In this issue we introduce our three-year NDI Think Tank Action and bring you highlights from the Northern Dimension Future Forums. We are also glad to present the first Policy Briefs published by the NDI.
You can find the ND Newsflash here (link).
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NDI was represented by NDI Lead Coordinator professor Riitta Kosonen and project coordinator Hanna-Elina Koivisto in the 10th Northern Dimension Forum on 4 April 2019 organized by the Northern Dimension Business Council, the Association of European Business and Graduate School of Management of the St. Petersburg University in St. Petersburg, Russia. This year the event was held on the topic of “Sustainable development in the era of global change: growth factors and (un)known challenges”.
The event gathered over 200 participants representing EU, ND Partnerships, the Regional Councils, Russian and international companies, industries, authorities, universities and International Financial Institutions from ND countries, Belarus, Canada and the USA.
The event consisted of sessions and panel discussions on future challenges in the global political, economic and public spheres. Professor Kosonen was invited as a panelist in the plenary round table discussion on sustainable development of the Northern Dimension, global challenges and the regional answers. She introduced the ongoing NDI Think Tank Action and the identified topics of interest and future challenges by the ND Partnerships and the research community. The thematic policy-relevant research in environmental sphere, for example, is focused on co-creating research-based solutions and recommendations for action to curb black carbon emissions in the Arctic.
Riitta Kosonen during the plenary "Sustainable Development of the Northern Dimension: Global Challenges and the Regional Answers
Riitta Kosonen (NDI), Dace Resele, new Head of NDPC Secretariat and Paavo Lipponen, former Prime Minister of Finland
See more on the 10th ND Forum here (link)
NDI lead coordinator team headed by professor Riitta Kosonen participated in the Northern Dimension Senior Officials’ Meeting (ND SOM) on 5 March 2019. The event was organized by the European External Action Service (EEAS) and chaired by EEAS Managing Director Thomas Mayr Harting in the Square Convention Centre in Brussels. All the key ND participants; ND Partnerships, the Regional Councils, International Financial Institutions as well as other representatives involved in Northern Dimension cooperation were present in the meeting. Belarus, Canada and the USA attended the meeting as observers.
The Senior Officials recognized the benefits and importance of the ND policy and the opportunities for providing a unique multilateral framework and people-to-people contacts to address practical common challenges in the Northern Dimension area. It was also encouraged to further joint work on both Baltic Sea Region and Euro-Arctic matters, using the Northern Dimension partnerships and structures for dialogue, joint projects and scientific cooperation. In her speech, professor Kosonen introduced the work of the Northern Dimension Institute (NDI) since 2016 with special focus on the four ND Future Forums arranged in 2018 and the EC co-funded NDI Think Tank Action launched from the beginning of 2019.
The Senior Officials recognised the work of the Northern Dimension Institute (NDI) and its coordinators - Aalto University, Northern (Arctic) Federal University and St.Petersburg State University of Economics in informing and publicising the Northern Dimension policy. They thanked the NDI for the Future Forums organised in 2018 and for the subsequent policy briefs.
NDI lead coordinator Riitta Kosonen during her speech at the ND Senior Officials' Meeting in Brussels 2019.
Ms. Dace Resele, newly appointed head of the Northern Dimension Partnership on Culture (NDPC) secretariat, visited Aalto University on 16 April 2019. Ms. Resele was joined with Ms. Maija Lummepuro, the previous head of the NSPC steering committee, Senior Ministerial Adviser, Department for Cultural and Art Policy, Ministry of Education and Culture of Finland, and, Ms. Eva-Maria Hakola, Head of Development, and Ms. Aura Seikkula, Regional artist, Nordic cooperation from the Arts Promotion Centre Finland. Visit to Aalto University was included in Ms. Recele’s visit programme to the Ministry of Education and Culture and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland as the chairing country of the NDPC in 2018.
In the Aalto University, the visitors were introduced to the Aalto Design Factory and the ongoing cross-disciplinary student projects by DF Director & PDP Professor Kalevi "Eetu" Ekman. In the meeting with the NDI Coordination team headed by Professor Riitta Kosonen, the NDI Think Tank Action was introduced and potential collaboration activities with the NDPC were discussed.
Dace Resele visiting Aalto Design Factory
In the afternoon, three ongoing programmes and courses in the Aalto University School of Businessa and School of Arts, Design and Architecture were introduced: