NPA Annual Event 2022

Date Location Organiser
9 Nov 2022 Bodø, Norway Joint Secretariat

"YOUTH IN THE NPA" will be the theme of the 2022 NPA Annual Event, which will take place on 9th November 2022 in Bodø, Norway.

YOUTH IN THE NPA, including young people in making remote communities attractive

Following the 2022 European Year of Youth, the NPA Annual event will be focused on young people living in Europe’s Arctic and near-Arctic regions.

The title of the event is YOUTH IN THE NPA, including young people in making remote communities attractive, and it will look how young people can contribute to making remote communities in the NPA region more prosperous and attractive places where the next generations want to live, work, study, invest, and visit.

Speakers and participants from across the NPA are invited to join the event to:

• share how young people experience living in Europe’s northern and peripheral areas,

• how the needs of future generations can be better taken into account,

• how young people are and can be better included in local urban and spatial planning activities related with e.g. large-scale industrial projects in the region.


A detailed programme will be announced in early August. Registration will open in August.



8th November 2022, Rådhus, Bodø

19:00 - 20:00 Evening reception


9th November 2022, Ramsalt Hotel, Bodø 

9:00 - 9:15 Welcome adress

  • Ms Kari Anne Bøkestad Andreassen, Mayor of Nordland County
  • Ms Biliana Sirakova, EU Youth Coordinator, European Commission (participates online)

9:15 - 10:15 Life in Europe´s peripheral areas
Young people share their experience of living in remote areas and vision of prosperous and attractive communities in the future.

  • Mr Nils Ánda Baer, young Saami reindeer herder, Sweden
  • Ms Birita Petersen, Faroese National Union of Students, Faroe Islands
  • other speakers tbc

10:15 - 10:45 Inspiring young people from Arctic and near-Arctic regions
Speakers to tbc

10:45 - 11:15 Coffee break

11:15 - 12:15 The Green Shift, turning climate and environmental challenges into opportunities
Green transition brings new opportunities to remote areas in the Arctic and near-Arctic regions. How can small communities harness the opportunities arising from large-scale industries and build a sustainable future? What do young people have to say about future developments?

Opening remarks:
Ms Kjersti Bjørnstad, State Secretary at Ministry of Local Government and Modernisation, Norway

Panel discussion:

  • Ms Linda Haukeland – County Councilor for Planning and Industry in Nordland County Council, Norway
  • Ms Eimear Manning – Youth & Climate Justice Development Officer, National Youth Council of Ireland
  • other speakers tbc

12:15 - 13:15 Lunch

13:15 - 15:00 Future NPA
Using the Utopian workshop technique, participants will design concrete steps to move from vision to action.

15:00 - 15:30 Coffee break

15:30 - 16:30 Youth-friendly municipalities, from dream to reality
Examples of how municipalities and regions cooperate with young people, and what are the benefits of inclusive decisions-making processes.

  • Mr Vegard Sem – Leader of Trondelag Youth Council, Norway
  • Mr Adam Ulvang – Vefsn Municipality, Norway
  • Ms Maliina Abelsen – Director of UNICEF Greenland
  • other speaker tbc

16:30 - 17:00 Closing remarks


For more information and booking of the hotel, please contact lucia.brhlikova{at}


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