Environment Science Technology and Health Office
Nordic/Baltic Regional ESTH Office Overview
The Nordic/Baltic ESTH Regional Hub office is the United States' point of contact for regional environment, science, technology and health (ESTH) issues for the Nordic/Baltic region.
The office acts as a liaison between governments, international organizations, the private sector, research institutions and non-governmental organizations on these issues. Additionally, the Regional Hub Officer coordinates programs of regional interest. The Hub region involves the eleven U.S. missions in Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Sweden, Russia, Poland and Germany.
In 1996, former U.S. Secretary of State Warren Christopher responded to growing concerns about trans-boundary environmental concerns with the creation of U.S. regional environmental offices in key regions around the world. These "Hubs" were designed to complement the activities of U.S. diplomatic missions by concentrating on trans-boundary issues of regional and global significance. The Hubs are part of the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs (OES). The Hub office was established in 1998 under this initiative.
The office, located at the U. S. Embassy in Copenhagen, is the United States' point of regional contact for ESTH issues. The office has an ESTH Officer, a Science specialist and an intern. The Nordic/Baltic office is one of 12 Hubs around the world. The other Hubs are located in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; Amman, Jordan; Bangkok, Thailand; Brasilia, Brazil; Budapest, Hungary; Gaborone, Botswana; Kathmandu, Nepal; Libreville, Gabon; San Jose, Costa Rica; Suva, Fiji and Tashkent, Uzbekistan.
Diverse regional issues include renewable/clean energy, Arctic health, technology commercialization, climate finance and sustainability. While the Office is located in Copenhagen, the scope of interest is broader than just Denmark. Trans-boundary solutions are necessary to address regional and global environmental and health challenges. Therefore, the Nordic/Baltic Office addresses those challenges by partnering with governments and NGOs to build awareness, share knowledge and increase cooperation in the region. Our focus area is the Nordic/Baltic region and our close work with researchers, scientists, specialists, representatives from the private sector and policy makers from the United Stated and various countries in the Nordic/Baltic region, helps us to fulfill the role of liaison and complement the activities of the U.S. diplomatic missions.
ESTH Monthly updates
Every month, the ESTH office sends out a Storify link with the most important news on ESTH issues in the Nordic/Baltic region. The archive below gives also access to our former E-letters.
US Chairmanship of the Arctic Council
The Arctic Council is a high-level intergovernmental forum that addresses primarily environmental protection and sustainable development issues in the Arctic region. The United States participates in the Arctic Council under the leadership of the Department of State and has the honor of taking up the Council’s 2015-2017 chairmanship. As the United States is committed to working with its partners in the Arctic Council, the goal is to advance our shared objectives. Read more about the Arctic Council and more on the role of the United States in the Council.
On August 3, 2015, President Obama presented a new ambitious America’s Clean Power Plan taking the U.S. efforts to combat climate change further towards the goal of sustainable living.
Read the plan here: America’s Clean Power Plan.
Follow the #ActOnClimate hashtag on twitter here.
This summer, the Nordic-Baltic ESTH hub joined Ambassador Gifford for a visit to the Summit Arctic research station in Greenland to meet with the scientific community and check in on Joint Committee projects.
The LAUNCH Nordic Summit in Copenhagen united global industry leaders and regional innovators to identify and scale sustainable innovations in materials.
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