Good news for the Baltic Sea
The Commitments made at the Baltic Sea Action Summit in Helsinki last February have progressed well. Of the more than 160 Commitments made, twelve percent are completed and over 70 percent are progressing. In addition to these, the states around the Baltic Sea report that their Commitments are advancing.
With the purpose of engaging as many levels of society as possible, the President, the Prime Minister of Finland, and Baltic Sea Action Group (BSAG) launched a joint initiative in May 2009: The Baltic Sea Action Summit, which was arranged in Helsinki on 10 February 2010.
At the high-level Summit, states, companies and NGO’s met to present their Commitments to solve the problems of the Baltic Sea. The Summit was part of a long-term process, and gathered all necessary parties in the same room with the aim of making sustainable decisions and committing to take concrete actions.
A Commitment Follow-up event, arranged by the BSAS conveners, will take place on Thursday, 10 February 2011starting at 9:00 at SEB. At the Follow-up, the Commitment progress of commitments made by both states and all other organizations will be presented in more detail. A number of Commitments made since the Summit will also be presented. Please see the program below.
As its own Commitment, the Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE) has made an analysis of the expected effects of all the Commitments. According to the analysis, the Commitments demonstrate that through well targeted actions, having solid scientific basis, significant results can be achieved in a rather short period of time. The entire report will be published at the Commitment Follow-up.
Please note that the event is by invitation only.
For further information, please contact BSAG:
Communications Manager Linda Lindfors, +358 40 543 9820