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Sustainable Growth the Nordic Way
WEB MAGAZINE - February 2018

Showing the way to 2030

“We can see that work on the 2030 Agenda is a top priority in the Nordic countries, and the Council of Ministers is in a unique position to support them in these efforts. One important step is to ensure that we, as an organisation, mainstream the Agenda into our own activities. Here, we can build on the positive experience from the work done to integrate a sustainability perspective across all sectors,” says Secretary General Dagfinn Høybråten.

One of the steps the Nordic Council of Ministers will take is to ensure that the wide-ranging project activities under its auspices promote the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) even more than previously. Other objectives include integrating the SDGs into the organisation’s budget and involving the Nordic institutions in activities supporting the SDGs.

In 2018, all eleven councils of ministers or their committees of senior officials will hold discussions on the 2030 Agenda and identify where the Nordic Region faces the biggest challenges in reaching the SDGs.

“We know that one of the biggest challenges in this field in the Nordic Region is achieving sustainable production and consumption. We hope to mobilise large-scale, multi-sectoral commitment to meeting this challenge within the next few years,” says Anniina Kristinsson.

The official body for formal inter-parliamentary co-operation, the Nordic Council, has also integrated sustainability goals in its policy work.

Photo: Johannes Jansson/