Helsinki invited other cities and collaboration partners to take systemic and rapid actions in solving global challenges. The joint declaration was signed on 10 October 2019 in Helsinki as a conclusion to the Helsinki Impact Conference.

During the two-day Helsinki Impact Conference, policy makers, urban planners and researchers of the cities discussed the role of the cities in the future.

As a result of the conference, the leaders of Helsinki, Stockholm and Tallinn, as well as the European collaboration networks for cities and metropolitan areas EUROCITIES and Metrex signed a declaration, in which they commit to advancing a solution to global challenges.

“The cooperation between cities and learning from each other is indispensable, when we want to find solutions to burning issues. The pace both in the climate actions and in the construction of socially equitable cities must be stepped up from what it has been thus far”, emphasised Deputy Mayor Anni Sinnemäki, who signed the declaration on behalf of the City of Helsinki.

In the declaration, the signatories commit to advancing:

  1. Combating climate change
  2. Working towards a human-centric digital transition and ethical use of technology
  3. Improving urban environments through spatial planning
  4. Enabling social equality and more inclusive cities, as well as
  5. Strengthening the role of cities as innovation platforms.

In the declaration, the signatories also highlight the need for a more ambitious EU Urban Agenda.

“It is great that our city partners have joined Helsinki in conveying the message to the European stages that the significance and financing of urban policy must increase during the European Union’s next funding period”, rejoices Sinnemäki.

The declaration was signed by Deputy Mayor of Helsinki Anni Sinnemäki, Deputy Mayor of Tallinn Andrei Novikov and Vice Mayor of Stockholm Dennis Wedin, as well as by secretary general of EUROCITIES Anna Lisa Boni and secretary general of Metrex Henk Bouwman.

The discussions and moods of Helsinki Impact Conference can be recalled on Helsinki Impact Conference website.
Video recordings of both days are up on the site.

Link to the declaration:

The future of Europe is made in cities – Helsinki Impact Declaration, Helsinki 10th October 2019

In the picture (from left): Dennis Wedin, Stockholm, Anna Lisa Boni, Eurocities, Andrei Novikov, Tallinn, Anni Sinnemäki, Helsinki, och Henk Bouwman, Metrex. Photo: Petri Anttila, City of Helsinki