The Generation 2030 programme is designed to enhance and speed up the implementation of the 2030 Agenda within official Nordic co-operation.

Implemented in

  • Europe and Central Asia

Sectors of activity
Consumer Goods, Education, Energy, Scientific Research, Development and Innovation

Type of initiative
Policy Frameworks & Tools

Type of lead actor
Government / public sector

Start date
05/09/2017

Objectives

With Generation 2030, the Nordic countries place special emphasis on the common challenges they face with regard to their achieving the 17 SDGs. In the period up to 2020, this emphasis is on sustainable consumption and production. Sustainable consumption and production is largely a transversal theme in Agenda 2030 and is cited in the report Bumps on the road to 2030 as an area which bears heavily on the agenda’s other objectives, as well as an area in which the Nordic Region has furthest to come.

The programme has been developed based on the study Sustainable Development Action – the Nordic Way (2017) and on discussions with a wide range of Nordic stakeholders from civil society, the private sector, and youth organisations. The study points to the huge potential for Nordic co-operation in relation to the agenda and confirms that there are already many links between the Nordic Council of Ministers’ current activities, the sustainability strategy “A Good Life in a Sustainable Nordic Region”, and Agenda 2030.

Activities

1. The Nordic Council of Ministers is, through the “Generation 2030” program, preparing a Nordic side-event at HLPF in June in New York. The theme is “Youth, Climate and Democracy”

2. The Nordic Council of Ministers is, through the “Generation 2030” program, working continuously to mobilize more political action for SDG 12 action within Nordic collaboration, and also nationally.

3. A workshop in June 2019, gathering a group of Nordic SCP policy-makers, to identify gaps and future potential for accelerating SCP action.

Impact and Results

Generation 2030 emphasises the involvement of children and young people as agents of change – now and in the future. The programme has three main objectives: It must: ensure that the work of the Nordic Council of Ministers contributes to the implementation of Agenda 2030 by way of political focus and relevant projects; contribute to involvement in and knowledge sharing related to Agenda 2030 in the Nordic Region; and improve the visibility of the Nordic Council of Ministers’ work in the Nordic Region and internationally.

The aim is thus not to co-ordinate the national implementation of the SDGs, but to contribute to their realisation by way of relevant analyses, knowledge sharing and debate, the development of methodologies, and the involvement of Nordic civil society organisations, the private sector, Nordic research networks, and youth organisations in Agenda 2030 efforts in the Nordic Region.