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CBSS Task Force against Trafficking in Human Beings Meeting @ Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Estonia
Mar 30 – Mar 31 all-day

The CBSS Task Force against Trafficking in Human Beings is  meeting in Talllinn on the 30th-31th March.

See the programme here

The TF-THB group exercise @ Tallinn
Mar 31 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Organised within the CBSS Task Force against Trafficking in Human Beings (CBSS TF-THB) meeting, the group exercise of CBSS TF THB will take place on 30 March at 14.00-17.00 at the premises of the Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Experts from Estonian state agencies and NGOs will be participating.

The group exercise will be using the „World Café“ method, which you can find well described here. It will be hosted by Ms. Anu Leps from the Ministry of Justice of Estonia.

Sustainable development goals for the Baltic Sea Region post 2015 @ CBSS Secretariat, Stockholm
Apr 9 all-day

The CBSS Secretariat invites the national sustainable development strategies coordinators, the national representatives of the Expert Group on Sustainable Development (Baltic 21), as well as representatives from other key stakeholders, to a one day seminar on the topic of “Improving the Baltic Sea Regions capacity towards Sustainable Development”. The event will be held in Stockholm on 9th April,  from 10.00- 16.00.

At the Council meeting in June 2014, the Baltic Sea States recognized the Rio+20 follow-up initiatives as an inspiration to continue to work on sustainable development in the Baltic Sea region, and recommended Baltic 21 to work on a new sustainable development agenda for the Baltic Sea region with specific Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) post 2015. Towards this end, the seminar aims to initiate a dialogue that brings the upcoming SDGs into a Baltic Sea region context, with the objective to start the discussion between the Baltic Sea region countries on their implementation plans for SDGs.

The meeting also serves another function. Following the Council´s mandate, the Baltic 21 initiated in September 2014 the study “Assessing the status of sustainable development in the Baltic Sea Region: a macro- regional perspective”, carried out by the Baltic University Program Secretariat as a part of Uppsala Centre for Sustainable Development at Uppsala University.  As this study is to be finalized in May 2015, the seminar will be an important platform for the authors of the study to get a greater understanding of the “state of play” of sustainable development within the Baltic Sea region.  The interaction with various participants during the meeting will enable the authors of the study to understand more fully how sustainable development is conceptualised at a national level. The study will serve as a basis for further discussion among the stakeholders on identifying the areas that could be relevant for the Baltic Sea region with regard to the global SDGs.

The event will be moderated by Alan AtKisson, founder and president of AtKisson Group. Alan has been working at the forefront of sustainability since 1988 to empower and inspire individuals, communities, corporation and governments.

The last day for registration is Thursday 2nd of April, by sending an e-mail to:

Find the programme here.


Training Seminar on Human Trafficking for Diplomatic and Consular Personnel in the CBSS Region @ Riga
Apr 13 all-day

The Training Seminar on Human Trafficking for Diplomatic and Consular Personnel will take place in Riga on 13th April.

For more information about the event find the agenda here.

2nd stakeholder meeting – EFFECT – BSR Dialogue Platform on Energy and Resource Efficiency in the Baltic Sea Region @ Estonian University of Life Sciences, Tartu, Estonia
Apr 14 – Apr 16 all-day

The meeting is integrated part of CBSS Climate Weeks and arranged back to back with the Low Carbon Projects development workshop and the AgroForum Mare Balticum.

The meeting will promote and facilitate the further development of the project ‘BuildingEFFECT’ as submitted to the first step in the first call of the INTERREG Baltic Sea Region Programme (funding period 2014 – 2020).

‘BuildingEFFECT’ is a direct result of cooperation in the EFFECT – BSR Dialogue Platform on Energy and Resource Efficiency, a three year Thematic Partnership, funded by Swedish Institute during 2012 – 2015.

The project ends in August 2015.

More information on the project can be found on the CBSS website under CBSS-Baltic 21 Lighthouse projects.

