Exploring the Northern Dimension

Final Program of the ND Future Forum 2019 published

Northern Dimension Future Forum 2019: Fresh and sustainable experiments of the Global North

Date: 28 November 2019
Venue: Aalto University, Dipoli (Otakaari 24, Espoo, Finland)
Organizers: Northern Dimension Institute, Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland
Financed by: DG NEAR

Final Program of the Forum

The Future Forum panels present technology- and human-centered sustainable solutions to societal challenges in the fields of health, transport, environment and culture, which are Northern Dimension thematic partnerships. Voice is given to representatives of civil society, university sector, business and government. The exhibition area presents fresh solutions to societal challenges – particularly those generated by students and youth.

The Forum is a part of the Finnish Presidency of the Council of the European Union in 2019. It serves as the people-to-people pre-event to the "Clean and Global North - High-Level Event on Regional Cooperation in the North event", organized by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland on 29 November in Finlandia Hall, Helsinki. The invitation-only event will also acknowledge the 20-year anniversary of the Northern Dimension.

More information:


Northern Dimension Institute Lead Coordinator
Professor Riitta Kosonen
Director, Center for Markets in Transition CEMAT
Aalto University
riitta.kosonen(at)aalto.fi

Dr. Päivi Karhunen
Research expert
CEMAT & Northern Dimension Institute
+358 50 3878 159
paivi.karhunen(at)aalto.fi

Global Coordination and Local Action Needed – The ND Future Forum 2020: Curbing Black Carbon Emissions

The ND Future Forum on Curbing Black Carbon Emissions in the Northern Dimension Area was held as an online event on November 24, 2020. It brought together over 60 participants from 15 countries.

The Northern Dimension Institute NDI co-organized the Forum with the EU-funded Action on Black Carbon,which is currently finalizing a roadmap for reducing black carbon emissions in the Arctic. The Forum had two complementary purposes: to feed research-based knowledge to decision-making which is the core of the NDI’s work, and to gather input from various stakeholders to the Action’s roadmap.

The program of the Forum consisted of two thematic sessions, each of which included a keynote speech followed by a commentary panel. The ND partners EC/EEAS, Norway, Russia and Iceland, the Northern Dimension Environmental Partnership and the UNECE Convention on Long-Range Transboundary Air Pollution brought their greetings and emphasized the importance of the topic.

Strategies to reduce the environmental impact of black carbon emissions

The first session discussed the strategies to reduce the environmental impact of black carbon emissions. The keynote speech by Dr Mikael Hilden (Director of the Finnish Environment Institute SYKE and a consortium member in the EU-funded Action on Black Carbon in the Arctic) addressed the multiple pathways needed to reduce emissions of black carbon.

hilden

Dr Hildén stressed that due to the complexity of black carbon, international cooperation and coordination is needed to identify emission sources, to monitor emissions, and to develop technologies and policy measures to curb emissions. Concrete steps include the harmonization of measurement criteria and data exchange, joint RDI for low emission technologies and practices, and eventually, joint policy development at a transnational level.

International cooperation and coordination needed to curb emissions

The commentary panel highlighted the need for international regulation and cooperation to curb black carbon emissions, pointing to the complexities associated with black carbon and its measurement in a standardized manner. In the lack of binding international regulation, not all countries are committed to reporting their emissions, and the lack of measurement standards undermines the international comparability of data.

The panel further demonstrated that policy steps to reduce black carbon emissions are currently taken in, for example, the EU Clean Air Policy. It was shown that the reduction of black carbon emissions would bring not only environmental benefits but also economic ones, thereby contributing to welfare development. Therefore, even more ambitious emission reduction goals would be needed.

At the same time, the panellists pointed that international coordination needs to be combined with local action, as countries and regions even within the ND area are at very different stages of development as to their environmental policies concerning, for example, decarbonization of transport.

Health effects of black carbon emissions

The second session focused on the health effects of black carbon emissions in the Northern Dimension area. The keynote speech was delivered by Dr Raimo O. Salonen, Chief Medical Officer, Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare (THL). In his presentation, Dr Salonen discussed the health effects of exposure to emissions and measures needed to reduce long-term exposure. These include the identification of areas of high exposure to particles, and informing the residents about local air pollution problems.

