Countries in the Nordic region share many similarities between them in terms of societal structures and challenges. When we learn from each other we are able to find solutions to our cities climate and environmental challenges.

Nordic collaboration on sustainable cities can contribute to new solutions to climate change, and progress in the implementation of Agenda 2030, the UN New Urban Agenda and the EU Urban Agenda.

The Nordic Council of Ministers needs educational examples from cities in the Nordic countries. This is where Nordic City Network’s work and members can be engaged. Thomas Brunk, director at Nordic City Network, has had an initial conversation about a collaboration with Patrik Faming, chairman of the working party for Sustainable Cities.

After the working party’s establishing of a plan of action in June 2019, discussions regarding future collaborations between Nordic City Network and the Nordic Council of Ministers’ working party will be held

The Nordic Council of Ministers has agreed on a collaboration program in environment and climate during 2019-2024.

The program has five focus areas:

  1. Circular economy
  2. Climate and atmosphere
  3. Chemicals
  4. Biodiversity
  5. Sea and shore

A Nordic working group for Sustainable Cities, led by the Swedish Housing Agency, will operate as a subdivision of the focus area “Circular economy”.

During the period, the following measures are prioritized:

– Strengthening knowledge sharing and collaboration regarding Nordic methods and ideas on how to achieve sustainable urban development

Efforts for Nordic cities to develop socially, environmentally and economically in order to contribute to the implementation of the UN’s New Urban Agenda and the EU’s Urban Agenda.