KANUKOKA is an acronym for "Kalaallit Nunaanni Kommunit Kattuffiat", "The National Greenland Association of Regional Authorities".
KANUKOKA represents the common interests of regional authorities ("municipalities") in Greenland. Regional authorities are comparable to regional governments in US and Canada. The primary aim for KANUKOKA is to develop knowledge transfer between the regional units, and to assist the regional authorities with consultations and negotiations with national entities.
The National Association was founded July 24, 1972 as an effort to strengthen local autonomy and influence the distribution of functions between central government and regional government.
January 1, 2009, a reform in the public sector was initiated with the merger of 18 regional authorities into 4. The reform aims to enhance a higher degree of independence for the regional governments by transfering responsibilities from the Government of Greenland to the 4 regional authorities.
The four regional municipalities are: Kommune Kujalleq, Kommuneqarfik Sermersooq, Qeqqata Kommunia and Qaasuitsup Kommunia.
The fourth municipality Kommuneqarfik Sermersooq resigned as a member of KANUKOKA January 1, 2016, due to disagreements on economic equalization policy between municipalities.
KANUKOKA is a non-governmental organization, financed by membership fees, with following key objectives:
- To act in the common interest of its members
- To strengthen the cooperation between its members
- To represent its members in negotiations with the Government of Greenland
- To hold courses and discussions for staff and politicians
The Board of KANUKOKA is appointed by the regional authorities for a four year period to manage business of the association. Board members after the extraordinary general assembly of delegates January 17, 2016:
Simon Simonsen (president), Kommune Kujalleq (Siumut Party)
Kelly Berthelsen, Kommune Kujalleq (Inuit Ataqatigiit Party)
Edvard Geisler, Qaasuitsup Kommunia (Atassut Party)
Kristian Broberg, Qaasuitsup Kommunia (Siumut Party)
Aqqalu Skifte, Qeqqata Kommunia (Siumut Party)
Jørgen Wæver Johansen, Kommune Kujalleq (Siumut Party)
Hermann Berthelsen, Qeqqata Kommunia (Siumut Party)
Ole Dorph, Qaasuitsup Kommunia (Siumut Party)
West Nordic municipal structure
Faroe Islands, Iceland and Greenland are called West Nordic countries. Researchers have focused on challenges to local democracy, efficient service provision and adaptive capacity in the three countries in the report “West Nordic Municipal Structure” from a project supported by the Arctic Co-operation Programme 2012-2014. Download here the report “West Nordic municipal structure”, 93 pages
Contacts – staff in KANUKOKA’s office
KANUKOKA , P.O. Box 10, DK-3900 Nuuk, Greenland
Phone: +299 36 21 00
Fax: +299 32 40 36
Jakob Møller Lyberth
Pétur Haukur Guðmundsson
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