Nordic PMs set for Helsinki climate change mini-summit

Prime Minister Sipilä believes that the Nordic countries can work together and do more, faster, to get to carbon neutral status.

Nordic Climate Meeting, Helsinki 2019 graphic

Prime Ministers from the five Nordic countries will meet in Helsinki on Friday to discuss ways to strengthen joint action on climate change.

The mini-summit is being hosted by Finland’s Prime Minister Juha Sipilä (Centre) and Environment Minister Kimmo Tiilikainen (Centre), and among the goals are getting Sweden, Iceland, Denmark and Norway to boost cooperation on low-carbon solutions and to speed up the timetable for a carbon neutral Nordic region.

“Climate change is one of the greatest challenges facing us. We must do more and we must do it faster. It’s time for Nordic leadership. I strongly believe that we have the political will and the capacity to take the lead” says Sipilä in a video message.

Minister Tiilikainen notes that together, the Nordic region is the world’s 11th largest economy, and can make a big difference on climate change action.

“Our own experience shows that we can improve our economy and welfare of our citizens, at the same time when we are reducing emissions” he says.

During Friday’s mini-summit, Sipilä will also hold separate bilateral talks with the Prime Ministers Katrin Jakobsdottir of Iceland and Erna Solberg of Norway.

The whole event wraps up on Friday afternoon with a press conference in English, and we will be streaming it live on our News Now Finland Facebook page.