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A common path: Danish presidency of the Nordic Council of Ministers 2020

07.11.2019  06:51

Working Together on Solutions for the Future is both the title and the ambition for the joint Danish, Greenlandic and Faroese Presidency of the Nordic Council of Ministers 2020. The programme seeks to implement the Council of Ministers’ new Vision 2030, making the Nordic region the most sustainable and integrated region in the world.

In August, the Nordic Prime ministers adopted a new vision for the Nordic Council of Ministers. The aim of the new vision is to ensure that the Nordic region will become the most sustainable and integrated region in the world.

The new Presidency of Denmark, Greenland and the Faroe Island will seek to consolidate social cohesion and co-operation and to make the most of the region’s potential. It underpins the three strategic priorities outlined by the Council of Ministers’ vision – a green, competitive and socially sustainable Nordic region – all of which also contribute to achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals. 

The green Nordic region

The Nordic region is recognised worldwide as a guarantor of ambitious and effective sustainability initiatives and climate solutions. The new Presidency will continue and refine co-operation on the environment, nature and climate in order to make the region even greener and, in particular, to lead from the front at international level, e.g. promoting biodiversity and reducing plastic and waste in the world's oceans. 

The competitive Nordic region

The Presidency will continue to enhance the position of the Nordic region as the most wide-ranging form of regional co-operation with cross-border freedom of movement in the world. Research, innovation, investments and digitalisation will make companies as competitive as possible during the green transition and promote circular, climate-friendly solutions that will benefit the Nordic region and the rest of the world. 

The socially sustainable Nordic region

Nordic cohesion is based on shared values such as trust, democracy and gender equality. However, this cohesion is threatened by encroaching globalisation. The programme for the Presidency sees education and culture as positive platforms for efforts to preserve and enhance social cohesion and knowledge of the Nordic languages. Sustainable communities of young people will be invaluable in this context. Nordic co-operation must benefit everybody in the region – young and old, haves and have nots. 

Working Together on Solutions for the Future

Working Together on Solutions for the Future is not just the title of the programme for the Presidency in 2020. It is also exactly what Denmark, Greenland and the Faroe Islands, the three constituent parts of the kingdom, are doing for the Presidency of the Nordic Council of Ministers in 2020. 

The world is turning to the Nordic Region at the moment, and the Danish Embassy in Beijing is working closely with its Nordic colleagues, promoting Nordic thinking, solutions, values and competences.

The Nordic embassies and missions in China have joined forces, and will in 2020 be hosting a large-scale event, bridging China and the Nordic region, by sharing perspective, values and cultures.

You can read more about the Nordic Council of Ministers here, and find the new vision here.