Salonen Raimo THL K12nelio

Dr Salonen further noted to the variety in people’s exposure to black carbon emissions, as road traffic may be the key source of emissions in urban areas, and small-scale combustion in the rural areas.

Tackling the problem of exposure to emissions from small-scale wood combustion

The international commentary panel discussed how to tackle the issue of black carbon domestically and internationally to reduce its negative implications to human health. It was noted that the health implications of black carbon are manifold, varying from the most obvious ones such as respiratory diseases to less obvious ones such as the Alzheimer disease. The panellists also pointed out that not all emissions are location-borne, including black carbon emissions from marine traffic that are “imported” to, for example, the Arctic.

The panellists pointed to positive policy outcomes in the reduction of black carbon emissions, such as a substantial decrease in emissions from traffic in Finland in the recent decade. At the same time, such positive development has not taken place as to the emissions from residential and other small-scale combustion. Indeed, the panellists raised the issue of wood combustion as an area where it is necessary to combine global coordination with local action. Tackling the problem of exposure to emissions from small-scale wood combustion is challenging in remote areas, such as rural settlements in the Russian North, where wood combustion is the only source of energy and heating available for the majority of the population.

A global approach to the challenges is needed while acting both regionally and nationally

Finally, it was noted that black carbon cannot be seen in isolation, as it is only one of the harmful substances negatively affecting human health. Initiatives, such as the introduction of cleaner fuels for ships, may provide public health benefits via reduction of sulphur emission, but increase black carbon emissions. Therefore, a concerted effort is needed to curb both sulphur and black carbon emissions.

The concluding remarks of the Forum were made by Jari Vilén, Ambassador for Barents and Northern Dimension, Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland, who noted that a global approach to the challenges we are facing is needed. At the same time, it is important to act both regionally and nationally.

The presentations are available for download here (some slides withheld).

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Northern Dimension Future Forum 2019: Fresh and sustainable experiments of the Global North

Date: 28 November 2019
Venue: Aalto University, Dipoli (Otakaari 24, Espoo, Finland)
Organizers: Northern Dimension Institute, Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland
Financed by: DG NEAR

The Forum is open to everyone and free of charge. Please remember fo register to the Forum by Thursday14 November 2019 at https://eu.eventscloud.com/sustainable-north

The Future Forum panels present technology- and human-centered sustainable solutions to societal challenges in the fields of health, transport, environment and culture, which are Northern Dimension thematic partnerships. Voice is given to representatives of civil society, university sector, business and government.

The exhibition area presents fresh solutions to societal challenges – particularly those generated by students and youth.

Updated Programme of the Forum Panels

Programme of the Exhibition Area

The Forum is a part of the Finnish Presidency of the Council of the European Union in 2019. It serves as the people-to-people pre-event to the "Clean and Global North - High-Level Event on Regional Cooperation in the North event", organized by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland on 29 November in Finlandia Hall, Helsinki. The invitation-only event will also acknowledge the 20-year anniversary of the Northern Dimension.

More information:


Northern Dimension Institute Lead Coordinator
Professor Riitta Kosonen
Director, Center for Markets in Transition CEMAT
Aalto University
riitta.kosonen(at)aalto.fi

Dr. Päivi Karhunen
Research expert
CEMAT & Northern Dimension Institute
+358 50 3878 159
paivi.karhunen(at)aalto.fi

 

Registration to the ND Future Forum 2019 is now open

Northern Dimension Future Forum 2019: Fresh and sustainable experiments of the Global North

Date: 28 November 2019
Venue: Aalto University, Dipoli (Otakaari 24, Espoo, Finland)
Organizers: Northern Dimension Institute, Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland
Financed by: DG NEAR

The Forum is open to everyone and free of charge. Participants are invited to register to the Forum by 14 November 2019 at https://eu.eventscloud.com/sustainable-north

Forum Programme

The Future Forum panels present technology- and human-centered sustainable solutions to societal challenges in the fields of health, transport, environment and culture, which are Northern Dimension thematic partnerships. Voice is given to representatives of civil society, university sector, business and government. The exhibition area presents fresh solutions to societal challenges – particularly those generated by students and youth.

