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A holistic take on climate solutions: Green Growth Magazine published

A holistic take on climate solutions

Sustainable building and liveable, smart and sustainable cities are a priority area in the Nordic collaboration, which offers many examples of comprehensive solutions with people in focus. In this edition of “Green Growth the Nordic Way” you can learn about how smart Nordic energy solutions to common urban issues shorten the route towards the Nordic carbon-neutral scenario – a scenario that need not cost the earth to implement.

The Nordic market is a living laboratory for climate-smart solutions. In a preview of the Nordic Green to Scale project, we present some Nordic low-carbon success stories that, if they were scaled up in other parts of the world, could make a substantial contribution to attainment of the goals in the Paris Agreement. You can also read about the Nordic Prime Ministers’ initiative for tackling climate change and other global challenges.

Download the publication on this website.

Arctic Expertise in Nordic Cooperation -seminar

Arctic Expertise in Nordic Cooperation -seminar was organised by the Finnish Prime Minister's Office on September 5th, 2016. The seminar's main purpose was to deepen cooperation between and among actors in the arctic region. Former Prime Minister Paavo Lipponen and Risto E. J. Penttilä, CEO, Finland Chamber of Commerce talked in the second part of the seminar. Please see the webcast on Finnish Government website.

Call for proposals: Nordic Register-based Research Projects

NordForsk is now announcing the fourth call under the Nordic Programme on Health and Welfare. The call is targeted towards Nordic register-based research. Application deadline is 5 October 2016 at 13:00 CET.

The Nordic Programme on Health and Welfare is a collaborative effort between Denmark (the Danish Council for Independent Research | Medical Sciences), Finland (The Academy of Finland), Iceland (The Icelandic Centre for Research Rannís), Norway (The Research Council of Norway), Sweden (The Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare Forte and The Swedish Research Council) and NordForsk.

The overall goal of the Nordic Programme on Health and Welfare is to improve health in the Nordic countries by finding solutions to societal and public health challenges through high-quality research.

Thematic framework

The call is targeted towards Nordic register-based research. The research should address societal challenges and use register data from combined data sources (i.e. both socio-economic and health-related data). User involvement and perspectives should be taken into account.

More information from NordForsk website.

Call for proposals: strategy for the international branding and positioning of the Nordic Region

To implement the strategy for the international branding and positioning of the Nordic Region, internal and external stakeholders in Nordic co-operation are invited to apply for funding for Nordic projects and partnerships that seek to strengthen the Nordic brand internationally.

The Secretariat to the Nordic Council of Ministers was tasked by the Ministers for Nordic Co-operation with developing a strategy for the international branding and positioning of the Nordic Region (branding project). As part of the implementation of this strategy, both internal and external stakeholders in Nordic co-operation are now invited to apply for funding for Nordic projects and partnerships that seek to strengthen the Nordic brand internationally.

Read more on the Nordic Council website.

Call for proposals: The Nordic Green Growth Research and Innovation Programme

The Nordic countries have committed themselves to ambitious climate goals towards 2050 in terms of developing energy efficient and low-carbon societies. To achieve these goals, extensive green transitions are needed in all areas of the Nordic societies and economies, facilitated by promoting green economic growth, sustainability and competitiveness in both the public and the private sectors.

The main research and innovation funders in the Nordic countries are now launching the joint Nordic Green Growth Research and Innovation Programme (hereafter “the programme”) in cooperation with NordForsk, Nordic Innovation and Nordic Energy Research.

The programme will cover innovation, research and energy, as well as science and technology. The programme will generate Nordic added value and create synergies with relevant initiatives nationally and at the Nordic level.

Application period ends in 16.08.2016 - 10:00 CET

The total budget amounts to NOK 73 million.

Funding decision: mid-November 2016. Project start-up: Q1 2017.

Find more information about the Programme from the NordForsk website.

EU on the Nordic agenda

The Nordic Region’s relationship with the EU was a key topic of discussion at a meeting of the Ministers for Nordic Co-operation in Copenhagen on 1 July. Much of the Nordic countries’ legislation is affected by EU legislation. From early 2016, increasing focus has been placed on how EU legislation is implemented in the Nordic countries.

The Ministers for Nordic Co-operation engaged in an extended discussion on this topic at their meeting. The discussion was marked by the lack of clarity following the British referendum on the country’s withdrawal from the EU.

The three Nordic members of the EU – Denmark, Finland, and Sweden – stressed the importance of avoiding the adoption of regional positions in relation to European co-operation. Nevertheless, it is still both possible and important that the Nordic countries strengthen their co-operation as much as possible, including on EU legislation affecting key Nordic issues.

See more from Norden

Green Financing - the Nordic Way. A report by Nordic Council of Ministers published

The rationale behind this work is the idea that Nordic experiences and practices of green financing could be relevant in a global context – to both G20 and non-G20 countries. Nordic solutions – including technology, market expertise, policy measures and financing models – that have proven successful in a domestic and/or a regional context are explored and assessed in terms of their applicability to international markets. The objective is to identify solutions that can be scaled up in the short and medium term to accelerate the transformation towards a green(er) financial system.

Download the report on Norden website.

International workshop on Societal Security Research in Riga, Latvia, 31.8-1.9.2016

NordForsk and the Nordic Council of Ministers’ office in Latvia, are organizing a workshop to help inform the scope and development of a possible international research cooperation aimed at understanding and addressing current debates surrounding societal security in the Nordic and Baltic countries.

The workshop will be held in the “Glass Hall” of Hotel Bergs, Riga, Latvia.

Attendance is by invitation only.

Registration and more information available at NordForsk website.

NCM published Nordic Bioeconomy Programme: 15 Action Points for Sustainable Change

Nordic Council of Ministers and Nordic Council of Ministers Secretariat have published the Nordic Bioeconomy Programme: 15 Action Points for Sustainable Change, which combines environmental, social and economic ambitions for a more sustainable Region. The bioeconomy is of fundamental importance to the national economies of the Nordic countries, and especially important for rural development in large parts of the Region. The programme aims to create new industries and value chains and to facilitate and guide the transition of bio-based industries into technology advanced industries, and to optimise the production and value creation of biomass. The programme sets out a vision for the Nordic bioeconomy based on four pillars:
  • competitive bio-based industries
  • sustainable resource management
  • resilient and diverse ecosystems
  • inclusive economic development
To reach this vision, the programme defines 15 action points under three thematic areas: Innovate – Accelerate – Network. The focus is on development of new policies on regional, national and Nordic level, for increased funding, better education, labelling and certificates, bioeconomy clusters and several other areas. The programme also contains an appendix with sustainability principles that can be seen as a step towards developing common ground and good practices for a sustainable bioeconomy in the Nordic Region.
 
Read the Programme at the NCM website.
 

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