The critical decade

The critical decade for taking a leap to a sustainable future in Europe has started. The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, its national implementation roadmaps as well as European Green Deal initiatives are all aiming to accelerate sustainability and climate targets by 2030. The most critical questions for this decade are how do we act now to guarantee that planetary boundaries are respected in economic and other societal action? How can we carry out sustainability transformation within boundaries that are defined by a safe and just space both ecologically as well as socially?

Conference set-up

The two-day conference brings together experts from academia, civil society, the private sector and government to discuss the next steps for facilitating the much-needed transformation in the critical decade of action. There will be interesting keynote speeches and engaged in workshops and parallel sessions, including on the following themes:

  • Joining forces for sustainability transformation
  • Europe’s global responsibility in combating climate change
  • Mid-term policy actions needed against the biodiversity crisis

The keynote and plenary sessions will also be live streamed.


Wednesday 14 September 2022



Venue: Helsinki & Online

Sustainability transformation requires a systems level approach where all societal actors work in an integrated manner towards a common goal. This session explores mechanisms of joint goal setting, roadmap development, decision making, budget development and follow up. It will explore questions such as: How the economy is equipped to the transition? Who should lead the process? How to ensure that citizens get are brought along? What are the roles of business and what about science? Is it possible to have sustainability transformation that is both effective as well as just and inclusive?


  • Joakim Strand, Member of the Finnish Parliament & Chairperson, Committee for the Future in the Parliament of Finland
  • Juha Majanen, Permanent State Secretary, Ministry of Finance of Finland
  • Myriam Boveda, Team Leader for Sustainable Growth, European Commission Directorate-General for Regional & Urban Policy
  • Dr. Åsa Persson, Research Director and Deputy Director, Stockholm Environment Institute Professor
  • Eeva Furman, Chair, Finnish Expert Panel for Sustainable Development


Register by clicking on the link below.

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