Conference 2023
“Civil Society Ideas for a sustainable Green Future of Europe”

To discuss the contribution of civil society and the promotion of cooperation with business and state sectors in meeting the goals of sustainable development, and to raise awareness of CSOs about sustainable lifestyles, environmental protection and circular economy and overconsumption, introducing good practices, innovative methodologies and existing solutions.

Green Habito Annual Meeting & Conference 2023 “Civil Society Ideas for the sustainable green Future of Europe“ is a three-day event (26th, 27th and 28th May 2023) that will include an intensive programme of high-level discussions, working groups, development of the civil society initiatives and which brings together a unique network of civil society representatives, the purpose of which is to discuss the contribution of civil society and the promotion of cooperation with business and state sectors in meeting the goals of sustainable development, and to raise civil society’s international capacity and awareness of sustainable lifestyles, environmental protection and the important topics of the green economy, including about the circular economy and overconsumption.

Target group: annual meeting and conference  is open to all members of Green Habito Network,  interested individuals, representatives from public, private and civil society sectors whose work is connected directly or indirectly with sustainability politics, civil society and the UN SDG-s. We welcome environmental organisations, youth organisations, educational institutions, green industry leaders, academics, researchers, legislators, planners and policy specialists in all relevant areas tackling sustainability and green economy questions, representatives from International institutions, intergovernmental organisations, governments, ministries or departments, international donors, national and regional climate change organisations. For international participants a total of 50 places are available.


The programme will consist of plenary lectures and speeches, panel discussions, workshops, study visits, a round table and World Café discussions involving all participants. Participants will be expected to share their experiences – and emphasise to younger participants their perspectives on the ‘art of the possible.

The Conference topics will cover: 

• Social transformation, climate change and environmental protection
• Civil society, government and business networks are taking the circular economy and innovation to the next level
• Researching current consumption patterns and integrating a sustainable lifestyle
• The role of civil society organizations in fighting for the green transition and sustainable development


• Representatives of Green Habito network members (mainly from Nordic-Baltic and EU regions) / interested parties / EU and national officials / international organizations and businesses, specialists in the field of UN Sustainable Development Goals (researchers), representatives of public order, development policy or other relevant fields.
• Associated with or responsible for the current or planned work of its organization in implementing the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals
• Able to communicate in English
• Possibility to participate in the whole 3-day event


Hestia Hotel Europa is situated in Tallinn city centre, right between the city’s sea gate of passenger port, fast-growing Rotermann block and medieval old town. Four-star Tallinn hotel is focused on business- and conference clients, as its versatile conference centre capacitates events with as many as 700 guests. At the same time the hotel is valued for its spacious and comfortable rooms, therefore offering a perfect stopover for every guest who appreciates convenience and good location! The conference fee consists of accommodation in shared rooms, food, local transport and a cultural programme. Private rooms are available on request for an additional fee.


The working language is English.


This Conference is designed as a hybrid event with most participants attending live but some, from Covid-19, constrained countries, joining virtually.


The delegates are invited to participate in European Annual Conference by submitting their applications.

If your application has been accepted, we request each delegate to confirm their participation in 5 days by sending a letter to  or by phone +358 404145844 / +37253267778


There is no participation fee for local young participants (age 16-26 years) until the quite will be filled out.
For all other foreign adults and organisation representatives’ participation fee is 250 EUR
The participation fee for local participants (Estonians) is 100 EUR

The fee is to be paid onto the following bank account:
Account holder: Sillamae Lastekaitse Uhing
IBAN account: EE861010552012406004 SEB Bank
Amount: in accordance with your status


DAY ONE.Friday, 26th May 2023.
OFFICIAL CONFERENCE DAY at Hestia Hotel Europa (East Europe room)

09.00 – 10.00 Registration and coffee
10.00 – 11.00 Opening and keynote Speeches :
– Kaupo Heinma, Deputy Secretary General at Ministry of Climate of Estonia
– Christer Haglund, Director of Nordic Council of Ministers´ Office in Estonia
– Ursula Roosma, Director of British Council Estonia
– Janne Rajala, President, Green Habito
– Mayri Tiido, Founder and CEO of Lowmerism

11.00 – 12.15 1st Panel discussion with Invited guests and participation of public *

Empowering Social transformation by investing in environment protection and fighting climate change.

