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Can digital tools reduce loneliness among older adults?

Experiences from three Swedish cities and Nordic research Welcome to join Nordregio and the Nordic Welfare Centre in a discussion about tools to reduce loneliness among older adults. This a timely topic post-Covid-19, which in many ways increased the social isolation among seniors. The point of departure is a new report by Nordregio, showcasing three municipalities using digital tools in elderly care – and what we can learn from their experiences. Many older adults in the Nordics feel lonely and socially isolated. Sometimes even when they live in special homes for the elderly. This has negative effects on their mental and physical health – and was further exacerbated during the Covid-19 pandemic when social isolation became the order of the day. The use of digital technologies within elderly care has the potential to combat social isolation, for instance, by increasing access to care services and social activities. But, until now, we have limited knowledge of the effectiveness of digital interventions. In a new report, Nordregio investigated the use of digital technologies within home care services and in caring homes in three case study municipalities in Sweden: Huddinge, Eskilstuna, and Storuman. The focus is mainly on challenges, opportunities, and solutions that have emerged during the covid-19 pandemic. The webinar will be held on 7 December 2022, 13:00-14:15 CET on Zoom. Programme 13:00 – 14:15 CET 13.00 Welcome to the programme Moderator Åsa Ström Hildestrand, Head of Communications, Nordregio 13.05 Presentation of the new report – main findings: Reducing loneliness among older adults in times of covid-19 and beyond: Experiences from three Swedish Municipalities (REDLON)Johanna Jokinen, Senior Research Fellow, Nordregio   Q&A with moderator and Audience 13.30 Comments on the report findings from the Nordic Welfare Centre and their project Loneliness and Social Isolation During the COVID-19 Pandemic: How can we prevent negative feelings…

Agenda 2030: Workshops & matchmaking for Nordic municipalities in Stockholm

Agenda 2030 for municipalities: Welcome to Nordic matchmaking in Stockholm! We welcome Nordic municipalities to Stockholm 13-14 October to make this the decade of action! Whether you are just getting started or already well on the way with SDG implementation – join us for this two-day event of practical workshops, networking, and matchmaking activities. The aim is to take your SDG work to the next level through peer-to-peer learning! When: Thursday-Friday 13-14 October, 2022 (lunch to lunch) Where: Stockholm, Nordregio's premises Whom: Representatives from municipalities and regions working with Agenda 2030 Price: Free of charge. Travel reimbursements are available for participation in matchmaking activities. Organizers: Nordregio, in collaboration with SKR/ Glokala Sverige, KS, KL, Kuntaliitto and Samband   PROGRAMME 13 October workshops: No PowerPoint marathons but hands-on workshops – bring your laptops! Based on our summer survey, the topics will include: governance and steering, citizen and other stakeholder engagement, indicators and monitoring, climate policies and the SDGs. There is still room for more ideas so let us know in the registration form. The workshops will be followed by social events in the evening, including dinner and inspirational talks. 14 October matchmaking: On the second day, we will continue with in-depth matchmaking activities; This is a unique opportunity for municipalities to build relationships with other Nordic municipalities and enable mutual learning and collaboration. Register for the workshops and matchmaking session by the 26th of September via the link below. There is a limited number of places available, so the “first come – first served” principle applies. Nordregio confirms all registrations within a few days.  If you are not able to join us 13-14 October, but interested in the matchmaking activities which will continue in 2023, please fill in the registration form and tick the suitable box. You may still be able to join the process.    REGISTER: https://www.lyyti.in/Agenda_2030_Workshops_matchmaking_for_Nordic_municipalities_in_Stockholm_3991   Why join the matchmaking?…

How can rural areas benefit from the green transition? Local energy, land-use, and value creation

