– How do the Nordic countries, separately and jointly, relate to peace?
– If the Nordic region wants to be and be regarded as a region of peace, what efforts can be done to promote such development?
– How can the Nordic experiences contribute to peaceful developments societies around the world?
These are some of the questions raised at public seminars and in opinion pieces in all the Nordic countries within the project “The Nordic Region Regarded from a Peace Perspective”, in short “Norden for peace?”.
The project, which takes place between autumn 2013 and spring 2016, brings together six organizations in the Nordic countries. The network includes the lead partner the Åland Islands Peace Institute as well as the Peace Union of Finland, the Norwegian Peace Council, Peace Alliance Denmark, The Norden Association Sweden and the Institute of International Affairs at the University of Iceland.
The network partners want to create a broad and inclusive discussion on approaches to peace in the Nordic countries separately and within the Nordic co-operation, including in relation to the ongoing densification of security and defence cooperation between the Nordic countries.
The project is funded by the Nord plus adult programme.
Project Manager Susann Simolin
Information Officer at the ÅIPI
Reflections on peace in Swedish/Nordic magazine
The first edition 2016 of the Norden Association Sweden’s magazine “Nordens tidning” has the theme of peace, and a large part of the content has been written by the partner organizations in the project “Norden for peace?”. The project is headed by the Åland Islands Peace Institute and the Norden Association Sweden is one of the partner organizations in the project, which is funded by the Nordic Council of Ministers’ program Nordplus Adult.
The magazine “Nordens tidning” has a circulation of 13,000 copies and reaches members of the association in Sweden as well as some hundred subscribers in the Nordic region. The magazine is available for downloading on the Norden Association Sweden’s website.
Nordic seminar on the Arctic held in Oslo
On 15-16 April 2015 the project and network ”Norden for peace?” held a seminar in Oslo. The seminar discussed how the Nordic countries and other actors can promote alternatives to militarization in the Arctic.
Seminar on security in the Arctic, Norway, 15-16.4.2015
Seminar on practical methods for peace work held on Iceland
On 10 October 2014 the project and network Norden for peace? hosted a seminar on Iceland. Four speakers from the Nordic countries shared their knowledge on methods for peace work.
Seminar on methods for peace work, Iceland, 10.10.2014
Nordic Peace Forum on Åland
On 28 March 2014, the first Kastelholm talks were arranged, i.e. discussions about peace under the auspices of President Halonen, at the Kastelholm Castle on Åland. The Panel of the first talk consisted of Mr. Erkki Tuomioja, the Foreign Minister of Finland, Ms. Britt Bohlin, the Director of the Nordic Council, Mr. Hans Wallmark, Swedish Member of Parliament and Vice-President of the Nordic Council as well as Ms. Aud Lise Norheim, Director General at the Department for UN, Peace and Humanitarian Affairs at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Norway.
Right after the Kastelholm talks an open peace forum was held at nearby Smakbyn with civil society representatives from all the Nordic countries. The speakers represented the organizations participating in the project “Norden for peace?”.
At the open forum the civil society representatives discussed the differences between the Nordic countries and the diversity within the peace movement. This discussion brought forward the differences in the self-images of the Nordic countries in relation to militarism and peace and trends within the Nordic countries that might not be considered as particularly peaceful.
President Tarja Halonen, moderator Susann Simolin (the Åland Islands Peace Institute), Birger Norup (GAMIP/Peace Alliance Denmark), Fredrik Harstad (the Norden Association Sweden), Silja Bára Ómarsdóttir (the Institute of International Affairs at the University of Iceland), Hedda B. Langemyr (the Norwegian Peace Council) and Tarja Cronberg (Peace Union of Finland).
Participation in open meeting on Danish foreign and security policy, arranged by fredsministerium.dk.