The Forum is a part of the Finnish Presidency of the Council of the European Union in 2019. It serves as the people-to-people pre-event to the "Clean and Global North - High-Level Event on Regional Cooperation in the North event", organized by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland on 29 November in Finlandia Hall, Helsinki. The invitation-only event will also acknowledge the 20-year anniversary of the Northern Dimension.

More information:


Northern Dimension Institute Lead Coordinator
Professor Riitta Kosonen
Director, Center for Markets in Transition CEMAT
Aalto University
riitta.kosonen(at)aalto.fi

Dr. Päivi Karhunen
Research expert
CEMAT & Northern Dimension Institute
+358 50 3878 159
paivi.karhunen(at)aalto.fi

Save the Date 28 Nov 2019: Northern Dimension Future Forum "Fresh and sustainable experiments of the Global North"

Northern Dimension Future Forum: Fresh and sustainable experiments of the Global North
Date: 28 November 2019
Venue: Aalto University, Dipoli (Otakaari 24, Espoo, Finland)
Organizers: Northern Dimension Institute, Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland
Financed by: DG NEAR

This Open Forum is a part of the Finnish Presidency of the Council of the European Union in 2019.

The Open Forum panels present technology- and human-centered sustainable solutions to societal challenges in the fields of health, transport, environment and culture, which are Northern Dimension thematic partnerships. Voice is given to representatives of civil society, university sector, business and government. The exhibition area presents fresh solutions to societal challenges – particularly those generated by students and youth.

The Forum is free of charge and open to everyone. The programme and registration will be soon available.

The Open Forum serves as the people-to-people pre-event to the "Clean and Global North - High-Level Event on Regional Cooperation in the North event", organized by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland on 29 November in Finlandia Hall, Helsinki. The invitation-only event will also acknowledge the 20-year anniversary of the Northern Dimension.

More information:
Northern Dimension Institute Lead Coordinator
Professor Riitta Kosonen
Director, Center for Markets in Transition CEMAT
Aalto University
riitta.kosonen(at)aalto.fi

Dr. Päivi Karhunen
Research expert
CEMAT & Northern Dimension Institute
+358 50 3878 159
paivi.karhunen(at)aalto.fi

Save the Date: Northern Dimension Future Forum 2020

FutureForum20 banner pvm web

The Northern Dimension Institute organizes an annual Future Forum that gathers experts, decision makers and stakeholders to exchange information on topics of relevance for the ND thematic partnerships: environment, health and social wellbeing, transportation and logistics, and culture.

This year’s ND Future Forum events take place online.

Curbing Black Carbon Emissions in the Northern Dimension Areaon Tuesday, November 24

The online event consists of two sessions. The first session is devoted to sources of black carbon emissions and the reduction of their environmental impact. The second session focuses on the health implications of these emissions and ways of reducing them. The black carbon emissions will be discussed from technology and investments’ viewpoint, bringing to the fore various success stories.

Download the preliminary programme (pdf) here >

Combatting COVID-19 in the Northern Dimension Area on Thursday, December 3

The hybrid event consists of two sessions. The health-focused first session is organized by the NDPHS. It includes keynote presentations by researchers & experts and a panel with policymakers from the EU and Russia.

The NDI coordinates the second session, a live panel discussion focusing on broader societal impacts of the COVID-19 epidemic, e.g. how did the COVID-19 change the world and how does this change relate to other societal trends. The discussion will be streamed online.


The Future Forum events are free of charge and open to everyone. The online registration will open soon.

Follow the ND website, Facebook and Twitter for further information about speaker lineup:

Twitter: @ND_Institute

Facebook: www.facebook.com/NDInstitute/

Summary of the ND Future Forum 2019

The Annual Northern Dimension Future Forum was organized by the Northern Dimension Institute on 28th November 2019 in Dipoli, Espoo. This year the Future Forum presented Northern solutions and experiments, which may enable building more sustainable future. The forum consisted of panel discussions, and an exhibition presenting concrete projects.

The focus of the forum was on solutions and experiments as drawing from its strong academic and educational systems, the North has economic, intellectual and social capacities that can be used to combat sustainability challenges in a constructive manner. Many of them could be replicated for global use, too.