Moderator: Ms. Anneli Ohvril, Let`s Do it World Foundation (Estonia)


  • Kaidi Tamm, Sustainable Development Programme Senior Expert, Stockholm Environment Institute Tallinn (Estonia)
  • Jenni Kaupila, Advocacy officer of UNA Finland (member of Finnish NGDO Platform (Finland) online
  • Oksana Skaldina, Postdoctoral Researcher (University of Eastern Finland)
  • Iulia Halangescu, IFK Coordinator (Sweden)
  • Christian Hansen, Copenhagen Business Academy (Denmark)

12.15 – 12.30 Coffee-Time

12.30 – 14.00 2nd Panel discussion with Invited guests and participation of public *

Civil society, government and business networks to take circular economy, urban development and innovation to next level

Moderator of the conference: Amb. Hatem Atallah

  • Michael Søgaard Jørgensen, Aalborg University (Denmark) online
  • Krista Kampus, Head of Tallinn – European Green Capital 2023, city of Tallinn (Estonia)
  • Tove Lund,  Strategy Manager for Sustainable Living, The City of Göteborg (Sweden)
  • Mayri Tiido, Founder and CEO of Lowmerism (Estonia)
  • Michael G. Kavuklis, President of the House of Europe in Rhodes (Greece)

14.00 – 15.00 Lunch

15.00 – 16.15 3rd Panel discussion with Invited guests and participation of public *

The role of Civil Society Organisation for tackling green transition and sustainable development

Moderator: Amb. Hatem Atallah


  • Laufey Líndal Ólafsdóttir, Head of Pepp, grasrótarstarfi fólks í fátækt (Iceland)
  • Adel Albaghdadi, We Organisation (Netherlands)
  • Laura Maria Rajala, coordinator of Fimigrant RY (Finland)
  • Balqis Khattab, IKF youth worker (Sweden)
  • Germa Morris, Peace Child Estonia (Estonia)

16.15 – 16.30 Coffee-Time

16.30 – 17.30 Workshop “How can we make the EU energy independent on 100% Green Energy by 2030?” – Ingrid Nielsen, Advocacy Expert, Renewable Energy, Estonian Fund for Nature

17.30 – 18.00 Conference concluding remarks (Amb. Hatem Attallah, moderator)

19.00 – 21.00 Official Dinner

DAY TWO Saturday, 27th May, 2023
(Panel discussion, workshops, study visits and networking day) in Hestia Hotel Europe

09.00 – 10.30 Report Back & Discuss agreements & ideas from Friday’s sessions

Recruit volunteers to serve on Drafting Group of Network statement
10.30 – 12.00 4th Panel discussion with Invited guests and participation of public *

Examining current consumption patterns and integrating sustainable lifestyle

Moderator:  Vassili Golikov, Programme Director of Sillamäe Society for Child Welfare (Estonia)


  • Tove Lund,  Strategy Manager for Sustainable Living, The City of Göteborg (Sweden)
  • Laufey Líndal Ólafsdóttir, Head of Pepp, grasrótarstarfi fólks í fátækt (Iceland)
  • Heidi Solba, President of Lets do it World (Estonia)
  • Kristine Meek Stokke, president of the young ambassadors program (Norway)
  • Ivan Vasilevskikh, Coordinator of Folkevirke (Denmark)

12.00 – 12.15 Coffee break

12.15 – 13.00 Four workshops:

  • “Integrating SDGs into strategies and practices: how to construct change” – German Morris, Peace Child Estonia
  • “How do you know what’s cool about sustainable development?” – Saandra Jaanika, Fridays For Future Estonia
  • “Green growth and waste management”, Heidi Solba, Let’s do it World
  • “Exchange of best practices by partners and practising them for reach communities”  – All partners representatives

13.00 – 14.00 Working in groups:

  • I Group: development of joint statement on Circular economy and reducing overconsumption;
  • II Group: development of proposal for policy-makers on more involvement of CSOs into achievement of SDGs;
  • III Group: development of joint initiatives / project plans between NGOs and other actors on local level to promote sustainable lifestyle and green innovative solutions for social transformation;

14.00 – 15.00 Lunch 

15.00 – 16.00 Presentation and networking of the results of workshops and working group (Presentation of joint statement draft and civil society project proposals for decision and policy makers on SDGs)

15.30 – 18.00 Study Visits and Networking (list of organisation to be confirmed) across Tallinn

19.00 – 20.00 Dinner and Free evening.

DAY THREE Sunday, 28th May 2023 Conference results presentation and summary

11.00 – 12.00 Presentation of the conference results (Proposals for policy makers on Circular economy and reducing overconsumption, CSOs capacity in SDGs; European Network “Green Habito” statement on the role of Civil Society Organisation for tackling green transition and sustainable development

12.00 – 13.00 Follow up activities, Call for local community projects 2023, Presentation of Tallinn Green Capital agenda and summary of the conference”

13.00 – 14.00 Coffee break

14.00 – 18.00 Annual meeting of the network board in Hestia Hotel Europa.

*The Organizer reserves the right to amend any part of the Event format, agenda or programme if necessary at any time.

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The conference is supported by National Foundation of Civil Society, British Council and by Nordic Council Of Ministers’ Support Program for Non-Governmental Organisations Cooperation between the Nordic and Baltic Countries.

Contact information and any technical or content question please turn to: Laura Nieminen ( or to local host coordinator: Vassili Golikov, (

The Conference is supported by the National Civil Society Foundation, British Council and the Nordic Council of Ministers Estonian office.