CBSS ‘Climate Weeks’
Apr 14 – May 15 all-day

From 14th April to 15th May 2015 the Council of the Baltic Sea States, CBSS is implementing ‘CBSS Climate Weeks’ aiming at raising awareness, increasing capacity on climate change in the Baltic Sea Region and promoting adaptation and mitigation actions across Europe’s first macro-region.


CBSS Climate Weeks is an umbrella for a number of events and activities:


The countries in the Baltic Sea Region are all concerned by vulnerability to climate change with potential impacts on human security, the environment and competitiveness.

However, awareness and preparedness to climate change differ across the Baltic Sea region[3]. Both the EU Strategy on Adaptation to Climate Change1 and the Council Conclusions2 emphasize the importance and value added of cooperation, knowledge and good practice exchange between member states, regions, cities and other stakeholders. Therefore cooperation between member states, sub-regions and relevant pan-Baltic players, including on knowledge sharing and transfer as well as on capacity building and policy mainstreaming, must be promoted.

Climate change has been at the heart of Baltic Sea cooperation for many years, especially through intergovernmental cooperation in the Council of the Baltic Sea States (CBSS) and its Expert Group on Sustainable Development, Baltic 21 [1].

In the Chairman’s Conclusions of the 7th Baltic Sea States Summit in Riga, 2008 the Heads of Governments ‘encouraged the Council of the Baltic Sea States and its strategic partners to pay special attention to climate change in the region’ […].

In the years 2010 – 2015, CBSS-Baltic 21 implements the CBSS Strategy on Sustainable Development in which one main area of cooperation is climate change (adaptation and mitigation).

Since 2009, the European Union Strategy for the Baltic Sea region (EUSBSR) and its action plan define the main areas of cooperation for the eight EU countries that make up the Baltic Sea Region[2].Climate change is one of them. As a horizontal issue for cooperation within the framework of the EUSBSR, climate action has become better streamlined across the region.



[1] Declaration on the reform of the Council of the Baltic Sea States CBSS Ministers´ Deputies Meeting, 3 June 2008, Riga & Declaration of the 16th CBSS Ministerial session, 7th June 2011, Oslo

[2] Sweden, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland

[3] EU Environment Council Conclusions, 18th June 2013

International Forum Mare Balticum 2015 – Food and Energy Sustainability @ Estonian University of Life Sciences (EMU); Assembly Hall
Apr 14 – Apr 16 all-day


The third AgroForum Mare Balticum takes place on  14th -16th April 2015 in Tartu, Estonia. This year the focus is on Food and Energy Sustainability  with special emphasis on soil sustainability, resource efficiency and food quality in agricultural production.

As Science publishes the updated research, four of nine planetary boundaries have been crossed as a result of human activity, says an international team of 18 researchers in the journal Science (16 January 2015). The four are: climate change, loss of biosphere integrity, land-system change, altered biogeochemical cycles (phosphorus and nitrogen) – all very closely linked to human agricultural production and energy use. There is a sense of urgency in transforming today’s agriculture and energy sector to being more sustainable and resilient in the future.

Global issues like energy and food sustainability are important also to the Baltic Sea region and its neighbors in Eastern partnership countries and beyond. To contribute to facing related challenges in better understanding and combating, the first step is better understanding through communication and knowledge exchange. This is the ambition of the AgroForum Mare Balticum 2015.

Honourable speakers from international organisations, such as FAO, OECD, CBSS, and the European Commission will be discussing the East and West partnership in agriculture. In addition, as integrated part of the conference a meeting of the agricultural ministers of Baltic Sea region and Eastern partnership countries is arranged.

AgroForum Mare Balticum – Food and Energy Sustainability is organised by the Estonian University of Life Sciences and the Estonian Ministry of Agriculture. For the first time the conference is co-organized by the CBSS Baltic 21 as the Horizontal Action Leader  ‘Sustainable Development’ of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region and in cooperation with the Swedish Institute and the Saint Petersburg State University.

Please find the detailed program here.

The deadline for applications is 15th March 2015. As the number of places is limited, please register as soon as possible. The registration form can be found here.

