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Putting sound to global challenges

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

Through conversations with some of the brightest minds in the Nordics and from around the world, we want to provide room for contemplation and share inspiration on how to act sustainably in our everyday lives. Each Nordic Talks episode is dedicated to addressing the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

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

Meet the following people in our podcast

In each episode, you’ll hear from thinkers and doers from around the world.

Fred Yang

Fred Yang (China)

Founding director of the Urban-Rural Bridge International Consultancy and Founder and Board Chairman of the Dingjia Rural Community Development Co-op. Fred is a farming advocate working to reduce food waste by helping farmers plan their production and to grow in natural settings without chemicals.

hans bruynincx

Dr. Hans Bruyninckx (Belgium)

Executive Director of the European Environment Agency since 2013. In 1996 he completed a PhD in international environmental politics at Colorado State University and for the past 20 years he has conducted research in more than a dozen countries, in areas including environmental politics, climate change, and sustainable development.

connie hedegaard

Connie Hedegaard (Denmark)

Former European Commissioner for Climate and now member of several boards and councils working with the sustainability agenda across public and private sectors. Connie holds a number of positions, e.g. Chair of the board for Danish green think tank CONCITO, member of the Board of European Climate Foundation, Chair of OECD’s Round Table for Sustainable Development and member of the supervisory boards of Danfoss and Nordex.

ragnhild larsson

Ragnhild Larsson (Sweden)

Climate activist in Extinction Rebellion in Sweden and producer of the podcast Klimatpodden, a Swedish podcast about the climate crises where you meet scientists, activists, entrepreneurs and other people who engage in the climate crisis in different ways. Her motto is: If not now, then when. If not me, then who?

svein berg

Svein Berg (Norway)

Svein Berg is Managing Director of Nordic Innovation, a Nordic Council institution working to make the Nordics a pioneering region for sustainable growth. He was Executive Vice President for 4 years with the overall responsibility for the organization’s activity in more than 30 countries. Svein Berg previously served as the Managing Director of The Norwegian Seafood Council, Director in Aker Seafoods and Executive Vice President in The Norwegian Industrial and Regional Development Fund.

petra wadstrom

Petra Wadström (Sweden)

Petra Wadström is the founder and CEO of Solvatten, a social enterprise that produces a combined portable water treatment and solar water heater system that gives people in developing countries with access to safe and hot water in an affordable, environmentally friendly way. She is a research technician in biochemistry and molecular biology at Karolinska Institute in Sweden as well as a biochemical medical research technician at Biozentrum, the University of Basel in Switzerland. Petra has been the keynote speaker at the Nobel Talks, Water Matters, 2018; the World Forum for Responsible Economy, 2017 and the G7 Future for Girls Forum, 2017.

SDG

Pledge

We want to inspire our listeners to take action for a better, more sustainable future. Each Nordic Talk discusses the actions that we all can take to help reach the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals by 2030.

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.