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Helsinki and the sustainable development goals

In 2015, the UN member states agreed upon goals and an agenda for sustainable development. The 2030 Agenda aims toward eliminating extreme poverty and facilitating sustainable development that takes the environment, the economy and people into consideration in equal measure.

Helsinki wants to be a pioneer for local implementation of global responsibilities. In September 2018, the city, being after New York the second city in the world and the first one in Europe to do so, thus made a commitment to report voluntarily to the UN on its implementation of the sustainable development goals.

A significant portion of the actual implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals is carried out at the local level. Cities play an important role in attaining the goals. The Sustainable Development Goals turn from the agenda into action especially at the city level. Attaining the goals will require strong co-operation between countries and cities in the future.

Our strategy features several goals through which the City takes part in promoting the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. The first part of the reporting was finished and published in April, 2019. The final report From Agenda to Action – The Implementation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals in Helsinki 2019 has been published in June 2019 and it will be handed over to the UN in July.

Read about the implementation of the sustainable development goals in Helsinki

12.07.2019 15:57