How can rural areas benefit from the green transition? Local energy, land-use, and value creation 27 September, 13.00-15.00 CET (webinar) Registration has closed. If you want to join, contact Pipsa Salolammi (at nordregio.org) Rural areas play a vital role in the green transition. That is where most natural resources are located. Still, many communities don’t benefit enough from local green energy solutions. This can reduce the support for the green transition and lead to lost opportunities. So, how could national policies and regional practices address this issue and ensure local gains from local resources? To spur discussion on a Nordic level, The Nordic Thematic group of Green and Inclusive rural regional development welcome you to a webinar on 27 September, @13-15:00 CET on Zoom. Join our Nordic experts for an afternoon about the green transition and its effects on rural areas – focusing on solutions for an inclusive and just transition. WEBINAR PROGRAMME 27 September, at 13-15:00 CEST, Zoom (link will be sent after registration) Moderator Anna Karlsdottir, Senior Research Fellow and project manager at Nordregio gives insights into the latest findings in the discussion paper A Just Green Transition” for rural areas: key concepts and implications in the Nordic Region, and asks speakers to reflect on this and give new perspectives to this topic. Lise Nielson, Senior Advisor, Nordic Energy Research Irene Kuhmonen, Project researcher and PhD candidate at the University of Jyväskylä, Finland Ásdís Hlökk Theodórsdóttir, former CEO of the Icelandic planning agency (Skipulagsstofnun) & Adjunct at the University of Iceland. Johanna Liljenfeldt, Senior Lecturer in Energy Transition, Uppsala university (Gotland section) Sweden Steffen Damsgaard, Chair for the joint council of Denmark’s rural districts/Danmarks Landdistrikts fællesråd. This webinar is part of the project A Just Green Transition in Rural Areas with focus on Local benefits from Value creation of renewable…

Combatting energy poverty in times of crisis

Online 19 September 10.00-11.30 CET Europe has endured a great deal of complication this past year. As the impacts of COVID-19 linger and the war in Ukraine continues, energy agencies and public authorities within the EU wrestle with how such crises affect the already complex work of tackling energy poverty. In this final event for the Social Green project, partners will reflect on the challenges facing green retrofit policy instruments and exchange knowledge about their current work to combat energy poverty within Spain, Romania, and Croatia. This event is open to policymakers supporting the renovation wave, local and regional authorities/energy agencies working with green retrofits, and all who are interested in improving the situation for energy poor households. Agenda 10:00-10:05  CET    Welcome and introduction, Johannes Lidmo (Social Green Project Coordinator, Nordregio) 10:05-10:15    The Social Green project in summary: Learnings from final report, Lisa Rohrer (Nordregio) 10:15-10:57    Social Green regional partners on their main lessons learned: combatting energy poverty in times of Covid-19 pandemic. Challenges regarding Energy Poverty during the pandemic in South Muntenia region, Andrei Georgescu, (Regional Development Agency South Muntenia, Romania) Recovery Funds, an opportunity to boost the energy renovation process in Extremadura region, Ana Martínez, (Agenex – Extremadura Energy Agency, Spain) Tudor Drambarean, Alba Iulia Municipality (Romania) The role of solar PV in reducing the risk of energy poverty, Ivan Šimić (Regional Energy Agency North, Croatia) 10:57-11:07   Building resilience while combating energy poverty in Europe Dr. Saska Petrova, Senior Lecturer at Department of Geography, University of Manchester  11:07-11:27    Panel discussion with all Social Green partners and external speaker, moderated by Johannes Lidmo (Nordregio) 11:27-11:30    Wrap up This is the final event of the fifth-call activities of the Interreg Europe Social Green project (2021-2022). Register here: https://www.lyyti.in/Combatting_energy_poverty_in_times_of_crisis_4748

Policy workshop: Integrating Climate into Macroeconomic Modelling

On the 15th of September between 13:00 – 14:30 CEST the Integrating Climate into Macroeconomic Modelling (ICMM) project invites experts and practitioners to discuss policy challenges and model capabilities in the Nordic countries. The workshop's goal is to facilitate exchange on the current challenges about the use of modelling tools in each stage of the policy cycle, from policy design and planning to policy evaluation.   The focus will be on: Sharing the preliminary results from the TERM-Nordic model: TERM-Nordic is a computable general equilibrium model designed to explore the effects of climate policies on household finances across the Nordic Region. Knowledge exchange: Learn from the experiences of other countries and share your views on the use and application of existing integrated climate-finance models in policy making. Expanding your network: Meet and exchange ideas with key experts and policy actors in the Nordic Region. Who might benefit? Experts in different research institutions and other organisations linked to model development in each country, and policy officers and planners with competencies in climate policies. What is the format? During the workshop, our project experts will present preliminary results from the TERM-Nordic model. This model is currently under development in the project Ensuring Inclusive Economic Growth in the Transition to a Green Economy (EnIGG), funded by the Nordic Council of Ministers and conducted by Nordregio in cooperation with Merit Economics and the University of Victoria. After the workshop follows a 30-minute “Meet the speaker!” session,  where you have the opportunity to chat and discuss more in-depth with one of the speakers. Find more information on the ICMM and  EnIGG projects here. Preliminary agenda All hours indicated in the programme are CEST 13:00 Welcoming words 13:05 Presentation of projects: Integrating Climate into Macroeconomic Modelling (ICMM) & Ensuring inclusive economic growth in the transition to a green economy (EnIGG)…

