35 episodes

Looking for inspiration about what you do to tackle the biggest challenges facing the world today? Nordic Talks brings together thinkers and doers from around the world in curious conversations, offering fresh perspectives on how we can act for a better, more sustainable future. Each episode features the highlights of an independently organized live Nordic Talk offering insight and inspiration on how to achieve the UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Nordic Talks is brought to you by the Nordic Council of Ministers.

Nordic Talks The Nordics

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Looking for inspiration about what you do to tackle the biggest challenges facing the world today? Nordic Talks brings together thinkers and doers from around the world in curious conversations, offering fresh perspectives on how we can act for a better, more sustainable future. Each episode features the highlights of an independently organized live Nordic Talk offering insight and inspiration on how to achieve the UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Nordic Talks is brought to you by the Nordic Council of Ministers.

    Saving the Arctic

    Saving the Arctic

    The ice is melting, the flora and fauna are changing, and people's ways of life are at risk. In the Arctic's, inhabitants have first-hand experience of the consequences of climate change.

    This is one of the reasons why the Nordic countries have stepped up to the plate to address the climate crisis and why they are working hard to persuade other countries with interests in the region to do the same. But it's not all plain sailing – in the Arctic financial and geopolitical interests often get in the way of taking significant action.

    In this episode, we take an in-depth look at the ongoing struggle to save the Arctic before it's too late.

    • 32 min
    The rural way

    The rural way

    When COVID-19 hit with its lockdowns and foreign travel restrictions, did you suddenly feel drawn to life somewhere more remote? If so, you weren't alone. Rural areas around the world suddenly found themselves overwhelmed with visitors, and in some cases, this influx even overpowered the infrastructure.

    But on the other side, as people got more open-minded about rural living, they also became more aware of the potential mental and physical health benefits, as well as the opportunities for more sustainable lifestyles.

    In this episode, we hear how rural communities in the Nordics and around the world turned the COVID-19 crisis into an opportunity and we investigate how we can develop thriving, but still sustainable rural areas over the coming decades.

    This episode comes from an online Nordic Talks event organized by the University of Limerick in Ireland, Nordregio in Sweden, and CoDel in the United Kingdom.

    • 24 min
    Reinventing trust

    Reinventing trust

    The world is suffering from a second worrying pandemic – not COVID-19, but a major outbreak of distrust: Accusations of fake news and lies, general disregard for the facts, and freely circulating conspiracy theories. All this doubt makes it difficult to implement policies for the common good needed, for example, in the fight against COVID-19. Here the Nordic countries are faring better than most, something experts put down to the high levels of trust found in Nordic societies.

    In this episode, we look at how the Nordics managed to build up this social trust and we investigate what's needed for countries to break and reverse the vicious circle of distrust and denial.

    • 30 min
    Growing liveable cities in Africa

    Growing liveable cities in Africa

    Africa's total population is expected to almost double to nearly 2.5 billion by 2050, where roughly half will be living in urban areas. Urbanization is at the heart of development on the African continent, where currently 17 of the world's 20 fastest-growing cities are located. While urbanization comes with many challenges, it also offers great opportunities. If planners can adopt people-centered and climate-proof approaches now, they can create green, liveable cities for years to come.

    In this episode, we find out how Nordic city planning models have sparked ideas for green urban planning in Africa, Asia and Latin America. And we look at how these models can support economic growth, youth employment, services, and liveable neighborhoods, while also ensuring sustainable development.

    This episode comes from a Nordic Talks live event, held at COP26, organized by the Nordic Development Fund in close cooperation with the African Development Bank.

    • 23 min
    The green pension pot

    The green pension pot

    Did you know that your pension can be a powerful weapon in the fight against climate change? However small your pension pot, when pooled together with the savings of hundreds of thousands of other people, it can have a major impact. And the impact is growing as large amounts of money from both private and public funds are increasingly invested in green and sustainable companies.

    Investors from the Nordic countries were some of the first to start thinking about sustainability and are still among the frontrunners in the current boom.

    In this episode, we look at the burgeoning sustainable investment sector and find out just how big an impact it can have on our future.

    • 32 min
    Let’s talk about sex

    Let’s talk about sex

    A woman’s right to decide over her own body is a cornerstone of gender equality and sustainable development but remains a battlefield across the globe. Even discussing issues related to sex and reproductive health is often taboo. What will it take to get to a point where all women have control of their own lives and bodies?

    In this episode, we hear from activists, ministers, and global organizations who discuss what actions need to be taken. They underscore why it is crucial to start talking about sex, freedom and bodily autonomy to achieve the sustainable future we are aiming for.

    This episode comes from an online Nordic Talks event hosted by the Mind Your Business sustainable business consultancy in cooperation with UN Women.

    • 29 min

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