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Sustainable Development Action - the Nordic Way

Implementation of the Global 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in Nordic Cooperation

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The 2030 Agenda, adopted by the UN General Assembly in September 2015, outlines an ambitious and universal plan of action for people, planet and prosperity as it seeks to strengthen universal peace and freedom. This report presents national and Nordic action on Agenda 2030 with the aim to inform and support the Nordic Council of Ministers in formulating a new Nordic Sustainable Development Programme. All Nordic countries are engaged and strongly committed to implementing Agenda 2030 and there is a broad societal interest in joint Nordic action. The existing Nordic Strategy for Sustainable Development and several other key initiatives within Nordic cooperation already contribute to the goals of Agenda 2030. A new Nordic Sustainable Development Programme can build upon a strong foundation and add further value to the national and international work done by the Nordic countries.

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Priorities, themes and topics suggested for the new programme

All Committees of Senior Officials under the Nordic Council of Ministers have during August–November 2016 discussed the SDGs and their priorities for a new programme. All committees have communicated positive interest in a new programme in response to Agenda 2030. Some committees have also suggested specific priorities for the programme, while others have made reference to existing priorities of SDG relevance in their working programmes. Some committees are still in process with formulating priorities. All suggested priorities and activities will be forwarded to the Nordic Expert Group on Sustainable Development for due consideration, by the end of 2016.

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