In order to ensure that rescuing the Baltic Sea remains high on the political agenda in all the Baltic Sea countries, BSAG acts as an initiator of the Baltic Sea Action Summit, BSAS. It is a summit for those who have made a Commitment to action.
At the Summit, heads of state, public authorities, representatives of the business world, scientific organizations, and non-governmental organizations meet to present their Commitments and their results. The Baltic Sea Action Summit is a highly visible part of BSAG´s rescue operation, and it is organized regularly in order to guarantee that progress is being made and actions are reported and executed.
The first BSAS was organized in Helsinki in 2010. It offered a platform for actors from all levels of society to contribute to the recovery of the Baltic Sea. The Summit participants were invited by a trio: the President of Finland Tarja Halonen, the Prime Minister of Finland Matti Vanhanen, and BSAG. A Commitment to action was also the ticket to the Summit.
Altogether, over 140 Commitments were made, which well exceeded the original goal of 50. The work towards acquiring Commitments continues. New ones are being made continuously, and projects are being developed further. At the moment there are well over 200 commitments. The next BSAS is scheduled to take place in Russia in 2013.