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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. 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 .
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.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.
 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
 Sweden, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland
 EU Environment Council Conclusions, 18th June 2013
The 12th CBSS Expert Group on Sustainable Development meeting will be held on 28th of April, back to back with the 4th Round Table of the Baltic Sea Region Climate Dialogue Platform, hosted by the Estonian Ministry of Environment on 29th of April in Tallinn.
The year 2015 has a symbolic meaning for the CBSS Expert Group on Sustainable Development (EGSD). While the mandate for the CBSS Strategy for Sustainable Development (2010-1015) ends, the EGSD is given a new mandate from the Council, namely to elaborate the new sustainable development agenda for the Baltic Sea region post 2015 following the global SD framework. Thus it is time to discuss the result of previous work, as well as to make plans for the future.
The meeting will give attention to the potential focus areas for future cooperation with the new mandate of the EGSD, and will be an initiation of the process to elaborate a new Sustainable Development Agenda for the Baltic Sea Region post 2015.
The discussions will be based on the Final Report of the EGSD Review; the preliminary results of the study “Assessing the status of SD in the Baltic Sea region – a macro regional perspective” as well as the outcomes of the seminar “Improving the Baltic Sea region´s capacity towards Sustainable Development”, which will take place on 24th of March in Stockholm.
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. Awareness and preparedness to climate change differ across the Baltic Sea region. Therefore, cooperation between member states, sub-regions and relevant pan-Baltic players must be promoted, especially on issues such as knowledge sharing – and transfer, capacity building and policy mainstreaming within and across sectors.
Hoping to promote dialogue and progress in the area of Climate Change Adaptation, the 4th round table of the Baltic Sea Region Climate Change Dialogue Platform will be arranged on 29th April; back to back with the 12th meeting of the CBSS Expert Group on Sustainable Development, Baltic 21, scheduled for 28th April.
For more information see the agenda here.
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