Sustainable Development – Baltic 2030
We believe that all levels of society must share responsibility and participate in finding sustainable solutions. 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 dates back to 1996 when the Prime Ministers of the CBSS Member States initiated the “Agenda 21 for the Baltic Sea Region – Baltic 21″: a regional expression of the global United Nations’ (UN) Agenda 21. The Baltic 21 Action Programme was integrated into the CBSS as an Expert Group on Sustainable Development – Baltic 21 in 2010. Today, the Expert Group is focusing on translating the UN’s global Sustainable Development Goals into regionally actionable objectives through Baltic 2030 Action Plan.
Over the past 20 years the CBSS Expert Group on Sustainable Development has acted as a macro-regional expression of the global UN Agenda 21 and 2030 and collected significant experience of working on sustainable development issues in the Baltic Sea Region (BSR).
Our members are various government ministries and agencies from the 11 Baltic Sea states (Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Russia and Sweden), numerous pan-Baltic and international organisations, non-governmental organisations, academic, as well as local and city networks. The Chair of the Expert Group rotates following the established patterns of the Presidency of the CBSS.
The current mission of the EGSD-Baltic 2030 is to facilitate, support and promote macro-regional engagement in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the operationalisation of its goals and targets. In order to achieve the overall mission, the EGSD shall perform the following tasks:
- Focus on knowledge sharing in the field of risk assessment and
climate change adaptation in relation to floods and erosion.
- Support the implementation of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by fostering coordinated sustainable development governance and related activities of stakeholders in the Baltic Sea Region, taking into account the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region; the Strategy for the Social and Economic Development of the North-West Federal District of the Russian Federation and other relevant regional strategies and action plans;
- Strengthen sustainable development governance in the Baltic Sea Region through mutual learning, by exchanging and dissemination of best practices, e.g. through the instrument of voluntary peer reviews.
The identified areas of common concern include, inter alia:
- Sustainability governance on macro-regional level;
- Mitigation of and adaptation to climate change;
- Sustainable urban development;
- Sustainable consumption and production, including resource-efficiency;
- Environmental education and outreach.