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Main Session 3:
Walk the talk – implementing the Sustainable Development Goals in the Baltic Sea Region

Time: 10:40-12:00 Wednesday, 9 November 2016

Venue: Mässhallen 
The session will take place at the main stage as a continuation of the 2nd Plenary of the Forum.

Agenda 2030 - sustainability is here and has come to stay.
On 1 January 2016, the the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 Goals (SDGs), adopted by world leaders in September 2015, officially came into force. Due to holistic nature of the SDGs, there is an urgent need to build capacity and raise awareness in order to break "traditional silos", to make integrated decisions and find solutions across sectors.  The 2030 Agenda welcomes, among others, the cooperation of regional and sub-regional commissions and organizations as useful opportunity for peer learning, sharing of best practices and discussion on shared targets and stresses the need to fully engage the already existing regional networks and mechanisms in conducting regular and inclusive reviews of progress.

The Baltic Sea region has a great potential to become a pilot region to realize the 2030 Agenda  as a cooperative effort.  With the adoption of the CBSS Declaration “Baltic 2030: Renewing the Commitment to Sustainable Development in the Baltic Sea Region” the Baltic Sea Region countries reaffirmed their commitment to increase the speed as regards to achieving sustainability for the  Baltic Sea Region and agreed to elaborate an Action Plan on sustainable development to  contribute to implementing the 2030 Agenda for SD.
The session will focus on following questions:
  • Implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in the Baltic Sea Region (BSR): cooperation between the countries in the implementation process.
How to enhance policy coherence for sustainable development and successfully integrate economic, ecological and social dimensions for policy coherence.
How can the EU facilitate 2030 Agenda implementation through the EU macroregional strategies and cooperation?
What are the main challenges in the cooperation between the national and regional level?
  • How can we best use BSR partnerships and activities in ensuring effective implementation of the SDGs at the (macro)regional and national level.
  • What is What is the best way to translate and coordinate the 17th SDGs at BSR level?
  • What is youth perspective - today’s youth as grown-ups in 2030?
  • Ms Eva Svedling, State Secretary for Minister for International Development Cooperation and Climate, Isabella Lövin, Sweden
  • Jerzy Kwieciński, Secretary of State, Ministry of Development, Poland
  • Daiva Matoniene,  Vice-Minister of the Environment, Lithuania
  • Stefán Haukur Johannesson, Permanent Secretary of the MFA, Iceland
  • Gilles Gantelet, European Commission, Head of the SDG Strategy Unit, DG Environment, Belgium
  • Professor Dr. Günther Bachmann, General Secretary of the German Council for SD, Germany
  • Professor Mark Howells, Director, Division of Energy Systems Analysis at the Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden (KTH-dESA), on behalf of  Diana Alarcón Chief, Development Strategy and Policy Unit, UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs, USA
The Session will be moderated by
  • Mr.Alan AtKisson, President  & CEO of AtKisson Inc.
  • Ms.  Alise Trifane (Baltic University Programme, Latvia)
The outcomes of the Session will be introduced to the European Commission to support their ongoing efforts for establishing a framework for an EU-wide uptake and implementation of the SDGs, as well as to the DG REGIO and the EUSBSR National Coordinators for consideration on how the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region  (and other EU macroregional strategies) could be shaped in the future to support the implementation of SDGs.


Main session - political seminar

Main organiser:
The  session will be organized by the CBSS Expert Group on Sustainable Development –Baltic 2030 in cooperation with the CBSS Icelandic Presidency and the Prime Ministers Office of Sweden.

Seminar contact person:
Krista Kampus

Seminar partner organisations:
Ministry of the Environment and Energy, Sweden
Prime Minister’s Office, Sweden
CBSS Icelandic Presidency

Sub-objective of the EUSBSR:
Save the Sea: Better cooperation
Connect the Region: Connecting people in the region
Increase Prosperity: EUSBSR contributing to the implementation of Europe 2020
Increase Prosperity: Improved global competitiveness of the Baltic Sea Region