Expert Group on Sustainable Development - Baltic 21

Our background
Initiated by the Prime Ministers of the Baltic Sea countries in 1996, Baltic 21 is a macro-regional expression of the global Agenda 21 adopted by the United Nations "Earth Summit." The term Baltic 21 tags the CBSS Expert Group on Sustainable Development as well as a network of around 200 partners from different levels and sectors working together in projects and policy for sustainable development in the Baltic Sea Region.

Our members
As a multinational team, our members are various government ministries and agencies from CBSS member states, numerous intergovernmental and non-governmental organisations, academic institutions, as well as local, city and sector networks.

Our mission
Our mission is to contribute actively towards advancing sustainable development in the Baltic Sea Region by coordinating goals and activities, and by serving as a forum for cooperation across borders and between stakeholder groups. We provide a platform for governments, organisations, communities and people to seek out new partnerships and strengthen those already in existence. By acting as a bridge between stakeholders, we aim to help them make progress towards transforming our part of the world into sustainable region. 

Expert Group meetings
The Expert Group meets twice a year in spring and autumn. Autumn meetings are usually held back to back with the Lighthouse Project event. The spring meeting focuses mainly on policy development.