Leave no one behind – Policies to support a just green transition in the Nordics

Webinar 31 August 14.00-16.00 CET Insights from research, labour market representatives and civil society  Join the discussion on justice and equality aspects in one of the most significant transformations of our time. In this webinar, the Not Just a Green Transition project (NJUST) invites researchers, policymakers, and experts to discuss with the labour market and civil society representatives what a just green transition entails and how climate policies address the human factor. The focus will be on:    What do we mean when we talk about “a just green transition”?   How do climate policies affect people’s lives – and are the effects similar for everyone?   What are the blind spots of Nordic climate policies?   PROGRAMME 14.00 Opening remarks: Why is just green transition important and timely? Ásta Bjarnadóttir, Iceland's Prime Ministers Office and moderator Åsa Ström Hildestrand 14.10 Key implications of green transition in the Nordic Region, Anna Lundgren, Senior Research Fellow, NJUST project manager, Nordregio 14.15 The social impacts of climate mitigation policies on vulnerable groups in the Nordic Region, Carlos Tapia, Senior Research Fellow, Nordregio 14.35 Commentary remarks from national experts in Finland and Iceland – Heta-Elena Heiskanen, Ministry of the Environment in Finland and NJUST steering group member – Ásta Bjarnadóttir, Iceland's Prime Ministers Office, NJUST project steering group chairperson 14.50 Commentary remarks on how green transition impacts people and labour force:   – Magnus Gissler, General Secretary of the Council of Nordic Trade Unions – Markus Äimälä, Director, Labour & Law, Confederation of Finnish Industries – Annika Lyytikäinen, Nordic Youth Council – Jan Davidsen, the chairperson of the Norwegian Pensioners' Association 15.10 Panel with the experts and commentators: Questions from the audience 15.45 Nordregio presents 2 other projects that have synergies with NJUST project: Inclusive economic growth project & A Just Green Transition in rural areas: local benefits from value creation, Nora Sanchez Gassen, Senior Research Fellow, Nordregio  15.50  Final remarks, project manager Anna Lundgren, Nordregio   2 NEW REPORTS…

20 June: How can welfare institutes collaborate for regional development?

The idea behind the concept of WIiSPA – Welfare Institutes in Sparsely Populated Areas – is that reliable welfare services are a prerequisite for regional development, especially in rural areas. Another goal of the creation of WIiSPAs in the Nordics is to promote the exchange of expertise and experiences between WIiSPAs across the Nordic Region. Since sparsely populated areas often face similar challenges, such a cross-Nordic WIiSPAs network could support the spread of effective solutions – and encourage scale-up. Welcome to learn more and discuss the role of WIiSPAs and how they could collaborate for regional development on 20 June at the webinar launch of our new report, hosted by Nordregio and Nordic Welfare Centre. Webinar programme 20 June, 10:00–11:00 CET, on Zoom 10:00 Welcome to the Webinar, intro to the topic: Åsa Ström Hildestrand, Nordregio, moderator 10:05 Johanna Jokinen, Senior Research Fellow; Nordregio – presents the new report 10:20 Heidi Hodge, PhD candidate, Central Queensland University, Australia – WIiSPA perspectives from Down-Under 10:30 Halldór S. Guðmundsson, Associate Professor in Social Work, Faculty of Social Work, University of Iceland – comments on the report 10:35 Peter Berggren, Medical Doctor focused on health care provision in remote areas of Region Västerbotten, Sweden – comments on the report 10:40 Discussion/Q&A with the audience via Zoom chat function – all speakers 10:55 Bengt Andersson, Senior Advisor Welfare Technology, Nordic Welfare Center – concluding remarks and next steps Read WIiSPA working paper here. About the WIiSPA project The concept of Welfare Institutes in Sparsely Populated Areas (WIiSPA) has been used during the last few years, in close connection to the project Healthcare and Care with Distance-Spanning Solutions (Vård och omsorg på distans, or VOPD). The VOPD project was initiated by the Swedish chairmanship of the Nordic Council of Ministers in 2018. It was led by…