Finnish Association of Design Learning at exbibitionThe Finnish Association for Design Learning presenting at the exhibition

The forum was organized in cooperation with the Finnish Ministry for Foreign Affairs and it served as a people-to-people pre-event for the next day’s high-level event in Finlandia hall. Both events celebrated the 20th Anniversary of the Northern Dimension.

Several organisations gave their greetings to the Forum: Finnish Ministry for Foreign Affairs (State Secretary Johanna Sumuvuori), EC (Audrone Perkauskiene, EEAS), EU (Antti Peltomäki and Maria Blässar, European Commission representation in Helsinki), and Russia (Igor Kapyrin, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation).

Audrone Perkauskine Audrone Perkauskine giving the greetings from the EU

The Future Forum was open for public, free of charge, with panels uniting views from research, students, NGOs from Russia and Belorussia, the Business community, and the public sector. Bringing a wide range of stakeholders together is at the core of the work at the NDI, as in the ND Family it is the role of the NDI to channel knowledge from research and the society to the decision-makers.

Forum audienceForum audience listening the opening words by Johanna Sumuvuori

The Future Forum presented technology and human centered solutions to sustainability challenges in the fields of health, transport, environment and culture. Topics in the panels covered themes, such as climate change, aging of population, need to develop new sustainable materials and need to develop digital solutions that would be accessible to everyone.

The panels also underlined the need engage the whole society to make sustainable solutions work: accurate knowledge from research, knowledge-based policies from the public sector, investments and social responsibility from enterprises, NGOs to engage people to build a better future, and motivated students to acquire skills that equip them to take charge one day. All these viewpoints were included in the panel bringing their viewpoints.

Plenary panelIgor Kapyrin opening the Plenary Panel

The plenary panel discussed solutions to sustainability challenges from several perspectives, including how the business community has formed a proactive coalition to combat climate change, how environmental awareness is raised through education and media, and how individual citizens can adopt resource-wise lifestyles.

Dmitry VasilenkoDmitry Vasilenko giving greetings from the Russian university sector

In the second panel, the two sides of the coin of new technologies were discussed pointing to ways in which new technologies and materials save the environment and resources, on the one hand, and may cause potential ecotoxicological risks, on the other.

Technology panelThematic panel on technological solutions to sustainability challenges

The last panel presented ways to engage citizens into co-creation of user-driven services in transports, in elderly care, and to encourage people to apply more sustainable lifestyles.

Elena GolubevaElena Golubeva contributing to the human-centered solutions panel

The Future forum pointed to several positive approaches to sustainability challenges. Businesses are increasingly believing that sustainable solutions can be made profitable in many ways. These range from putting a price on CO2 emissions, to creating new businesses from re-used resources, even from left over food. Also, the society is starting to look at waste in a more positive way as a loss that can be transformed into a resource. Furthermore, rather than urging people to give up their present life styles, it is possible to increase their consciousness positively through education and communication.

In the field of media, there is a trend towards more solution-oriented journalism that acknowledges the complexity of sustainability challenges and undermines polarization and simplification of social discussion.

ND 11282019 0586 8307Participants of the last panel listening the closing words by Riitta Kosonen

The forum reminded that underlying all this is increasing need for people-to-people interaction in all sectors of society: within the interdisciplinary academia, between producers and end users of knowledge, and between the civil cociety and formal decision making. To enabale this, a range of platforms are needed. The panels stressed that it is equally valuable to create local cohesive ecosystems that produce local solutions as it is to scale up Northern solutions to serve global challenges.

The greetings from the ND Future Forum were presented in the next day at the high-level event in Finlandia Hall. It was underlined there that the Northern Dimension Structure, with its Partnerhips, and other established concrete platforms and mechanisms of cooperation, has an excellent toolpack for intensive and innovative people-to-people interaction, which is the most important ingredient needed to solve complex sustainability challenges.

Finlandia taloThe former Prime Minister of Finland Paavo Lipponen, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Finland Pekka Haavisto and the organizing team from the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland and NDI

 

Video from the ND Future Forum 2019 "Fresh and Sustainable Experiments of the Global North"

 

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