From Agenda to Action – The Implementation of the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals and the Power of Cities

In recent years it has become clear that many of the world’s greatest transformations from digitalization to climate change make their most profound impacts at the local level. Cities are the new powerhouses of the world, and now build a global community much like nation-states before them. The desire to move our role from a mere implementor to the setting of the global agenda is shared among many cities. As mayors, we are responsible for providing the best possible conditions for the everyday lives of our citizens. Increasingly, this means responsibility beyond our physical borders.

City Regions Must Act Together

Metropolitan regions must take an active role in developing the future of our world. Administrative boundaries should not be a hindrance to European cities’ pursuit to find the best possible solutions to building socially, environmentally and economically sustainable societies.

Summer Day by the Töölö Bay launches Finland’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union

The public park party in the Töölönlahti Park and on the Kansalaistori Square mark the opening of Finland’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union on 8 July. The summer day’s programme is abundant and its main theme is sustainability. The opening event is also the kick-off for the Töölö Bay activity event, where the participants walk, jog or run together around the world in 180 days for the Baltic Sea.

Elevating the voice of cities in an urban century

With more than 75% of Europeans living in urban areas, ‘urbanisation’ is no longer a trend, it is a fact of how we organise our society. Cities are the place where the fight against climate change becomes real, where technological innovation can help boost the digital transformation, and where we can build equal and inclusive societies that leave no one behind. 

Matchmaking between cities and universities for a better urban future

The cities and universities can be the best and the most productive partners when science and practice meet in the everyday urban planning, development and testing processes. The cities and universities can also sometimes be working in parallel worlds if there is not enough interaction and sharing of knowledge.  In the Helsinki Capital Region, the cities and universities have for over 20 years now very actively worked towards better collaboration structures in urban research and development.

Cities seeking planetary boundaries

By signing the Paris agreement nations around the world agreed, that in order to maintain a livable planet for future generations, we need jointly agreed, clear climate targets. The shared goal is not to exceed 1,5 degrees warming. Should temperatures rise above that, our entire human civilisation is at risk.

Welcome to Helsinki – for Global Good

As the main stage for Finland’s EU Presidency period from July to December 2019, Helsinki shall be hosting around 20 000 EU delegates. Welcome to the most functional metropolis in the world, where it is easy to move around and sense good daily life!

Cities are drivers of change

Cities have always been at the forefront of problem solving and carried forward revolutionary innovations. Cities have always been and continue to be centres of education and civilization. In history, cities have been states, cities have declined, yet today we are in an era of cities being the power centres and, what I believe, drivers of change. As cities continue to grow and will soon be home to nearly 70% of the world’s population, the 21st Century will serve as 3rd coming of the cities.

What is the Helsinki Impact Conference

The Helsinki Impact Conference celebrates the Finnish EU Presidency and the city driven future of the European community. The Conference calls for the empowerment of European cities as global impact makers in creating better urban futures for us all. Cities are the glue that holds the European Union together.