Tuesday, 18 August 2020
The composition of the Finnish National Commission on Sustainable Development was changed at the beginning of 2016. At that time, regional and local representatives were added. Now the Commission includes two representatives from cities, two regional representatives and two representatives from local administration. It also includes representatives from the self-governing territory of the Åland islands.
The Finland We Want by 2050 – Society’s Commitment to Sustainable Development offers a strategic framework and a multi-stakeholder operational tool for sustainable development. It is a new partnership model that aims at boosting ownership, concrete action, innovative solutions and impact throughout the society. It brings together the public sector, companies, civil society actors, organisations and citizens in a unique way.
To make the vision of Society’s Commitment a reality, eight shared objectives for sustainable development must be achieved. The way to do this is simple: commitments are invited from different sectors and stakeholders, these parties then decide on what concrete actions they can take to attain the objectives, and then they measure their progress. By 2020, over 1000 actors from companies to ministries, schools, municipalities and civil society organisations, as well almost 1500 individuals, have already joined Society’s Commitment by launching their own operational commitments. When put together, the individual commitments can lead to greater results, can bring systemic change and can create a community of pioneers.
Check out this short video of Society’s Commitment
In 2006 the Finnish National Commission on Sustainable Development (FNCSD) prepared the National Strategy for Sustainable Development. In the preparations for the strategy, input from the sub-national level was collected. Regional authorities and municipalities participated in several workshops, were informed about certain issues and were also asked for advice in specific cases. Additionally, they commented on the draft strategy document. Representatives of local and regional authorities were also members of the group responsible for preparing the national strategy. However, there was no formal and structured way to ensure their broader contribution during the preparatory phase. To improve the coordination of sustainable development policies between the national and sub-national levels, the National Commission established a new sub-committee on regionally and locally sustainable development in June 2007 (which operated into 2012). The sub-committee was mandated to promote sustainable development in regional and local administrations, as well as in their cooperation with each other and with the national government.