|Year of approval of the
SD strategy and updates
Finland has implemented
various programmes on sustainable development since the mid-1990s, and in 2006
adopted a comprehensive National Strategy for Sustainable Development (Towards
Sustainable Choices. A Nationally and Globally Sustainable Finland). The
latest policy document for sustainable development (The Finland We Want by
2050 — Society’s Commitment to Sustainable Development) was adopted in
2013. Society’s Commitment was updated in April 2016 to be in line with
the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (Agenda 2030).
|Type of SD strategy
Society’s Commitment to Sustainable
Development consists of
the vision “A prosperous Finland with global responsibility for
sustainability and the carrying capacity of nature” and eight objectives,
as well as cross-cutting principles.
To make the vision a reality,
Finland is focusing on achieving the eight objectives listed below. For the
purposes of these objectives, sustainable development is perceived in terms of
the wellbeing of people and the environment, a healthy and sustainable economy
and the promotion of sustainable lifestyles.
- Equal prospects for wellbeing
- A participatory society for all
- Work in a sustainable way
- Sustainable society and local communities
- A carbon-neutral society
- A resource-wise economy
- Lifestyles respectful of the carrying capacity of
- Decision-making respectful of nature
Principles of sustainable
- Cooperation and commitment
- Creative use of knowledge and expertise
- Limited carrying capacity of nature
- Broad-based cross-generational thinking
- Global responsibility
- Capacity for renewal and good governance
These principles underlie all the
actions and objectives in the context of Society’s Commitment to Sustainable
covers all three dimensions of sustainable development. It was prepared by the
Finnish National Commission on Sustainable Development in close cooperation
with public administration, businesses and civil society organisations.
|Lead ministry/institution in
the SD strategy process
The Prime Minister’s Office is in
charge of coordinating the national sustainable development policy and is
also responsible for implementing and drawing up the national implementation
plan for Agenda 2030.
The Finnish National Commission on
Sustainable Development prepared the national strategy The Finland We Want by
2050 — Society’s Commitment to Sustainable Development. Society’s Commitment
was updated in early 2016 to be better in line with Agenda 2030, and its
principles, goals and targets. This work was carried out in close dialogue
with the National Commission on Sustainable Development. The National
Commission has a broad membership, encompassing civil society, industry,
business, labour market and educational organisations, as well as
representatives of the government, Parliament, ministries, local and regional
organisations, the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland, the indigenous
Sámi people and other public, private and third sector stakeholders.
The Secretariat of the National
Commission on Sustainable Development supports the work of the Commission. It
consists of the Secretary General, who works at the Ministry of the
Environment, the Deputy Secretary General, who is located at the Prime
Minister’s Office, and other experts.
The Prime Minister’s Office acts
as the Coordination Secretariat. The secretariat includes 2-3 experts which
are responsible of the whole of government wide coordination.
inter-ministerial Coordination Network is responsible for coordinating national sustainable development work and
providing support to the National Commission on Sustainable Development. The
members of the Coordination Network come from all ministries. It supports the
work of the Coordination Secretariat and ensures that all dimensions and
aspects of sustainable development are taken into consideration when
implementing sustainable development Goals and targets on the national level.
The Expert Panel for Sustainable
Development, comprising eminent researchers from different disciplines,
challenges and enhances the work of the National Commission on Sustainable
Development and also adds a critical voice in the sustainability debate, when
needed. The Panel participated in and facilitated the process of updating the
strategy document Society’s Commitment to Sustainable Development. The Expert
panel released a
toolkit to promote sustainable systemic transformation in Finland in March 2020.
|Link to the SD strategy
"The Finland we want by 2050 ─ Society’s Commitment
to Sustainable Development"
|Further information about
the SD strategy process
Society’s Commitment to
Sustainable Development was prepared during a two-year strategy process (2011-2013)
in which some hundreds of organisations representing different sectors of
society participated, along with the National Commission on Sustainable
Development. The final draft was prepared by a strategy group and the National
Commission made the final decision on the strategy document in December
The process to update Society’s Commitment started in February 2016 when a
comprehensive workshop for the National Commission was organised. The
Sustainable Development Expert Panel hosted and facilitated the workshop.
Before the workshop, a questionnaire was sent to the members of the National
Commission. In the questionnaire, they were asked what crucial aspects of
Society’s Commitment needed to be updated the most. After the workshop, two
written drafts were prepared so all views could be harmonised. At a meeting in
April 2016, the National Commission approved the final version of the updated
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