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Nordic Arctic Cooperation Programme 2018-2021: Open Call

The Arctic Cooperation Programme of the Nordic Council of Ministers has opened up its call for project applications for financial support in 2018 to new project proposals. Deadline for sending in proposals is 1 March 2018.

Photo: Anders Stenbakken: Tasiilaq/Ragnar Th. Sigurðsson: Siglufjörður

The Arctic co-operation programme contributes to the Nordic Council of Ministers’ vision of an “innovative, borderless, visible and outward-looking Nordic Region”. It must also give substance to the Nordic Council of Ministers’ other inter-sectoral strategies, which are based on Nordic positions of strength and areas in which the work of the Nordic Council of Ministers carries weight, both within the Nordic Region and globally, and can generate added value. The work of the Nordic Council of Ministers, including the Arctic Cooperation Programme, has its roots in Nordic rights-based, legal and historical traditions of democracy and inclusion.

It is central to the Nordic Council of Ministers’ Arctic Cooperation Programme 2018–2021 that specific needs of the Arctic will be accommodated and that the programme will contribute to the region’s sustainable development. In this context, the Agenda 2030 and the 17 global sustainable development goals adopted by the UN General Assembly in 2015 play a significant role.

The purpose of the Nordic Council of Ministers’ Arctic Co-operation Programme 2018–2021 is to create sustainable and constructive development in the Arctic and for its people based on the five P’s: planet, peoples, prosperity, peace and partnerships. Traditionally, the Council of Ministers has prioritised the partnership perspective and worked to integrate it horizontally into the programme. This will continue to be a priority.

The submitted application has to be sent electronically as attached document to the e-mail address Please be aware that you receive an email confirming receipt of the email (within the first day after you have submitted the application). Email address can be found on the cover page of the application form . Please note that the application must be accompanied by a signature. If the application is sent electronically, the page with the applicant's signature should be scanned and attached to the application or submitted by fax. mail. Postal address can be found on the cover page of the application form.

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The Nordic Arctic Cooperation Programme

We are currently looking for an intern to to assist us with administering the first round of project applications in the Artic Cooperation Programme 2018-21. Read more here and apply!

The objectives of the Nordic Council of Ministers’ Arctic Co-operation Programme 2018–2021

In its general work on sustainability, the Nordic Council of Ministers pursues Agenda 2030, its 17 sustainable development goals and the 169 targets, all of which are relevant from a general Nordic perspective. However, not all of the sustainable development goals (SDGs) can be achieved under the Arctic Co-operation Programme 2018–2021. The priorities outlined below reflect the SDGs on which the Nordic Council of Ministers will focus.

The priorities in the Arctic Co-operation Programme are based on development work in relation to the planet, peoples and prosperity. Particular attention will be paid to implementing this work in partnership.

More details on Priorities and Criteria for the programme 2018-2021 can be assessed at Nordic Council of Ministers website - Arctic Programme.


Anna Karlsdóttir

Senior Research Fellow