The conference also leads into the opening of the Estonian agricultural fair, Mamess,  that will be held in Tartu from 16th – 18th April 2015. Find website here.

During AgroForum Mare Balticum, one workshop arranged by CBSS-Baltic 21 will specifically focus on efficient use of resources, touching upon improving efficient use of resources in agriculture, ambitions and limitations of organic crop-production as well as resource use in the food, energy and water nexus. The workshop is realized by the ‘Baltic Sea Region Dialogue platform on energy and resource efficiency – EFFECT’.

Back to back with the Forum, CBSS-Baltic 21 is running a low carbon projects development workshop. This workshop is a follow-up on the Baltic Leadership Programme Sustainable Development/ Low Carbon economy that was successfully implemented in autumn 2014.

The events in Tartu are integrated parts of the Council of the Baltic Sea States Climate Weeks that are running from 14th April – 15th May 2015.




Low Carbon projects development workshop – Follow-up Baltic Leadership Programme ‘Sustainable Development’ @ Estonian University of Life Sciences, Tartu, Estonia
Apr 14 – Apr 16 all-day


In September and November 2014 Swedish Institute in close cooperation with the leader of the EUSBSR Horizontal Action Sustainable Development, Council of the Baltic Sea States and its Unit Baltic 21, implemented two modules of the Baltic Leadership Programme Low Carbon Economy in Stockholm and Brussels.

In order to keep the momentum of the successful implementation of the two first BLP modules and to secure the viability of the network CBSS-Baltic 21 is organizing a follow-up workshop of the Baltic Leadership Programme – Sustainable Development/ Low Carbon Economy.

The aim of this workshop is to work on concrete project ideas as well as to set up the relevant partnerships for the potential (new EUSBSR flagship) projects, it is envisaged to expand the current group by involving/inviting additional participants from the relevant organizations of BSR countries.


2 days seminar on:

  • Knowledge exchange on joint challenges in developing the low carbon economy for the Baltic Sea region
  • Development of concrete cooperation opportunities in projects from within the BLP Low Carbon network in the Baltic Sea region
  • Introduction to relevant related funding opportunities for low carbon activities


The purpose of the event is to offer facilitated sessions where the participants can explore and exchange more concrete opportunities for cooperation within the network by i.e. developing their project ideas and future partnerships and to jointly map potential funding opportunities from the region. Furthermore, the workshop also facilitates knowledge exchange and experiences in the context of the programme topic, low carbon economy with a training on one or several related issues.

Activities will comprise

  • Training and knowledge exchange on one or several topics from the field of low carbon economy like e.g. circular economy, energy and resource audits, green public procurement, waste to energy management, Smart Cities
  •  Identification of concrete joint project themes and cooperation opportunities within the network (pitching session; the concrete project ideas will be collected and identified prior to the seminar)
  •  Workshop on targeted funding opportunities in the Baltic Sea region and beyond in the field of Low Carbon (funding session) in cooperation with Baltic Sea region programme, Central Baltic programme, South Baltic Programme and others with relevance to the development of potential new flagships in the EUSBSR
  •  Development of concrete project proposals, based on network members interest and focus (project development session)


  • BLP Low Carbon network partners
  • Additional relevant organizations from Denmark, Finland and Germany
  • Partners and stakeholders of on-going/ currently developing projects in the field of low carbon economy in the Baltic Sea region like EFFECT, Smart cities, Balloon; RECO and LOCAL
  • Additional organizations from across the region, including Russia and Eastern partnership countries with relevance to concrete project ideas


The workshop will be implemented back to back with the ‘AgroForum Mare Balticum’ that will take place 14 – 16 April 2015 in Tartu, Estonia with a focus on ‘Food and Energy Sustainability’ in the Baltic Sea region and Eastern Partnership countries.

It is also linked to the 2nd stakeholder meeting of the BSR Dialogue platfrom on energy and resource efficiency – EFFECT.

The Low Carbon projects development workshop and follow-up of BLP Sustainable Development is integrated part of the ‘CBSS Climate Weeks’.