COVID-19 effects on the economy in the Nordics – Nordic Economic Policy Review 2022

The Nordic countries weathered the COVID-19 pandemic relatively well compared to most other high-income countries, both in terms of public health and economic repercussions. Infection and excess mortality rates were comparatively low in the Nordic Region, except in Sweden, where they relied more on recommendations and guidelines than mandatory measures to contain the spread of the virus. The fall in GDP was also comparatively small and short-lived in all of the countries except Iceland, where tourism plays a more prominent role in the economy. This issue of the Nordic Economic Policy Review surveys the economic repercussions of the pandemic and the health and economic policies introduced to minimise its impact in the Nordic countries. Although national policies were broadly similar, they also differed in many respects. Given that some enjoyed greater success than others, comparing different policies and their effects may yield valuable lessons for the future. We welcome you to the launch of the 2022 issue of Nordic Economic Policy Review on 8 June at the Nordic Culture Point in Helsinki. Here you will hear three of the authors present their articles as well as an expert panel.  PROGRAMME 09.00 – 09.55 Coffee 10.00 – 10.05 Minister of Family Affairs and Social Services, Mr Aki Lindén 10.05 – 10.10 Harry Flam, professor emeritus and editor 10.10 – 10.25 Torben Andersen, University of Aarhus 10.25 – 10.40 Lars Hultkrantz, School of Business, Örebro University 10.40 – 10.55 Kristiina Huttunen, Aalto University School of Business Questions after each presentation 11.00 – 11.30 Panel: Joakim Sonnegård, Swedish Corona commission; Seppo Honkapohja, Aalto University School of Business; and Heli Koski, ETLA Moderator: Oskar Nordström Skans, professor and co-editor 11.30 – 12.00 Light lunch Where: Nordic Culture Point, Kaisaniemenkatu 9, Helsinki When: 8 June 2022, 10.00 – 11.30 EEST / 9.00 – 10.30 CEST The event will be live-streamed…

Join Nordregio at Urban Future & H22 sustainable cities expo in Helsingborg

In June, Helsingborg is the hot spot of urban brilliance and sustainability. Several events gather a wide range of global and Nordic city planners and practitioners to Helsingborg to take part in the H22 Expo, UN-ECE cities dialogue meeting, and the Urban Future conference 2022 (UF22). Nordregio is co-hosting two Agenda 2030 events and an all-day booth at the conference venue from 1-2 June. We would like to invite all our stakeholders to join the Urban Future conference at a special price, see more below! And join the UN-ECE dialogue meeting for free. 1 June @ 14:00-15:30 Workshop room HAFI at Clarion Hotel SeaU Workshop: Successfully implementing Agenda 2030: Three Nordic frontrunner cities share their best tips and tools We know the SDGs require local implementation to make a difference for people and planet. But it’s not always easy to translate the goals into local contexts, strategies, and steering tools while engaging citizens and measuring progress. Nordregio has been supporting Nordic peer-to-peer learning on Agenda 2030 since 2018. This workshop features hands-on learning from three Nordic frontrunners: Ville Taajamaa (City of Espoo), Helen Wiklund (City of Helsingborg), Lisbeth Iversen (City of Arendal). This is your opportunity to bug the people behind the cities’ activities with whatever implementation questions you might have. Also, Hannah Wadman will inspire you to join the Nordic City Network! Moderator: Åsa Ström Hildestrand (Nordregio). 1-2 June, Come and meet Nordregio & Nordic City Network Welcome to the lounge area in the expo area of UF22! We would love to talk more about the SDGs and the Nordic Agenda 2030 network. 31 May – 1 June: The H22 +50 Session and Dialogue of Eminent Experts on smart, sustainable, and inclusive cities. Nordregio is honored to moderate two sessions on the 1st of June, during the dialogue meeting organised by UN-ECE. These…

ARENA: Remote work – What does it mean for people, places and planning?

