Towards Baltic 2030 - From Talk to Work

14.02.2017 |

The CBSS’ Expert Group on Sustainable Development is currently hosting a number of events around the Baltic Sea Region to identify what capacity and knowledge is needed for an effective implementation of the United Nations Agenda 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the Baltic Sea Region.

The unique workshop format Towards Baltic 2030 - From Talk to Work is currently travelling from country to country in the Baltic Sea Region to discuss the issues of SDG implementation with national governments, stakeholders and NGOs. After the initial workshop in Warsaw, on January 30th, the team has travelled on to Riga today with the ambition of stimulating the discourse about national SDG priorities and identifying respective opportunities and challenges.

On February 22nd, the Expert Group will be welcomed by the Stockholm Environment Institute Office in Tallinn and other Sustainable Development experts and civil servants that have been involved in prior consultations about the Estonian Sustainable Development Strategy. The ambition with this meeting is to work together on elaborating a national strategy and connecting it to the macro-region.

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Following the workshop in Tallinn, two more events will take place. One in St. Petersburg, Russia on April 12th and a final event on April 27th in Stockholm, Sweden. The event in St. Petersburg will take place in the framework of the German Week in St. Petersburg and thus involve both Russian and German stakeholders and experts. The final event in Stockholm will sum up the results of the meetings and share the outcomes of the project.

The procedure of Towards Baltic 2030 - From Talk to Work is based on the outcomes of a study, that was carried out prior to the workshops and assesses the status of the 2030 Agenda Implementation in the respective Baltic Sea Region countries. One of the studies main outcomes argues for more joint efforts to adopt better macro-regional co-operation measures. It says:

"It is evident that the region needs to improve performance on the monitoring and follow up on the SDGs, and this is indeed one of the main challenges claimed by all countries. Macro-regional cooperation and coordination can and should, in this sense, be promoted not only with the aim to exchange best practices and successful policies, but also for accomplishing the objectives on SDGs and 2030 Agenda in the whole region and, consequentially, in every BSR country." 

(Report on the preliminary implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals, 2016)

Accordingly, the CBSS Expert Group on Sustainable Development Baltic 2030’s ambition is to promote macro-regional awareness and engagement in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda SDGs. In particular meaning, that an action plan for cooperative work on sustainable development in the Baltic Sea Region will be elaborated and an open platform for mutual learning and best practices established. All activities aim at fostering coordinated sustainable development governance and related activities of stakeholders in the Baltic Sea Region considering relevant international strategies, such as the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (EUSBSR) and the Strategy for the Social and Economic Development of the North-West Federal District of the Russian Federation.

The Baltic 2030 - From Talk to Work workshops are organised in cooperation with the Council of the Baltic Sea States and respective national and local partners. The Baltic 2030 project is financed by the Swedish Institute via the Council of the Baltic Sea States. If you would like to know more about the work of the Baltic 2030 project and the Council of Baltic Sea States’ activities in the field of sustainable development, click here for their website.

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