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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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National implementation of the agenda 2030 goals: An overview

Agenda 2030 signals a shift to a more universal understanding of joint global challenges. This shift is echoed in the Paris Agreement reached at COP21 in December 2015 which recognises the need for all nations and all actors (including private, public and civil society actors) to jointly address the climate challenge. Several challenges however remain, in practice, to be tackled when working towards these universal goals. For example, the universality of Agenda 2030 is not always fully appreciated, with the result that it is seen as a successor to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and relevant to developing countries and development assistance programmes only. This despite the fact that the universal applicability of Agenda 2030 is clearly spelled out in UN Resolution adopting the goals.

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