OPEN TG ARENA: Remote work – What does it mean for people, places and planning? 10 May, 14.00-15.30 CET, online (register via link on the side) Nordregio launches a new report about the implications of increased remote work for regional development and planning in cities, regions and rural areas? Nordic experts join the event and give an overview of the urban exodus in Stockholm and remote work patterns in Finland.  PROGRAMME 10 May, 14.00-15.30 CET Part 1: Launching the report Remote work: Effects on Nordic people, places and planning – Nordic knowledge overview by Linda Randall, Senior Research Fellow, Nordregio Followed by commentary remarks from Paula Mikkola, representative of the cross-border committees and the Nordic thematic group for Green and Inclusive Rural Development Part 2: Practical implications – Changes in the mobility patterns in the Nordics Urban exodus in Covid times: Who moves out of the inner city of Stockholm and where do they go?  Louisa Vogiazides, Postdoctoral researcher, Department of Human Geography at the Stockholm University Uncovering multi-locality and remote work patterns in Finland: Where do people actually spend their time? Kati Pitkänen, PhD, docent, Senior researcher, Finnish Environment Institute SYKE Followed by commentary remarks from Nanna Bay Sønderbæk, representative of the Danish Ministry of Interior and housing, and the Nordic thematic group Green and Inclusive Urban Development in the Nordics, Open discussion and you can use the chat function to ask questions!

Selvforsyning af fødevarer i fem nordiske øsamfund

Hvordan kan en øget selvforsyning af fødevarer bidrage til at skabe mere bæredygtige og resiliente fødevaresystemer? Det spørgsmål har Nordregio, Norsk institutt for bioøkonomi (NIBIO) og Búnaðarstovan på Færøerne undersøgt i projektet “Selvforsyning af fødevarer i nordiske øsamfund” i de fem nordiske øsamfund Bornholm, Færøerne, Grønland, Island og Åland. På webinaret vil vi præsentere resultaterne fra projektet som har fokuseret på at udregne selvforsyningsgraden og dækningsgraden for de fem samfund, at beskrive udfordringer og muligheder ved en øget selvforsyningsgrad, fremtage gode eksempler fra hvert øsamfund, og belyse hvilke potentielle konsekvenser for bæredygtigheden af de lokale fødevaresystemer som øget selvforsyning kan have. Siden projektets afslutning har dette spørgsmål fået fornyet relevans og fokus i den offentlige debat som en konsekvens af krigen i Ukraine. Projektet er initieret af småsamfundsgruppen under den nordiske arbejdsgruppe for cirkulær økonomi og udført med finansiering fra Nordisk Ministerråd. Webinaret finder sted torsdag 5. maj fra 10:30-11:30 CET i Zoom og afholdes på skandinavisk. PROGRAM 10.30    Velkommen 10.35    Præsentation af projektets resultater v/ Louise Ormstrup Vestergård, Research Fellow, Nordregio Lars Johan Rustad, Afdelingsleder, Landbruksøkonomisk analyse, NIBIO Tróndur Gilli Leivsson, Direktør, Landbrugsstyrelsen på Færøerne 11.00    Paneldiskussion med udgangspunkt i projektets resultater inkl. tid til spørgsmål             fra deltagerne. Paneldeltagere:  Anna Guðrún Edvardsdóttir, forsker, Hólar Universitet i Island Sue Holmström, Direktør, Ålands Producentförbund Katrine Høst, landskabsforvalter, Bornholms Regionskommune 11.30    Tak for nu Læs publikationen: https://pub.norden.org/temanord2022-528/# Se webinaret (optagelse): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gm_qB4vPbtA  

Webinar: Multilevel governance for green and inclusive urban development in the Nordic Region

