The impacts from climate change are not isolated to a single site, city, country, or region of the world. We are experiencing these impacts today and will continue to for the foreseeable future. How we approach these challenges will define our success, both individually and as a whole.
In the Nordics, we have focused on public-private partnerships, pragmatic and incremental approaches to problem-solving, and developing a business case for positive change.
Nordic City Solutions is here to connect the Nordic business case for sustainable urban development with North American partners interested in finding shared value in local North American markets. We work with North American governments, cities, private developers, NGO’s and local businesses to connect Nordic experts to.
Nordic City Solutions will facilitate collaboration between Nordic experts and North American partners to help tackle climate change challenges in US and Canadian development projects.
This project is financed by Nordic Innovation through the Nordic Sustainable Cities project, which is a flagship project under the Nordic prime ministers' initiative Nordic Solutions to Global Challenges.
No nations have come so far in providing that decoupling ecological degradation and climate change from economic growth is possible, yet still have good living conditions in advanced societies.
THE NORDIC COUNTRIES
11th LARGEST ECONOMY IN THE WORLD
The Nordic region is the 11th largest economy consisting of 26 million people living in five countries; Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland and Iceland.
The region tops many international rankings e.g. when it comes to transparency, trust, the environment, gender equality and happiness. It also has one of the most highly educated populations in the world which brings many innovative solutions.
WHY THE NORDICS WORK TOGETHER
The Nordics work together because we share common perspectives such as trust in each other and in leaders, compassion, tolerance, and conviction about the equal value of all people. All countries also have a focus in sustainable management of the environment and possess new ways of thinking prioritizing innovations.
TOP SCORES ON ENVIRONMENTAL PERFORMANCE INDEX
Since 2000, the Nordic economies have grown by 28% - at the same time total CO2 emissions have been reduced by 18%.The Nordic countries are also at the top of the Environmental Performance Index where four out of our five countries are among the four highest ranking.
We know that the creation of a sustainable society will always be a complex process. There is no single solutions but rather thousands of small steps that need to be taken.