Nordic Countries Talk in Oslo about Green Economic Growth

The Conference, with broad international participation, will
be conducted in English, and will build on recent Nordic and international work
on greening the economy and on green economic growth.

The aim of the Conference is to discuss how to deepen and
strengthen efforts to achieve greater resource efficiency and greener economic
growth and development in the Nordic countries, and, in particular, how to
follow-up both the EU2020 Strategy with its Road Map on Resource Efficiency and
the report from the Nordic Prime Ministers’ Task Force on Green Growth.

Experience of the
Nordic countries in greening their economies

The Conference will include presentations from UNEP’s International
Resource Panel, from the European Union, on the Road Map on Resource
Efficiency, and from the OECD, on the role of innovation in OECD’s Green Growth

There will also be presentations based on the Nordic Council
of Ministers’ own work on a Green Economy, including on the experience of the
Nordic countries in greening their economies, on research and innovation
policy, policies for promoting environmental technologies, and on economic
instruments and on green procurement, environmental labeling and voluntary
agreements. Two examples from greening industrial production in the Nordic
countries are also included in the programme.

Representation at
Local and International  Level

The Conference will conclude with a debate among five
panelists and members of the audience, on how to promote environmental
technology, resource efficiency and green economic growth in the Nordic

The Conference will be open for and attended by participants
from Nordic governments, from Nordic committees and working groups on
environment, economics and finance, business and energy, education and
research, from businesses, industry and trade unions, the research community,
embassies in Oslo and representatives from relevant international

The Conference is prepared and arranged, on behalf of the
Nordic Council of Ministers and the Norwegian Minister of Environment and
International Development, Mr. Erik Solheim, by the chair of the Nordic Working
Group on Environment and Economy jointly with the chair of the Nordic Working
Group on Sustainable Consumption and Production, acting for the Committee of
Nordic Senior Officials on Environmental Affairs.   

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