Efforts toward socially inclusive and green development have become cornerstones of regional and urban policy throughout the Nordic Region. This is reflected in a wide range of national strategies, frameworks, funding schemes and action plans to promote cross-cutting sustainability objectives, but how are these operationalised at the local level? In this webinar, we bring together national, regional, and local representatives to exchange knowledge about ongoing initiatives, practices, and discuss how multilevel governance cooperation can be enhanced within and across the Nordic countries. When: 20 April, 12.30-14.15 CET Where: Zoom Programme 12:30 – WelcomeIntroduction of the Nordic Cooperation & the Nordic Thematic Group for Green and Inclusive Urban Development.Current projects in the programme will be presented:– National support initiatives– Planning for socially mixed and inclusive neighbourhoodsMats Stjernberg, Johannes Lidmo and Diana N. Huynh, Nordregio 12.45 – Green development in the Nordic countriesThree examples of national-level green initiatives:– Klimasats, Miljødirektoraktet (Norwegian Environment Agency), NO– DK2020, Concito, DK– Klimatklivet, Naturvårdsverket (Swedish Environmental Protection Agency), SE 13:05 – Inclusive development in the Nordic countries  Two examples of national-level initiatives on enhancing social inclusion and sustainability:– Områdesatsningene, Ministry of Local Government and Regional Development, NO– Lähiöohjelma, Ministry of the Environment, FI  13:20 – Q&A 13:35 – Other initiatives for sustainable citiesTwo additional initiatives will present how municipalities work across areas to promote socially inclusive and green development at the local levl– Borgarlína, Transport for the Capital Area, IS– Prosjekt tettstedspakke, Transportøkonomisk institutt (Norwegian Centre for Transport Research), NO  13.50 – Panel discussionKey questions:   – What role does the national level take in supporting sustainable urban development?– What lessons can be drawn from ongoing multilevel cooperation across the Nordic countries?– How can increased Nordic collaboration strengthen vertical and horizontal integration of policies in practice at the local level? The panel will also include representatives from: –  Association of Finnish Municipalities (Kuntaliitto), FI– Vejle municipality…

Webinar: Grasping the diversity among older adults – Active and healthy ageing in the Nordic region

What do we know about the diversity of the Nordic senior population in terms of health, activity and societal participation? New Nordic research shows that older adults are a diverse group and that their possibilities to live an active and healthy life depends on many different background variables. Welcome to join us at Nordregio´s and the Nordic Welfare Centre´s webinar Grasping the diversity among older adults. In this webinar, researchers from Nordregio will present the results of two new studies: Indicators for Active and Healthy Ageing in the Nordic Region. Possibilities and Challenges. Active and Healthy Ageing – heterogenous perspectives and Nordic indicators. The webinar will be held on 6 April 2022, 13.00–14.30 CET on the platform Zoom. Following the presentations, Nordic municipalities, responsible ministries, researchers, and seniors’ organisations have been invited to comment on the findings and discuss the possibilities and challenges for active and healthy ageing in the Nordics. Programme 13:00 – 14:30 CET 12.45 – 13.00   Virtual meeting room opens  13.00 – 13.05  WelcomeModerator Åsa Hildestrand, Head of Communications, NordregioAila Määttä, Project Manager, Nordic Welfare CentreMats Stjernberg, Senior Research Fellow, Nordregio     13.05 – 13.20   Presentation of the report “Indicators for Active and Healthy Ageing in the Nordic Region. Possibilities and Challenges”Alex Cuadrado, Junior Research Fellow, Nordregio  13.20 – 13. 30  Comments and follow-upsSonja Hansen, European Project Officer at the Health and Assisted Living Technology Department in Aarhus municipality, DenmarkKristoffer Lundberg, Deputy Director, Ministry of Health and Social Affairs, Sweden 13.30 – 13.45  Presentation of the report “Active and Healthy Ageing: Heterogenous perspectives and Nordic indicators”Diana Huynh, Research Fellow, Nordregio 13.45 – 13.55  Comments and follow-upsMikaela von Bonsdorff, Associate Professor, University of Jyväskylä, FinlandMarianne Laxén, Gender Equality Expert (retired), Nordic Older People´s Organisation (NOPO) 13.55 – 14.25  Panel discussion and questions from the audiencePanellists:  Finn Kamper-Jørgensen, Danish Council of Elders, DenmarkEmma Matsson, Development Leader, Age-friendly City of Gothenburg, SwedenAina…

