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NDPHS e-Newsletter 2/2015 is published

This issue of the NDPHS e-Newsletter opens with an article about the recently held ministerial-level Partnership Annual Conference (PAC), which adopted a declaration on the growing threat of antimicrobial resistance, the latter being the topic addressed during the PAC side-event held on the day before the Conference. Actions taken by the NDPHS to increase policy and other decision makers’ understanding and recognition of the importance of health and social well-being for the economy and other policy areas are presented in one of the articles along with their outcomes.

To read the e-Newsletter, please visit the NDPHS's website.

New Baltic Sea Clean Shipping Guide published

A new and extended version of the HELCOM Baltic Sea Clean Shipping Guide has been released in both electronic and print form. The publication, aimed at all mariners at sea, gives a concise and easily understandable overview of the regional environmental and safety of navigation measures applied in the Baltic Sea to maritime traffic.

Read more and download the guide on EUSBSR Website.

New Design Policy Monitor 2015 examines future trends in design policies and programmes in Europe

Design Policy Monitor - Reviewing Innovation and Design Policies across Europe

Authors: Anna Whicher, Piotr Swiatek & Gavin Cawood (15 January 2015)

The Design Policy Monitor collates existing statistics on the performance on design in Europe in order to provide input for evidence-based policy-making. The findings reveal a number of intriguing insights: investment in design by government innovation departments is increasing and in 2014, 25 EU member states had design included in national policy. Between March 2012 and December 2014, SEE has delivered 102 hands-on workshops engaging over 800 policy-makers and influenced 17 policies and 40 programmes related to design to a value of €6.2m.

New HELCOM assessment on networks of marine protected areas

The Baltic Sea has in terms of areal coverage the highest protection of all European marine regions; 12% of the HELCOM area is designated as marine protected areas (MPAs) thus, the target set by the UN Convention on Biological Diversity of conserving at least 10% of coastal and marine areas has been reached in the Baltic Sea.

The network of coastal and marine protected areas in the Baltic Sea, or HELCOM MPAs, is however not yet ecologically coherent, concludes the new HELCOM assessment. A coherent network, an achievement only possible through cooperation between the Baltic Sea countries, would ensure that the MPAs in the Baltic Sea are providing protection beyond the individual sites. Satisfactory coherence is important as it would contribute significantly to the biological diversity in the Baltic Sea and to favourable status of habitats and species, which are both major goals for HELCOM.

Read more and download the assessment on HELCOM website.

New NDPC Newsletter out

The latest NDPC Newsletter tells about news and events, about Communicating CCI projects, EUSBSR Priority Area Culture Conference and more what is going on in the sphere of cultural cooperation, cultural and creative industries in the Northern Dimension area.

Click here to read the NDPC Newsletter.

New NDPHS Newsletter Out

The latest NDPHS e-Newsletter focuses on the growing antimicrobial resistance that poses an increasingly serious threat to public health. A new NDPHS project, which addresses this issue and has been recently launched, is presented to that end. You will also find an update on the progress made by the NDPHS project on the HIV prevention among youth at high risk, and learn about the successful efforts of EUSBSR Priority Area Health stakeholders in attracting seed money funding. For those interested in the project-to-policy efforts, we present an article how ideas and advice provided by the NDPHS Expert Group on Non-Communicable Diseases have been followed in practice on a country level.

NDPHS e-Newsletter 2/2014

NDPHS e-Newsletter is published by the Northern Dimension Partnership in Public Health and Social Wellbeing (NDPHS) Secretariat.

New publication series: NDI Background Papers

Northern Dimension Institute has launched a new publication series NDI Background Papers. The purpose of the NDI Background Papers is to raise awareness about emerging topics relevant to the ND thematic partnerships, and review the state of the art of research on them in the ND area.

The first background paper to be published in the series is Marine Plastic Debris Pollution in the Russian Arctic by Konstantin Zaikov and Nikita Sobolev, Northern Arctic Federal University, Arkhangelsk, Russia. http://www.northerndimension.info/images/Backgroundpapers/Marine_Plastic_Debris_Pollution_in_the_Russian_Arctic_-_NDI_Background_Paper.pdf


New study on Finland’s prospects for economic growth in the Arctic and Northern regions.

Finland’s former Prime Minister Paavo Lipponen has made a study on Finland’s prospects for economic growth in the Arctic and northern regions. The report is now available in English.

The aim of the Paavo Lipponen‘s report (“Strategic Vision for the North”) was to identify the key factors that will make it possible for Finnish companies to succeed in sustainable northern business operations.

The report was an assignment by The Confederation of Finnish Industries EK, its’ member federations and the TT Foundation.

View the report A Strategic Vision for the North (pdf)

Newsletter by International Barents Secretariat, 3/2015

The new BarentSaga newsletter by International Barents Secretariat is published. The issue includes following articles:

  • Arctic identity - what does it mean?
  • A look into the Finnish chairmanship
  • How to finance Barents cooperation
  • Barents Rescue: Cross-border assistance for major accidents
  • 12th Meeting of the Environment Ministers: new priorities of the Barents environmental cooperation
  • Barents Profile: Maria Dianova

To read the newsletter, please visit the International Barents Secretariat web.

Nordic Economic Policy Review: Whither the Nordic Welfare Model?

Torben M. Andersen
Jesper Roine

The Nordic Economic Policy Review is published by the Nordic Council of Ministers. This year’s issue is part of the Danish presidency programme for the Nordic Council of Ministers in 2015. The review addresses policy issues in a way that is useful for in-formed non-specialists as well as for professional economists. All articles are commissioned from leading professional economists and are subject to peer review prior to publication.

To read the review, please visit the Nordic Council of Ministers' website.

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