Council of Ministers is and why working here also benefits children and young people in the Nordic Region.

E-health services for all!

Digital health technology will improve people’s lives in the Nordic Region but not everyone finds the new digital world easy to navigate. To address this issue, the Committee for Welfare in the Nordic Region is calling on the Nordic Council of Ministers to establish the conditions necessary for older and vulnerable groups to derive the same benefits from e-health services as everybody else.   

E-health services for all!

Digital health technology will improve people’s lives in the Nordic Region but not everyone finds the new digital world easy to navigate. To address this issue, the Committee for Welfare in the Nordic Region is calling on the Nordic Council of Ministers to establish the conditions necessary for older and vulnerable groups to derive the same benefits from e-health services as everybody else.   

Committees: Teach young people more about the Nordic Region in schools!

Although English is hugely influential on young people in the Nordic Region, two-thirds of young adults aged 16 to 25 believe that language comprehension is an important part of the Nordic community. If those living in the Nordic Region don’t understand each other’s day-to-day lives, they won’t be able to overcome major challenges together – that was the message of the Committee for Knowledge and Culture in the Nordic Region, which is seeking to strengthen Nordic education in schools by way of a new proposal.

“Designation of international ecocide would send a strong signal”

Should the Nordic Region support demands for an international law that criminalises large-scale environmental destruction? This proposal was raised and discussed by Nordic parliamentarians in the Sustainability Committee during their September meeting.

Digitale sundhedstjenester skal være for alle

Digital sundhedsteknologi vil løfte velfærden for borgere i Norden, men ikke alle har lige let ved den digitaliserede tilværelse, der vinder frem. Udvalget for Velfærd i Norden anbefaler derfor Nordisk Ministerråd at skabe forudsætningerne for at ældre og udsatte grupper får samme gavn af digitale netlægetjenester som andre.   

NATO Secretary General guest at the Session of the Nordic Council

Co-operation on defence has become an increasingly central element of Nordic co-operation. It will also be one of the topics discussed and debated at the Session of the Nordic Council in November, where NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg will be a guest speaker. He will give a speech at the Session on 3 November.

The Nordic Region should introduce a five-percent biofuel ratio and a fossil-free aviation market by 2040

All the Nordic countries have set themselves ambitious targets for cutting their CO2 emissions. Consequently, the Nordic Council Committee for Growth and Development in the Nordic Region believes that there is a basis for establishing fossil-free transport solutions and thus a fossil-free aviation market by 2040. The goal of a five-percent biofuel ratio is a start.

COVID-19 has been bad for the mental health of vulnerable children and young people

Distance learning, sports halls closed, minimal social interaction with friends. COVID-19 has hit many areas of life hard and had a negative impact on children and young people’s mental health, particularly for those who were already having a hard time. These are just some of the points that emerged from a meeting of the Nordic Council's Committee for Welfare in the Nordic Region with Lena Hallengren, the Swedish Minister for Health and Social Affairs. The committee is calling for an in-depth analysis of the issues, preventive measures in the future, greater focus on schools and closer Nordic co-operation.

Can you love whoever you want in care homes?

Can LGBTI people grow older with dignity in the Nordic Region, or are they forced back into the closet at residential nursing and care homes? The Nordic Council of Ministers for Gender Equality and LGBTI today launched a three-year Nordic research initiative on the living conditions of older LGBTI people, and on the skills needed within the field of nursing and care.

NATO Secretary General guest at the Session of the Nordic Council

Co-operation on defence has become an increasingly central element of Nordic co-operation. It will also be one of the topics discussed and debated at the Session of the Nordic Council in November, where NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg will be a guest speaker. He will give a speech at the Session on 3 November.

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