State of the Nordic Region 2022

Join the launch events on 23 March, the Nordic Day! Our report State of the Nordic Region 2022 has its point of departure in the Covid-19 pandemic and examines how it has affected demography, labour market and economy in the Nordic countries, cities, and regions. Nordregio and the Nordic Council of Ministers welcome you to join five launch events live or digitally as we tour the Nordics on 23 March – The Nordic Day. Researchers, politicians, experts, and more will join us throughout the day with interesting presentations and discussions: What can we learn from the crisis, and what’s needed now to create the most integrated and sustainable region in the world by 2030? The recordings from events are available here: From crisis to opportunity Closed borders and cross-border labour COVID-19 and the Nordic labour market The pandemic and digitalization Life and death in the Nordic Region Find more information about each event below: OSLO: From crisis to opportunity – Nordic co-operation during and after the COVID-19 pandemic: What now? The COVID-19 crisis was a major challenge for Nordic cooperation. All the Nordic countries adopted an inward-looking, state-centric approach, rather than a collective and coordinated transnational response to the crisis. So where do we go from here? While the pandemic exposed some weaknesses and vulnerabilities in Nordic cooperation, it also serves as a reminder of its advantages. Speakers: Anne Beathe Tvinnereim, Norwegian Minister for Nordic Cooperation, Gustaf Norlén, editor and author, Nordregio, and Rasmus Jungersen Emborg, President of the Nordic Youth Council, Helge Orten, Nordic Council, Vice-Chair of the Norwegian delegation, and Hilde Sandvik (Moderator). When: 9:00–9:45 am (CET). Breakfast is served from 8.30 Where: Litteraturhuset, Oslo More information about the event STOCKHOLM: Closed borders and cross-border labour – How do they co-exist? 458,000 citizens – 1.7% of the Nordic…

The missing multiplier

How to use public procurement for more sustainable municipalities? The third of Nordregio’s three Localising Agenda 2030 webinars took place on 2 March 2022, watch the recording below! The Nordic countries enjoy high living standards, but also stand out in global rankings as over-consumers of natural resources. To reach Agenda 2030 targets, our production and consumption patterns must change, moving from linear approaches to circular flows. With several billion spent on public procurement each year across the Nordic region, procurement is a powerful tool to leverage sustainability at a large scale. A recent report from the Nordic Council of Ministers has highlighted public procurement as ‘the missing multiplier’. While identified as an individual target (SDG 12.7), public procurement can impact all SDGs and 82% of the targets. In this webinar, we will learn from some municipalities who changed their procurement processes – and discuss gains and pitfalls along the way towards increased circularity and local produce. Programme13:00 – 14:30 CET 13:00 Welcome greeting  13:05 Setting the scene: How to use public procurement for more sustainable Nordic municipalities? 13:10 Keynote speech #1 Nanna Krog-Meyer, Director of Economy, Gladsaxe municipality, Denmark 13:30 Keynote speech #2 Eveliina Varis, Senior Advisor on Sustainability, Vantaa municipality, Finland 13:50 Panel discussion with keynote speakers and experts, followed by a Q&A with the audience!• Tobias Jobring, National Agency for Public Procurement, Sweden• Salla Koivusalo, KEINO – competence centre for sustainable and innovative public procurement, Finland• Ida Laustsen, Innovative Procurements, Norway 14:25 Final remarks The Localising Agenda 2030 webinars gather local officials and civil society networks across the Nordics that work actively with the SDGs – in leadership, indicator development, and the shift towards sustainable public procurement. The Nordic Council of Ministers funds the series to strengthen collaboration between Nordic municipalities and inspire further learning and action towards the 2030…

Opening Conference of the eMSP NBSR project

Nordregio together with partners from around the Baltic Sea and the North Sea regions are inviting to the opening conference of the project eMSP NBSR – Emerging ecosystem-based Maritime Spatial Planning topics in the North and Baltic Sea regions. The conference, taking place on the 22nd of February online, will introduce participants to the project topics, working methods, and will facilitate stakeholder discussions about their involvement in the upcoming project activities. About the project The eMSP NBSR project aims to enable maritime spatial planners, managing authorities and policymakers from the North and Baltic Sea regions to reflect on current MSP practices, to learn effectively from each other, and to collectively identify problems and solutions. In addition, the European Green Deal and other EU policy incentives fostering inclusive transition and climate neutrality will have an impact on the maritime spatial plans are taken into account in the eMSP NBSR project. The project is built around a Community of Practice (CoP) model, which is based on creating forums for policymakers, practitioners and researchers to discuss important MSP developments in key thematic areas – Ocean governance; Ecosystem-based approach; Sustainable blue economy; Monitoring and evaluation; Data sharing, information and communication technology serving MSP. “The CoP methodology is a potentially important tool for improving the effectiveness of transboundary MSP collaboration processes that can help promote cohesion between countries and across sectors in European sea basins,” – says John Moodie, Senior Research Fellow at Nordregio. Nordregio researchers Andrea Morf, John Moodie, Elin Cedergren and Alex Cuadrado, together with the Finnish Environment Institute SYKE are responsible for co-chairing a scientific advisory board, ensuring coherent knowledge exchange across the five thematic learning strands and reflecting on chosen CoP approach. The opening conference Throughout the opening conference of the eMSP NBSR project, participants will have a chance to learn…

What’s in a Voluntary Local Review?

