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Focus on sustainable development

Nordic indicators 2006

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The purpose of this Nordic set of indicators is to inform the public and political decision makers whether the Nordic countries and selfgoverning areas are heading in the right direction towards sustainable development or not, both in general and in specific areas. The indicators also point out if there is a need to promote the development towards a more sustainable direction. The chosen indicators are monitoring the Nordic implementation of the goals and initiatives for 20052008, as they are set up in the revised Nordic Strategy “Sustainable development New bearings for the Nordic countries”. The set of indicators contains a number of overall keyindicators as well as indicators relevant to the specific sectors or crosscutting areas pointed out in the revised strategy. New areas in the revised strategy are the social dimension as well as sustainable production and consumption. The Nordic Council of Ministers has published Nordic sets of indicators in 2002 and 2003.

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Key indicators

Sustainable development includes three interdependent dimensions: an economic, a social and an ecological dimension. Sustainable development requires establishing a better mutual integration of the three dimensions, a process ultimately defined and delimited by the ecology dimension. Integrating environmental considerations in the individual sectors continues to be a great challenge for the Nordic countries. The Declaration on a Sustainable Nordic Region, which was adopted by the Nordic Prime Ministers on 9 November 1998, therefore focuses on the environment. In addition, the Prime Ministers stress that sustainable development should be integrated into all sectors of society and across sectors.

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