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Statements from the Nordic Ministers for Foreign Affairs

Statements from the Nordic Ministers for Foreign Affairs' meeting in Elsinore May 5, 2015

The Foreign Ministers from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden issued the following statement on embassy co-operation:

The Nordic Ministers for Foreign Affairs discussed the co-operation of Nordic Embassies and the Nordic co-operation in the world. The Ministers noted that the Foreign Ministries and their representations abroad already work closely together and that much has already been achieved in relation to the implementation of the proposals of the Stoltenberg Report of 2009. We aim at better use of resources, synergies and better Nordic visibility. We also welcome the efforts in this regard of the Nordic Council of Ministers.

The Nordic Ministers for Foreign Affairs welcome the good and well-developed co-operation already in place in relation to several co-locations between two or more Nordic states. We are also open to increased co-operation with other states and organisations. Nordic co-locations allow for greater flexibility in the diplomatic presence, better use of resources and increased depth in the co-operation. We aim to establish clear principles for the further development of the co-operation. We would like to see more Nordic co-locations, and we look positively at continuing the work to clarify the conditions for Nordic Cultural and Commercial Houses.

The Nordic Foreign Ministers agree that the Nordic representations around the world shall aim to share their reports and submit each other’s reports to the Foreign Ministries more systematically. Sharing will still take place only when it is possible with due regard to security and the confidentiality of information, and this assessment will continue to be made locally at the representations.

Use of Ambassadors
We all have limited resources, but together the Nordic states reach out far. In addition to, and without altering, the formal diplomatic system of side accreditations, we wish to look at the possibility of increasing our use of each other’s embassies in limited cases of well-defined character – ad hoc upon request from a Nordic Foreign Ministry not represented at the given location, and when this is deemed possible and appropriate, in the assessment of the Ambassador requested.

Mutual representation in the area of visa and residence
Within the framework of the European visa co-operation, close co-operation already takes place in the area of visa. Some countries also co-operate in the area of residence permits. A number of so-called Representation Agreements have already been adopted, and the Nordic countries are thus creating tangible results of Nordic co-operation. We will continue to develop this co-operation, and adjust it in accordance with the increased use of external service providers.



The Foreign Ministers from Denmark, Iceland, Norway, Finland and Sweden issued the following statement on climate change and climate finance:

With seven months to COP21 in Paris we face a challenging task to secure an ambitious outcome. During our meeting in Helsingør, Denmark, we reiterated our commitment to reach an ambitious result in Paris and discussed possible supportive initiatives within our climate diplomacy, in particular outreach to and dialogue with developing countries.

We underlined that climate finance will be an important part of the COP 21 negotiations. Climate finance is seen as a means to support the transformation of pathways to low-emission and climate resilient economies. The provision of climate finance is not a goal in itself.

Public climate finance will continue to play an important role after 2020. However, public climate finance alone will not get us on track for staying below 2°C nor will it bring about the needed transformation and investment patterns. Therefore, public finance should be used to leverage private climate finance at scale.
In the Nordic countries we have experiences in developing innovative financing models that mobilize private sector investments in climate relevant projects. We will bring these experiences into the ongoing operationalization of the Green Climate Fund’s Private Sector Facility. The Green Climate Fund is a key global mechanism to support developing countries in climate financing.