An initiative to involve youth in the Baltic Sea Region
We can all agree that the youth are the decision makers of tomorrow. Therefore, engaging youth in questions about tomorrow is crucial to foster a sense of responsibility, belonging and unity.
Despite of this, youths seem to be low on the agenda in the Baltic Sea Region. Youth voter participation is low in many countries and several countries lack tools, institutions and funding for youth politicians.
This is why, the Baltic Sea States Subregional Co-operation together with the Union of Baltic Cities, the Euroregion Baltic and the Baltic Sea Cultural Centre in Gdansk, with support of PA Culture, started an initiative for increasing youth participation in the Baltic Sea Region by inviting youth to an inspiring Baltic Sea Region Youth Camp 2019. The camp will be held in the days before the Annual Forum of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region in Gdansk 2019. Thirty Youth participants from the Youth Camp will join in the Annual Forum to bring the voice of the youth into the heart of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region. During the camp we will develop and write The Baltic Youth Declaration - a written summary of the ideas and thoughts of the youth participants. The declaration will be presented to the politicians and stake holders at the last day of the Youth Camp and at the EUSBSR Annual Forum.
The Youth Camp will bring together youths from the Baltic Sea Region to promote cultural understanding and a feeling of togetherness in the region. The camp will offer a forum for debate and discussions where youth can discuss issues of importance for the future of the region and raise awareness around its sustainable development. The 2030 agenda and its sustainable development goals (SDG) will be highlighted with a special focus on SDG 12 – Responsible consumption and production. We will look at the circular and sharing economy as a part of the solution to achieve SDG goal 12.
Transforming our world:
The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development
In 2015, the Heads of State and Government and High Representatives, met at the United Nations Headquarters in New York and decided on new global Sustainable Development Goals. Never before have world leaders pledged common action and effort across such a broad and universal policy agenda.
«We are setting out together on the path towards sustainable development, devoting ourselves collectively to the pursuit of global development and of “win-win” cooperation which can bring huge gains to all countries and all parts of the world». - UN, general Assembly 25. Sept 2015.
The 17 Sustainable Development Goals are the blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all. They address the global challenges we face, including those related to poverty, inequality, climate, environmental degradation, prosperity, and peace and justice. The Goals interconnect and in order to leave no one behind, the aim is to achieve each Goal and target by 2030.
Sustainable Development Goals
Goal 1. End poverty in all its forms everywhere
Goal 2. End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture
Goal 3. Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages
Goal 4. Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all
Goal 5. Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls
Goal 6. Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all
Goal 7 Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all
Goal 8. Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all
Goal 9. Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation
Goal 10. Reduce inequality within and among countries
Goal 11. Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable
Goal 12. Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns
Goal 13. Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts*
Goal 14. Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development
Goal 15. Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss
Goal 16. Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels
Goal 17. Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development