Sustainable Development & Climate Dialogue

The Expert Group on Sustainable Development is made up of officials from relevant ministries of the CBSS Member States. Together, the Expert Group has gained more than 20-years of experience in working on sustainability policies.

Sustainable Development

The Expert Group on Sustainable Development is made up of officials from relevant ministries of the CBSS Member States. Together, the Expert Group has gained more than 20-years of experience in working on sustainability policies within the Baltic Sea Region through knowledge-sharing, outreach and project work. 

There are no borders in nature and the countries in the Baltic Sea Region face the same specific risks and challenges – most of them can only be solved if we work together.

We believe that all levels of society must share responsibility and participate in finding sustainable solutions. 

That is why we are continuously building purpose-oriented partnerships, commissioning studies, conducting trainings, facilitating projects and providing policy input to strengthen sustainability practices and climate adaptation processes. Currently, our main goal is to translate the UN Sustainable Development Goals into local objectives for the Baltic Sea Region.

Climate Dialogue

Between 2016 and 2021, the CBSS coordinated the Horizontal Action Climate of the EU Strategy for Baltic Sea Region (EUSBSR). From January 2021, climate was mainstreamed into all policy areas of the EUSBSR. The main objectives of the HA Climate of the EUSBSR were to achieve a low-emission region which is resilient to the climate change and mainstream climate into sector policies.

CBSS continues to encourage and facilitate multilevel policy dialogue involving national and local authorities, business and research community, youth organisations, as well other pan-Baltic actors on climate and other issues under frameworks of the EUSBSR and the Baltic 2030 Action Plan.

Facts & Figures

  • Around 50 national coordinators, key experts and EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region officials have taken part in the three modules of the the Baltic Leadership Programme on 2030 Agenda. The capacity building programme is specifically designed for the leaders of national and macro-regional implementation of SDGs in the Baltic Sea Region. 
  • The Baltic 2030 Capacity-Building Programme – Localising the SDGs, provided a platform for sub-national actors to understand their role in the promotion of the SDGs and gathered more than 60 experts of strategic planning and sustainable development from 12 different countries.
  • Has published more than 30 reports on Sustainable development in the Baltic Sea Region.
  • The Strategy on Adaptation to Climate Change in the Baltic Sea Region and its accompanying Action Plan were officially launched and presented during the Baltadapt project Conference ” in Riga, Latvia, 3-4 September 2013
  • Since 2016 altogether 10 BSR Climate Policy Dialogue Platform Round-table meetings have been held involving representatives from ministries, government agencies, business, academia, and pan-Baltic organizations like HELCOM, VASAB, BSSSC, CPMR, UBC, Baltic Earth, BUP etc.