Helsinki is hosting Sustainable Cities Discussion Forum


The Finnish capital of Helsinki and the United Nations University World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU-WIDER) joined forces to organize an event centered around sustainable development.

According to the Sustainable Helsinki official website, the Sustainable Cities Discussion Forum aims to provide an insight into the progress made by cities and countries which committed themselves to achieving the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals by the year 2030. The event can be joined live at Helsinki City Hall or online.

The United Nations approved the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in 2015 as a universal call to action to end poverty, safeguard the environment, and ensure that by 2030, everyone lives in peace and prosperity.

Professor Martha Chen, a Harvard Kennedy School affiliate, will speak about the significance of informal work in today’s rapidly changing economy at the inaugural event today.

Following that, a panel featuring Affiliate Professor Chen, Mayor of Helsinki Juhana Vartiainen, Emeritus Professor Jo Beall, and Community Coordinator Mohamed Ghonam will address what is being done to ensure long-term economic growth and decent jobs for all.

Born in Helsinki, the United Nations University World Institute for Development Economics Research conducts economic research and policy guidance in order to promote sustainable and equitable development. It began as the United Nations University’s first research center. It is now a one-of-a-kind think tank, research center, and UN agency.

Denise Wall, a former Yle News reporter who is now the Agency Director of Spoon Finland, will moderate the event at Helsinki City Hall.

Helsinki, according to mayor Vartiainen’s vision, must continue to develop as a sustainable city where citizens of all ages may enjoy a high quality of life. This event is another great example of Helsinki’s commitment to sustainable development. (photo credit: CoxinhaFotos/Pixabay)