The Nordic Council of Ministers’ Arctic Co-operation Programme 2018–2021
November 20th, 2017
The Nordic Council of Ministers’ first Arctic co-operation programme was launched in 1996. The programme for 2018–2021 will be the eighth in the series of Arctic Co-operation Programmes.
The Nordic Council of Ministers has worked on Arctic issues in a consistent and dedicated way since the Rovaniemi Process and the establishment of the Arctic Environmental Protection Strategy (AEPS) in the early 1990s, throughout the establishment of the Arctic Council in 1996, to the current Arctic agenda. The future agenda for the Arctic no longer focuses exclusively on the environment and nature protection, but also concerns sustainable development as a whole.
The Arctic is a region in development which needs conscious, systematic and continuous co-operation in order to maintain peace, stability, protection, growth and prosperity. It is also a region where development and conservation must go hand in hand. As a result of this, sustainable development has been central to all eight Arctic co-operation programmes since 1996 and remains central to the programme for 2018–2021.