Nordic prime ministers and business leaders signed a joint declaration on Tuesday to promote more public-private partnerships in order to meet the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement and the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals.
The declaration, signed at an annual informal meeting of the seven Nordic prime ministers in Reykjavik, puts the region on a path to become “the most sustainable in the world,” said Iceland‘s prime minister Katrin Jakobsdottir.
The signing comes as the unity of the international community that had allowed the SDGs and Paris Agreement on climate change to be adopted in 2015 has been shattered by political changes in some countries, including the United States.
Business signatories included the CEOs of Equinor, Nokia, Storebrand, Telenor, Telia, Vestas, SAS and Yara.
The leaders were later joined by German Chancellor Angela Merkel for a working lunch on the island of Videy, just off Reykjavik.