On 28th October the Polish Ministry of Environment hosted a Joint Meeting of the Council of the Baltic Sea States Committee of Senior Officials, the CBSS Expert Group on Sustainable Development – Baltic 21, the Baltic Sea Region Climate Dialogue Platform under Horizontal Action Climate, the European Union (EUSBSR) Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region National Coordinators, the EUSBSR Policy Area/Horizontal Action Coordinators (PA Bioeconomy, PA Hazards, PA Nutri, PA Safe and PA Ship, as well as HA Climate, HA Neighbours and HA Spatial Planning), HELCOM represented by Ms. Monika Stankiewicz, HELCOM Executive Secretary and the European Commission which was represented by DG Climate.
The Sister Councils of the North were also present. The Nordic Council of Ministers (chaired by Denmark) and Barents Euro-Arctic Council (chaired by Russia) were represented by their Presidency’s representatives. The Chair of the Arctic Council Sustainable Development Working Group (USA) joined the meeting via videoconference.
For the first time in history, all the leading regional institutions met in one place and discussed ways of elaborating regional answer to common global challenges linked to sustainable development. Bringing more synergy to regional cooperation and building networks between existing institutions and formats is one of the main aims of the Polish CBSS Presidency.
The Joint Meeting was presided over by Ambassador Michał Czyż, Polish Chair of the CBSS CSO.
The meeting focused on sustainable development in the Baltic Sea Region, with cooperation on climate change adaptation used as a case study. The impact of climate change in the Arctic on the Baltic Sea Region was also highlighted during the meeting.
Around 50 participants discussed ways of effective regional implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals defined in the UN “2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”. The CBSS decided to develop the new agenda for sustainable development for the Baltic Sea Region post 2015 and made it one of its strategic actions under the priority “Sustainable and Prosperous Region”. This is also one of the priorities of the Polish CBSS Presidency. Participants of the meeting agreed that coordinated efforts of various regional stakeholders in this particular area are needed.
As food for thought for the discussion, CBSS Secretariat and the Polish CBSS Presidency prepared a non-paper entitled: “Cooperation on sustainable development in the Baltic Sea Region – climate change adaptation case study”.
The document can be downloaded here.
The non-paper was complemented by a graphic illustrative diagram of climate adaptation governance viewed from a CBSS perspective which is available here.
To read the Conclusions of the Joint Meeting go here.
Below please find the list of the speakers:
Ms. Edyta Sysło, Chair of the CBSS Expert Group on Sustainable Development – Baltic 21, New agenda for sustainable development in the Baltic Sea Region – introduction
Ms. Monika Stankiewicz, HELCOM Executive Secretary
Ms. Anna Ballance, European Commission, Regional dimension of SDG implementation and monitoring – joined via videoconference
Mr. Piotr Głowacki, Professor at the Institute of Geophysics of the Polish Academy of Sciences, Polish scientific activity at Svalbard in connection to the Baltic Sea Region
Mr. Tymon Zieliński, Professor at the Institute of Oceanology of the Polish Academy of Sciences, Pollution without borders
Ms. Roberta Burns, Chair of the Arctic Council Sustainable Development Working Group – joined via videoconference
Ms. Dina Silina, Policy Officer, European Commission Climate Action DG, EU Strategy on Adaptation to climate change territorial cooperation and multilevel governance
Ms. Krista Kampus, Coordinator of the Horizontal Action Climate for the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region, CBSS Secretariat, Baltic 21 Unit
Ms. Anna Sosnowska, WWF Poland