The City of Umeå, together with the Nordic Council of Ministers, the Swedish Ministry of the Environment, and the Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions arranged a Nordic conference called "The Art of Co-Creation" in Umeå, Sweden on 17-19 September, 2013. It was the Nordic Council of Ministers' 5th conference on sustainable development.
Approx. 300 participants the Nordic countries and Europe attended the conference, which took place at Folkets Hus in Umeå. The conference was mainly aimed at of officials and politicians in the public sector who are involved or interested in sustainable development, with added interest in one of the five thematic areas addressed.
The conference was aimed at reinforcing and developing local and regional efforts towards sustainable development in the Nordic countries.