Press release from Ministry of Culture

NOD to help coordinate civil society in response to the new coronavirus

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The national body for dialogue and consultation between Government and civil society (NOD), has been tasked with helping coordinate civil society’s initiatives in response to the new coronavirus.

The spread of the new coronavirus has led to many civil society organisations feeling limited in terms of how they operate and how they can support vulnerable groups. NOD’s steering group, including representatives from both civil society and the Government Offices of Sweden, has therefore decided that NOD will make its resources available in helping to manage the impact of the new coronavirus.

This will include NOD helping to coordinate civil society’s efforts and produce a weekly status report detailing civil society’s needs and initiatives. NOD will also provide support in discussions and cooperation between civil society and the Government Offices of Sweden and governmental agencies regarding matters that need to be addressed as a result of the spread of the new coronavirus.

“There is a huge level of commitment across Sweden, and a readiness in challenging times to support people who need it. I’ve met with lots of associations and other parts of civil society in recent weeks, and it’s clear that there’s a strong desire to help in this situation. That’s why it’s important for us to facilitate the work and involvement of civil society. NOD is a shared resource for civil society and the Government, and they are now being tasked with supporting civil society where it’s needed the most,” says Amanda Lind, Minister for Culture and Democracy, with responsibility for sport.

Facts

The national body for dialogue and consultation between Government and civil society (NOD) is a joint structure for dialogue between the Government and civil society at a national level. NOD has a joint steering group with representatives from civil society’s umbrella organisations and the Government Offices of Sweden.

Press contact

Josefin Sasse
Press Secretary to the Minister for Culture and Democracy, with responsibility for sport Amanda Lind
Phone (switchboard) +46 8 405 10 00
Mobile +46 73 077 94 69
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