Localising Sustainability

Press Release 22 May 2019

The Council of the Baltic Sea States (CBSS) and Global Utmaning are pleased to host the second module of the “Baltic 2030 Capacity Building Programme – Localising SDGs”.
It will take place in Stockholm 23-24 May at Norrsken House.

The focus will be on how to integrate Circular Economy into the strategic planning of our cities and regions.

The “Baltic 2030 Capacity-Building Programme – Localising SDGs” is organised by the Council of the Baltic Sea States – Baltic 2030 and the Swedish independent think-tank Global Utmaning, with the support of the Swedish Institute. The initiative is a follow up of the first Baltic Leadership Programme on 2030 Agenda, and is a tailor-made leadership programme designed for regional and local authorities from the Baltic Sea Region countries. The programme specializes in how to integrate sustainable development thinking into strategic planning and provides skills and tools needed to support multi-level governance and better policy coherence in localising SDGs: The programme is also an opportunity for experts to exchange their knowledge in integrated approaches to SDG implementation, particularly in the field of circular economy.

The CBSS and Global Utmaning promotes the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and raises awareness of the need for action through capacity building on national, local and regional levels through international cooperation. We aim to strengthen leadershipon sustainabilityand the capacity of experts to integrate the 2030 Agenda in to their work.

The first module of the programme was arranged last month in Riga. The Stockholm module will be opened by Ambassador Maira Mora, Director General, Council of the Baltic Sea States Secretariat, Kurt Bratteby, Director, Department for International Relations at Swedish Institute and Tove Ahlström, CEO Global Utmaning.

Among the speakers of the module are  Åsa Domeij, Head of the Governmental delegation on Circular Economy and Chief of Sustainability at Axfood – Sweden’s second biggest food retailer, Oriana Romano, Policy Analyst at the OECD, Ander Wijkman, chair Circular Sweden, honorary chair Club of Rome and senior adviser Global Utmaning,and Elisabeth Bergendorff, Business Development Assistant, Climate-Kic.

The programme also foresees a study visit to Norra Djurgårsstaden, an innovative example of circular planning located in the heart of Stockholm.

It is only through the adoption of a general framework for localising the SDGs that strategic action, budget and planning can be realised for a green and sustainable future. The programme will take the participants through a number of workshops and exchanges of experiences that will enhance their ability to act in a circular manner.

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