During the 22nd Expert Group meeting on Sustainable Development for the Council for the Baltic Sea States (CBSS), Joel Ahlgren from the think tank Global Utmaning presented the new handbook: Localising Sustainable Development Goals in the Baltic Sea Region: A Handbook. The Handbook was based on the outcomes of the Baltic 2030 Capacity Building Programme – localizing SDGs in the Baltic Sea Region implemented by Global Utmaning and the Council for the Baltic Sea States (CBSS) with funding from the Swedish Institute.
The digital launch began with an opening speech from the Lithuanian Presidency on priorities for 2021. This was followed by a presentation of the handbook by the authors Joel Ahlgren, project manager Global Utmaning, Olga Zuin, programme coordinator for Baltic 2030 CBSS Secretariat and Ugis Zanders, Project Officer for Sustainable & Prosperous Region CBSS Secretariat.
The Localising SDGs in the Baltic Sea Region: a Handbook, is based on the outcomes of two training sessions on Localising Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) where international, local, municipal and regional representatives from the Baltic Sea Region shared their experiences of advancing sustainability and circular economy on sub-national levels. This handbook is a guide that provides inspiration for how sub-national actors can use the SDGs as a framework for regional and local development.
The handbook provides an overview of the importance of the SDGs for municipalities and regions, existing instruments for SDG localization, and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s (OECD) Framework for Policy Coherence for Sustainable Development.
Most importantly, it presents a roadmap of challenges, good examples, recommendations and ways forward for both, those at the beginning of their SDG journey as well as those advanced. Find ways to strengthen awareness and political will, cross-sectorial and multilevel cooperation, commitment and responsibility, involving stakeholders, monitoring and evaluating achievements.
After the launch the EGM continued with discussions on covid adoption and ways forward.