From Agenda to Action

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. There are in sum 17 sustainable development goals (SDG, Agenda 2030), and annually a UN high-level political forum specifies the areas of focus whose advancement is the topic of reporting. In 2019, the areas of focus are quality education, decent work and economic growth, reduced inequalities, climate action and peace, justice and strong institutions.

The Implementation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals in Helsinki 2019

Goal 4: Quality education

Helsinki wants to be the world’s most effective place to learn and to provide everyone with open, equal and high-quality education and lifelong learning opportunities.

Goal 8: Decent work and economic growth

Helsinki wants to create a functional and enjoyable urban environment that provides a good growth platform for businesses’ innovation operations and promotes sustainable economic growth and employment.

Goal 10: Reduced inequalities

Reducing inequality between population groups and areas alike is one of Helsinki’s most central goals. The City’s social policy leans on humanity, timely support procedures and perseverance.

Goal 13: Climate action

Helsinki has committed to shouldering its responsibility to mitigate climate change. One of the goals of Helsinki’s City Strategy is for Helsinki to become carbon neutral by 2035.

Goal 16: Peace, justice and strong institutions

Helsinki wants to be stable, responsible, safe and reliable – while also being dynamic and keeping up with the times.