The Summit ReGeneration2030 will take place from the 18th to the 20th of August in Mariehamn, Åland, bringing together young people from around the Baltic Sea region, in order to explore ways in which they can influence and encourage sustainable development.
The summit will focus on the various ecological footprints caused by consumption and production patterns.
The initiative behind the summit, ReGeneration2030, was created by and for young people across the Nordic and Baltic Sea area. The objective is to encourage a movement for sustainable development led by young people in which solutions are discussed between generations. ReGeneration2030 is organised and supported by a growing number of partners from the Nordic and Baltic Sea Region. With its activities, the ReGeneration2030 movement also creates a shared identity, a sense of belonging and of acting together in the interests of present and future generations.
The Council of the Baltic Sea States is one of the many supporters of ReGeneration2030: “Young people are key to our present and our future, we need to empower them and encourage their participation and engagement in achieving the vision for 2030. We want our region to be truly sustainable, which we think will be achieved through the realization of the Baltic 2030 agenda” says Krista Kampus, Head of Baltic 2030 Unit at the CBSS Secretariat. ReGeneration2030 is an opportunity for young people to support the implementation of the Baltic 2030 Action Plan, a political document for the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals in the Baltic Sea Region adopted by the Foreign Ministers of the CBSS Member States in June 2017.
The Youth Summit ReGeneration2030 is the first of its kind. The idea is that the summit will be an annual event where young people aged 15 to 29 meet up, discuss topics of their choice, share their experiences, reflect, and take action together. Participants are given an opportunity to discuss the SDGs with key stakeholders in sustainable development with the goal of creating tools and identifying focal points for cross-border cooperation.
The focus of the summit – SDG 12 regarding sustainable consumption and production – has the potential to kick-start progress in the other SDGs.
“Only through action do words take meaning. ReGeneration2030 moves youth involvement convincingly forward. I can’t wait to see what kind of changes, magic and actions it will cause. The potential for something big is definitely there”, says Anna Enemark, Senior Adviser for Culture and Education at the CBSS Secretariat.
The summit will result in a manifesto and action plan for the implementation of the solutions devised at the summit. The results will be presented to decision-makers through the Nordic Council of Ministers and the Council of the Baltic Sea States, which also serves as one of the stakeholders behind the summit. Other, smaller events will be organised to follow up the implementation of the solutions ahead of the next summit. A digital platform will serve as a channel for ongoing discussion.
ReGeneration2030 is constantly expanding and welcomes new partners from the countries involved. More details about the partnership structure are available at www.regeneration2030.org
*The region includes Denmark, Estonia, the Faroe Islands, Finland, Germany, Greenland, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Russia, Sweden and the Åland Islands.