“We have a lot in common with these cities. Not only our ambitions, but also the mutual challenges that we face can be included in a cooperation that can create better solutions that will useful for the citizens” Says Peter Rathje, who is happy that the youth coordinator, Lykke Farre is participating in representing Sonderborg in the development project:
“It’s the young generation that is to carry on motivate the strategy and therefor the young people have to be included in developing the strategy”.
The project is to create a common Nordic strategy for how the small and medium sized cities can become more attractive and sustainable for both current and future citizens. At the same time the cities’ health, climate, teaching, professional and growth challenges are to be included.
Nordic minister board is setting the course with 17 global goals
The participating cities have been selected on the background on applications and Nordic minister board facilitates projects that support the Nordic sustainability and growth goals, where the UN’s 17 global goals make up the guidelines of the project. This is especially true for the 11th goal that focuses on sustainability in cities and local communities, but all global goals are to come into play.
The cities identify common challenges, but are also to work individually with their own problem. Sonderborg is linked together with the Swedish city, Ystad, the Norwegian city Narvik and Hornafjoerdur in Island. Apart from Sonderborg other participating Danish cities include Middelfart and Viborg.
The Norwegian Prime minister, Erna Solberg, has established the project and it’s the Norwegian government and the Nordic minister board that finance it. The project is supposed to run for 2 years.