The Nordic Way at Rio+20

Rio+20 - United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development - will take place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in June 2012. Rio+20 will be an historic opportunity to define pathways to a safer, more equitable, cleaner, greener and more prosperous world for all. Twenty years after the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio, where countries adopted Agenda 21 - a blueprint to rethink economic growth, advance social equity and ensure environmental protection - the UN is again bringing together governments, international institutions and major groups to agree on a range of smart measures that can reduce poverty while promoting decent jobs, clean energy and a more sustainable and fair use of resources.
Rio+20 is a chance to move away from business-as-usual and to act to end poverty, address environmental destruction and build a bridge to the future.

The official discussions will focus on two main themes: How to build a green economy to achieve sustainable development and lift people out of poverty, including support for developing countries that will allow them to find a green path for development; and how to improve international coordination for sustainable development. Thousands of participants from governments, the private sector, NGOs and other stakeholders will gather in Rio at the end of May and beginning of June 2012 for a strong push towards sustainable development. In parallel with and between the official events, there will be numerous side events, exhibitions, presentations, fairs and announcements by a wide range of partners. Governments are expected to adopt clear and focused practical measures for implementing sustainable development, based on the many examples of success we have seen over the last 20 years.
In 2001 the Nordic Council of Ministers adopted the first regional sustainable development strategy in the world. Since then, a sustainabilty approach has been incorporated into all the activities of the NCM. At Rio+20 NCM will offer a perspective of the Nordic Way towards a green, inclusive economy.


New publikation: Cases on sustainable development from the Nordic countries

From the foreword: "Nordic co-operation on sustainable development is based on a global perspective. Global issues are also local issues, and vice versa. In this brochure, we want to share our Nordic experiences and give examples of our work on sustainable development. Our hope is that the brochure will inspire increased regional collaboration on sustainable development, both in the Nordic region and between other regions all over the world" - Alexander Stubb, Minister for Nordic Co-operation, Finland and Rigmor Aasrud, Minister for Nordic Co-operation, Norway.