Chora Connection at COP23

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Chora Connection was present at COP23 – The UN climate summit in Bonn. The purpose was to facilitate a workshop on behalf of a network of Nordic towns, “Attractive Nordic Towns”, led by the Norwegian municipal department under the Nordic Council of Ministers.
Small Towns Solving Big Problems

The purpose of the workshop was to demonstrate how small and medium-sized municipalities in the north are handling climate change and sustainability, and to include the participants in conversations about challenges and solutions.

The participating cities were Hamar and Levanger from Norway and Ystad and Växjö from Sweden. The latter is chosen as European Green Capital in 2018.

The development in sustainability will be an essential driving force, when it comes to solving the societal challenges that the Nordic countries face.

The small and medium-sized municipalities will play a key role in this, as the main part of the population of the Nordics live there. But even though small and medium-sized cities and municipalities are challenged when it comes to urbanization and growth, they have qualities in environment, culture and economics, that can be expanded to develop the sustainability and appeal of these places.

The open and interactive cooperation model of Chora Connection was a great success and inspiration for the international participants and the workshop led to a range of new perspectives, on both challenges and possibilities.

The Nordic Pavilion was a big attraction during COP23, and subjects like bio-economy, resilience in artic areas and sustainable city development, where presented and workshopped.

Useful links::

https://www.regjeringen.no/no/tema/kommuner-og-regioner/by–og-stedsutvikling/attraktivebyer/engelsk-versjon-attractive-nordic-towns-and-regions/id2570494/

http://www.norden.org/COP23

Relevant hashtags:
#nordicsolutions
#attractivetowns

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