Developing meaningful indicators to measure local SDG progress The second of Nordregio’s three Localising Agenda 2030 webinars will take place on 16 February 2022, 13:00 – 14:30 CET. WATCH THE RECORDING OF THE WEBINAR! Measuring the progress and impact of local Agenda 2030 efforts remains a challenge for many Nordic municipalities since indicators and data are not always available locally. Nevertheless, many municipalities have established meaningful, localised indicators that correspond with city strategies towards Agenda 2030. There is also growing momentum around Voluntary Local Reviews (VLRs), which we will learn more about in this knowledge-sharing webinar. We are excited to have experienced municipalities offering their best practices on developing and applying indicator sets. The challenges of developing comprehensive methodologies, working across departments, and coordinating with fellow Nordic municipalities to report on common targets is another area that will be addressed during the session. Welcome to join the discussion and share your tools and learnings! Programme13:00 – 14:30 CET 13:00 Welcome greeting  13:05 Setting the scene: Developing meaningful indicators and strengthening the Nordic collaboration. 13:10 Keynote speech #1 Helen Wiklund, Helsingborg, Sweden 13:30 Keynote speech #2 Dr. Ville Taajamaa, SDG Manager, Mayors office, City of Espoo 13:50 Panel discussion with keynote speakers ando Óttar Freyr Gíslason, Icelandic Association of Local Authorities – Samband, Icelando Geir Graff, Asker municipality, Norway followed by a Q&A with the audience! 14:25 Final remarks FIND MORE INFORMATION AND REGISTER FOR THE THIRD WEBINAR! 2 March 2022: The missing multiplier: How to use public procurement for more sustainable municipalities?  The Localising Agenda 2030 webinars gather local officials and civil society networks across the Nordics that work actively with the SDGs – in leadership, indicator development, and the shift towards sustainable public procurement. The Nordic Council of Ministers funds the series to strengthen collaboration between Nordic municipalities and inspire…

Steering towards a sustainable future

How to integrate SDGs and navigate goal conflicts at the local level Watch the recording! Nordic front-runners in SDG achievement usually have two things in common: bold leadership and a steering process encompassing the goals. As one municipality has suggested, integration of the SDGs into the city strategy, financial planning, and practical operations are vital. We are kicking off this new series of Agenda 2030 webinars with a knowledge-sharing session on how to develop leadership, integrate the goals of Agenda 2030 into local planning and budgeting tools, and turn goal conflicts into synergies for a more sustainable future. Welcome to join the discussion and share your tools and learnings! Programme 13:00 – 14:30 CET 13:00 Welcome greeting  13:05 Setting the scene: Why bold leadership is key to the successful implementation of SDGs. 13:10 Keynote speech #1 Mats Johansson, Coordinator, Finspång municipality, SwedenStrategic plan of Finspång municipality, including SDGs, for 2021 – 2023 13:30 Keynote speech #2 Arne Ingebrigtsen, Chief Municipal Officer, Kristiansund, NorwayHandlingsprogram 2022-2025 13:50 Panel discussion with representatives from Nordic municipalities: Ville Taajamaa, Espoo, Finland and Auður Finnbogadóttir, Kópavogsbær, Iceland, and a Q&A with the audience! 14:25 Final remarks REGISTRATION FOR THIS EVENT HAS ENDED! FIND MORE INFORMATION AND REGISTRATION FOR THE UPCOMING WEBINARS! 16 February 2022: What’s in a Voluntary Local Review? Developing meaningful indicators to measure local SDG progress 2 March 2022: The missing multiplier: How to use public procurement for more sustainable Nordic municipalities?  The Localising Agenda 2030 webinars welcome local officials and civil society networks across the Nordics that work actively with the SDGs – in leadership, indicator development, and the shift towards sustainable public procurement. The Nordic Council of Ministers funds the series to strengthen collaboration between Nordic municipalities and inspire further learning and action towards the 2030 goals.  Discover previous webinar series, publications and more of our work with the Agenda…