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Regions and cities as agents of change in SDGs implementation

On 7 March 2018 the CBSS Baltic 2030, in cooperation with CPMR Baltic Sea Commission and Euroregion Baltic, held the event “Transforming our Baltic Sea Region”, a one-day seminar in Stockholm engaging regional politicians interested in understanding how to integrate the principles of 2030 Agenda into everyday planning and concrete actions. Gustav Hemming, County Council Commissioner for Regional Planning from Stockholm County Council and Åsa Bjering, Executive Secretary of CPMR Baltic Sea Commission greeted the participants. According to Ms. Bjering “Regions need to understand that they are important players in SDGs implementation. Cities and regions can step up and become agents of change.”

CBSS Baltic 2030 Unit contributed to the seminar with an introduction to the Baltic 2030 Action Plan by Krista Kampus, Head of the Unit, and the results of SDGs implementation mapping in the Baltic Sea Region, by Sven Beyersdorff from Nordic Sustainability. Participants of the seminar were also presented with examples of implementing 2030 Agenda on national level (Sweden), regional level (region Skåne) and local level (City of Lahti, Finland and Stockholm, Sweden) and followed a panel discussion with Björn Grönholm, Head of Union of Baltic Cities (UBC) and Åsa Bjering, moderated by Sebastian Magier, Head of International Secretariat, Euroregion Baltic. The second part of the seminar was dedicated to an interactive workshop by a renowned sustainability consultant, Alan AtKisson, who introduced VISIS tool (a systematic way of working with sustainable development) and its components Vision > Indicators > Systems > Innovation > Strategy — five critical steps in planning for sustainable development.

For more images from the event see the CBSS Flickr.