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

* Acknowledging that the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change is the primary international, intergovernmental forum for negotiating the global response to climate change.


Reduce, reuse, re-think

Circular & Sharing Economy

At the Baltic Sea Region Youth Camp 2019 we will focus on the topic of Circular and Sharing Economy as an answer to demographic changes and environmental challenges in the Baltic Sea Region. We consider Sustainable Development Goal nr. 12  «Sustainable consumption and production patterns» as especially crucial in this regard.

12. Sustainable consumption and production patterns

Sustainable consumption and production is about promoting resource and energy efficiency, sustainable infrastructure, and providing access to basic services, green and decent jobs and a better quality of life for all. In the current world, material consumption of natural resources is increasing. Countries are also continuing to address challenges regarding air, water and soil pollution.

Sustainable consumption and production aims at “doing more and better with less”. This entails reducing resource use, degradation and pollution along the whole life cycle, while increasing quality of life. This also means focusing on the entire supply chain, involving everyone from producer to final consumer. We can manage this by educating consumers on sustainable consumption and lifestyles. Its implementation helps to achieve overall development plans, reduce future economic, environmental and social costs, strengthen economic competitiveness and reduce poverty.


ReGeneration 2030

Who is pushing for the Sustainable goals

to become a reality?

Re-Generation 2030 is a non-profit movement led by teenagers and young adults in the Nordic and Baltic Sea Regions. They provide tools and help organizations find focal points for co-operations. Their main aim is to make the United Nations Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development become a reality.

How?

Like the organizers of the Baltic Sea Youth Camp, the ReGeneration 2030 organization believe that in order to reach the goals and to develop a sustainable society, we need to increase co-operations across state and regional borders. We also need to engage in intergenerational dialogues and include the perspectives and the leadership of youth. Strengthening mutual cultural understanding and solidarity between the Baltic Sea Countries is a important step in this process. With collaborations, friendships and joint actions of countries and regions we believe we can make the Baltic Sea Region peaceful, sustainable and prosperous for the future. The Regeneration organization and the organizers of the Baltic Sea Region Youth camp are closely co-operating and representatives from the ReGeneration Organization will be present at the Youth Camp.

 
 
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