On her speech to the diplomatic corps at a banquet at the Presidential Palace on 8 April 2010, President Halonen took up Baltic Sea Action Summit as an example of a good co-operation for the environment
“Work to protect the environment should begin close to home. As the well-known slogan puts it: “Think globally, act locally”. A year ago I – together with Prime Minister Matti Vanhanen and the Baltic Sea Action Group – launched an initiative to improve the condition of the Baltic Sea. The response to our initiative has been really positive. The Baltic Sea Action Summit, which we arranged in Helsinki in February, was a new type of meeting. It brought together heads of state and government as well as representatives of public organizations, businesses and NGOs from all the countries in the region.
All these actors have made important commitments for a cleaner Baltic Sea. A lot of work remains to be done before we can achieve our goal. I hope that young people in particular will join in this cause, and we should all support them in their efforts.”