Sideevents tuesday 14. may

  • Civil society and NGOs. Are There Any Solutions We Are Missing, and Where Are the Good Partnerships? [interactive side event]

Spoken language: Danish – no interpretation.
Location: Lille sal

Many of the solutions of the future will be found in collaborations and partnerships. These may have to be found in new places if we as a country and society are to achieve our ambitions for Greenland’s development, especially within the sustainability agenda, where the UN’s 17th Sustainable Development Goal is a means to work with the remaining 16 Sustainable Development Goals. At this side event, we take a slightly unconventional approach to focus on how civil society and NGOs can collaborate with the business community and at a political level on common goals and interests.

Side event moderated by: Inaluk Brandt & Michael Binzer, Visiobox Consulting ApS. 
Panel participants: Anja Hynne, Tilioq, Johanne L. Knudsen Nanu Børn, Jonas Jensen, GIF

  • Without Funding, No Development. What Does it Mean to Attract Investments?

Spoken language: English – interpretation to Greenlandic.
Location: Hans Lynge salen

If we want the “pie to grow bigger” or, to put it another way, if we want more business with more players, we need funding. However, access to investment and financing is closely linked to a society’s framework conditions. Is it stable? Does the legislation support investment? How does society work with sustainable development? What about climate goals? At this side event, we will focus on the attractiveness and potential of a society that focuses on being an investment-friendly country and how foreign financing can help realize some of society’s goals, including the welfare society, the green transition, and the sustainability agenda.

The side event is moderated by Director Mads Qvist Frederiksen from the Arctic Economic Council
Panel participants: Pernille Lohmann, CEO of DLR Kredit A/S, Troels Ranis, Senior VicePresident, Danish Industry, Aviaaja Knudsen, CEO NunaGreen, Rikardur Rikardsson, EVP of Business Development and Innovation at Landsvirkjun, the National Power Co. of Iceland, Corinne Sandberg, Project Director, EDF

  • A Sustainable Society Has a Strong Press, Naturally!

Spoken language: Danish – no interpretation.
Location: Hotel Hans Egede, room 57/58

The press is also called the fourth estate. However, we live in a time when democracies are under pressure in many parts of the world. Social media provides opinions and input but is not necessarily free of vested interests or subject to an ethical or critical approach. What about the role of the press; can it even be said that the press and media have a role in the sustainability of society? At this side event, we will explore this role and create a dialogue about what the role of the press looked like before, now, and in the future, and how this can contribute to realizing some of the global goals and trends currently occupying large parts of society.

Side event moderated by: Martin Breum, Journalist
Panel participants: Annga Lynge, KNR, Masana Egede, Sermitisiaq, Jens Ringberg DR, Nina Einem, NRK

Sideevents wednesday 15. may

  • Will your husband be joining the meeting?

Spoken language: Danish – no interpretation.
Location: Vensskabssalen
OBS Fully booked.

The question “will your husband be joining the meeting?” might be appropriate if you’re invited to a couple’s dinner and arrive alone, but what if you’re a businesswoman meeting with your bank to secure credit for your start-up business? Or at the lawyer’s office to sign the merger agreement for an exciting business deal, you’re about to enter? Here, the question is not relevant or appropriate, but it is just one of several questions that women entrepreneurs and business owners have experienced. Why is this the case, and is there a correlation between gender, entrepreneurship, career, and access to finance? Together with strong business people from home and abroad, and in a mix of facts, opinions, and dialog, we look into how it is but also how it can be to be a woman in entrepreneurship and business.

Side event moderated by: Jacob Nitter Sørensen, chairman of the Foundation for Entrepreneurship Greenland and CEO of the Foundation for Entrepreneurship Christian Vintergaard.
Panel participants: Britta Keldsen, chairperson of the Gender Equality Council, Krissie Berthelsen, Co-owner and director of Cafe Esmeralda og Pascucci, Louise Lynge Berthelsen, director of  Nuuk Couture and Frederikke Schmidt, Founder and creative director at Roccamore Shoes

  • What Can Research and Defence Achieve under the Defence Agreement?

Spoken language: English – interpretation to Greenlandic.
Location: Lille sal

The Danish defence agreement, which entails investments of DKK 143 billion, is of interest to many. Not least because it is planned that part of this sum will be used in Greenland. This creates some opportunities for the Greenlandic business community, but is there anything we have overlooked in this context? This side event asks the question about the opportunities for research and defence. Are there overlaps, common interests, and potential that can benefit Greenland? And can collaboration strengthen research and thus benefit not only defence but also business and society in general?

Side event moderated by: Joachim Finkielman, Danish Industry
Panel participants: Rasmus Leander Nielsen, Nasiffik – centre for Foreign & Security Policy, Mie S. Winding, Greenland Institute of Natural Resources, Aaja Chemnitz, chairman of Arctic Parliamentarians and a member of the Danish Parliament for Inuit Ataqatigiit

  • Is Politics Only for Politicians? Foreign Policy Is Interested in You!

Spoken language: Danish – interpretation to Greenlandic.
Location: Hans Lynge salen.

Nothing About Us Without Us is a political guiding star these days. But who is “us” in this context? Although politics is often seen as an arena solely for politicians and decision-makers, it is an essential part of any society that affects us all. Whether politics is only for politicians raises discussion about the role of citizens in political processes and the functioning of society. In this panel, the Foreign Policy Association of Greenland will explore this question and examine how citizens can be actively involved in the foreign policy agenda currently unfolding in the Arctic, influencing decision-makers and shaping the future they want to see. Why is engagement in foreign policy important, even for those who don’t consider themselves politicians? And is foreign policy a process that affects us all?

Side event moderated by: Greenland Foreign Policy Society, Malik Hansen.
Panel participants: Michael Binzer, Chair Polar Seafood,  Carolyn Bennet, Canadian Ambassador to Denmark, Jeppe Stransberg, Royal Danish Defence College

  • Inuit Influence on Arctic Marine Governance.

Spoken language: English – no interpretation.
Location: Hotel Hans Egede, lokale 10

Inuit participate in international contexts, such as the Central Arctic Oceans Fisheries Agreement and the International Maritime Organization. At this side event, Inuit Circumpolar Council (ICC) opens the conversation about strengthening influence on the regulation of Arctic waters and how Greenland can expand its influence over the seas surrounding us. In the Arctic lifestyle, nature, and especially the sea around us, play a crucial role. In these years, when globalization is on the political agenda, there is also a focus on how borders and boundaries between the Arctic regions affect the people living in and off the region’s resources.

Side event moderated by: Sara Olsvig, International Chair, Inuit Circumpolar Council (ICC).
Panel participants:  Lisa Koperqualuk, Vice-President, ICC Canada, Vittus Qujaukitsoq, Director, KNAPKAndreas Olsen, Trawler manager, Royal Greenland, Perry Akavak, Project coordinator, Baffin Fisheries, Kalistat Lund, Minister for Agriculture, Self-Sufficiency, Energy and Environment