The International Conference “Nordic-Baltic Children & Youth in the transformation to become a Sustainable Changemakers”
took place in Scandic Helsinki Aviacongress Hotel, Vantaa, Finland from December 02-04, 2021.
The event brought 77 participants from 6 different countries to discuss the role of children and young people in reaching the SDGs and global cooperation in building the future they want.
The Conference included two-panel discussions and five working groups, with 17 speakers.
At the Conference, participants and experts were sharing their experiences about their journey to SDGs, give their training feedback and good practices, and use the educational content to deepen understanding of the issue.
The International Conference was the project`s “Nordic-Baltic journey to the sustainable development goals through gender equality approach” summarizing event what brought together all partners from 6 countries and interested institutions/experts to make a change and see the change thought the new changemakers across Nordic-Baltic regions.
The key presentation were delivered by Jenni Kauppila (UNA, Finland), Zahra Bayati (University of Gothenburg, Sweden), Ivan Vasilevskikh (ZBC Roskilde/ Crossing Borders, Denmark), Reet Laja (Director of Estonian Women’s Studies and Resource Centre), Susanne Kallanvaara and Gustav Karlsson, (Teachers at Burgårdens Gymnasium, Sweden), and Varies Liepins (Talent City, Latvia) and Ekaterina Alekseeva (parents representative, Russia).
At the Conference have attended many children and youngsters an age from 15 to 26. Of course the conference central stage was given for children and youth, where their have shared own opinion and experience between each other, asked many questions, criticized some ideas and thoughts of the present politicians/ decision-makers and provided own vision on the children and youth role in achievement of sustainable development, their impact on the future of the region to live in most dynamic, sustainable and integrated region in the world by 2030.
Youngsters have developed their knowledge about UN SDGs in the context of the globalized world, as well as enhanced their capacity to be agents of change and their engagement towards achieving 17 sustainable development goals (SDGs) in their daily activities by sharing experience and advancing understanding on SDG from a gender point of view.
- Conference materials and summary of youth discussions here.
- Conference video recording
- Conference pictures
Within the project time, innovation and sustainability were encouraged to address effectively complex problems on reaching the UN SDGs and develop solutions for them by gender equality approach. The project increased communication across the Nordic region and improved with Baltics & North Russia by developing new informational/educational resources designed by young people for young people – on SDG issues.
Participants recognized the benefits of working together across cultural boundaries as we share common goals and a common future.
Project was supported by Nordic Culture Point
Participation of Estonian delegation was also supported by National Foundation of Civil Society