The CPMR Baltic Sea Commission participated in the first module of the Baltic Leadership Programme on the 2030 Agenda which was organised jointly by Nordregio and the Council of the Baltic Sea States (CBSS) Expert Group on Sustainable Development on 12–13 October 2017 in Stockholm.

The Baltic 2030 Unit of the CBSS supported the Swedish Institute in developing a new addition to the Baltic Leadership Programme (BLP) focusing on Agenda 2030.

Participants of the BLP are national coordinators of the 2030 Agenda, regional and city representatives, and pan-Baltic organisations from 10 Baltic Sea Region countries. Also, national, policy and horizontal coordinators of the EUSBSR will be invited to join the second and third module. The CPMR Baltic Sea Commission and the Union of Baltic Cities supported the organisers in the recruitment process to ensure local and regional participation.

Region Norrbotten, in its capacity as coordinator for the priority area of SDGs within the CPMR Baltic Sea Commission, as well as the Secretariat of the CPMR Baltic Sea Commission are involved in the programme.

Next steps

  • The 2nd module of the BLP on the 2030 Agenda will take place in Tallinn on 13-14 December 2017. Gathering Policy Area and Horizontal Action Coordinators of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (EUSBSR), the module will focus on mapping the connections of PACs/HACs with different SDGs and identifying the shared areas of action in the EUSBSR.
  • The 3rd module of the BLP will be held in Brussels during spring 2018. Gathering participants of the first two modules and connecting national and macro-regional actors, the module will reflect on the plans for alignment of the EU strategies with the SDGs and on monitoring the progress of the implementation of SDGs.