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The Nordic way to peace

The Nordic way to peace

Does a tiny cluster of islands on the border between Sweden and Finland hold the key to...
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Play for a green world?

Play for a green world?

Can we game our way to a sustainable future? There are now more than 2.6 billion active...
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A green forest of selfies

A green forest of selfies?

Can we store data in plants? Sending an email, streaming a video, uploading photos to the...
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Exercise your democratic muscle

Exercise your democratic muscle

Governments around the world are exploring ways of getting citizens more involved in...
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Game changing protein

Game-changing protein

What do you throw on the grill when you are having friends over for a barbeque but still...
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Is doing good good business

Is doing good good business?

Is saving the planet good for business? Consumers are increasingly demanding that...
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will corona make us greener

Will corona make us greener?

Can the corona crisis push us towards a more sustainable life – even after travel bans are...
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Putting sound to global challenges

‘Nordic Talks’ is a series of talks and podcasts addressing the biggest global challenges. 

Through conversations with some of the brightest minds in the Nordics and their counterparts from around the world we want to provide a space for contemplation and to share inspiration on how to take action on sustainability issues in our everyday lives. All Nordic Talks are dedicated to addressing the UN's Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) challenges.

NORDIC TALKS is brought to you by The Nordics, a project under The Nordic Council of Ministers.


Thinkers and doers from around the world who are concerned about the planet we all share.

Arzu Abdullayeva

Arzu Abdullayeva (Azerbaijan)

Arzu Abdullayeva chairs the Azerbaijan National Committee of the Helsinki Citizens' Assembly, a civil society organization working to promote human rights and peace. Arzu has spent nearly 30 years of her life as a peace activist, working to reconcile Armenia and Azerbaijan in their long-running conflict over the region of Nagorno-Karabakh. She has helped pioneer peacebuilding efforts in the Karabakh conflict and her work has been recognized several times, including in 1992, when she and her Armenian colleague, Anahit Bayandour, received the Olof Palme Prize for their efforts to facilitate prisoner-of-war exchanges and promote dialogue during one of the most intense phases of the conflict.

Sia Spiliopoulou Åkermark

Sia Spiliopoulou Åkermark (Finland)

Sia Spiliopoulou Åkermark is the director of the Åland Islands Peace Institute. She is an associate professor of Sweden's Uppsala University and holds a PhD in international law. Sia has worked in academia, intergovernmental organizations and civil society, both in the Nordic countries and internationally. Her interests and expertise are in law and politics, focusing on the role of law in achieving sustainable peace, human rights, identity and pluralism, minorities, and territorial power-sharing. Unexpected encounters are what inspire her most.

Elçin Aktoprak

Elçin Aktoprak (Turkey)

Dr Elçin Aktoprak was an assistant professor at Ankara University's Department of International Relations until she, along with hundreds of other academics, was dismissed by a 2017 government decree for signing a peace petition that called for an end to military operations in the country's largely Kurdish south-east. She recently became the coordinator of an EU-funded project called the School of Human Rights, which offers online workshops to Turkish academics and students working on human rights. Her research interests are nationalism, minority issues in Europe, the Kurdish question, conflict resolution, and peace studies.


Susan Liscouët-Hanke (Germany)

Susan Liscouët-Hanke is Associate Professor in Aerospace Design Engineering at Concordia University in Montreal, Canada. After completing her master’s degree in engineering, she pursued a PhD while working at Airbus in the field of more electrical aircraft design. Her research aims to develop conceptual design methods for more electrical and unconventional aircraft, enabling sustainable aviation.


Dag Falk-Petersen (Norway)

Former fighter pilot Dag Falk-Petersen is the CEO of Avinor, the state-owned company operating Norway's airports. Avinor is actively working to reduce the aviation industry's greenhouse gas emissions and to develop commercial electric aircraft. As the company's CEO, Dag wants to position Avinor as a driving force for environmental work in aviation. He was piloting the company's first electric aircraft when it crashed in 2019.

Tom Hall

Tom Hall (UK)

Tom Hall is best known for his work for Lonely Planet as an expert on travel and tourism, and has spent the past few months writing and speaking on how travel and tourism can navigate the post-COVID world. He is a regular commentator for national and international broadcasters giving advice and context on issues affecting tourism, from volcanic eruptions to economic crises.




All Nordic Talks are dedicated to addressing the SDG challenges. We want to inspire each other to act – for a better, more sustainable future.

In August 2019 The Nordic Council of Ministers set the ambitious goal for the Nordic Region to become the most sustainable and integrated region in the world by 2030. Read the council's 'Vision 2030' here.