Sustainable Development – Baltic 2030
We believe that all levels of society must share responsibility and participate in finding sustainable solutions. The network Baltic 2030 is continuously building purpose-oriented partnerships, commissioning studies, conducting trainings, facilitating projects and providing policy input.
The Baltic Sea cooperation on sustainable development goes back to 1996 when the Prime Ministers of the CBSS countries initiated the “Agenda 21 for the Baltic Sea Region -Baltic 21″, as a regional expression of the global Agenda 21, adopted by the United Nations Earth Summit. The Baltic 21 Action Programme was adopted by the Ministers of Foreign Affairs in 1998 and as of 1 January 2010 Baltic 21 was integrated into the CBSS as an Expert Group on Sustainable Development – Baltic 21. In 2010-2015, the CBSS Sustainable Development Strategy was the main guiding document for sustainability cooperation for the CBSS member countries.
The Way Forward – Baltic 2030 Action Plan
The framework of current global processes forms the general bases for our future co-operation in the Baltic Sea Region. On 25 September 2015, the UN General Assembly adopted the new Sustainable Development Goals “Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”.
Recognizing that the 2030 Agenda can only be achieved through the common and cooperative efforts of all countries, sectors, and stakeholders, in June 2016 the high representatives of the Council of the Baltic Sea States government institutions called upon the CBSS Expert Group on Sustainable Development to elaborate the Baltic 2030 Action Plan, specifically tailored for the BSR to guide macro-regional stakeholders through the implementation of the SDGs.
The drafting of the Baltic 2030 Action Plan was conducted under the CBSS Icelandic Presidency in a holistic and inclusive way, drawing on the extensive knowledge of the Expert Group members and international experts, as well as on the collective input from the key stakeholders from the BSR countries.
The Baltic 2030 Action Plan, endorsed by the CBSS Foreign Ministers on the 20 June 2017 in Reykjavik, hence provides a common vision for sustainable development in the BSR and will be promoted to all stakeholders, institutions, sectors and citizens in the region.
Along the path ahead, Baltic 2030 aspires to work together with a growing number of partners to set the highest standards for regional development. The Baltic 2030 network is open to stakeholders who are active throughout the region, have competence in a field that is relevant to sustainable development, and would like to contribute to the overall mission of Baltic 2030.