West Nordic Council
The West Nordic Council is a parliamentary co-operation between Iceland, Greenland and the Faroe Islands. The Council was founded in 1985 in recognition of the many common interests the three countries share in the region and is one of the oldest ongoing pan-Arctic cooperation mechanisms in the world. Focus areas have included sustainable development, environmental affairs, natural resources, search and rescue, climate change, culture, education, youth and last but not least, Arctic affairs.
The West Nordic Council´s main objectives are to promote the common interests of the West Nordics, preserve the natural resources and culture of the North Atlantic, and strengthen cooperation between the West Nordic governments. The Council achieves its objectives by adopting resolutions submitted directly to the three national parliaments for approval and subsequent implementation by the appropriate ministers in the governments of the three countries.