When talking about Sustainable Development, the discussion is often centered around the fact that his world will soon be handed over to the youth. Despite this, it is not often that youth take the lead in these kinds of discussions. It is therefore the aim of ReGeneration 2030 to create a transnational youth movement for sustainable development, and a learning platform across generation.
ReGeneration 2030 is a movement where young people from the Nordic and Baltic Sea regions (The region includes: Denmark, Estonia, the Faroe Islands, Finland, Germany, Greenland, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Russia, Sweden and the Åland Islands) can discuss and propose solutions to established leaders from a cross-sectoral perspective.
During august 2018 the first annual ReGeneration 2030 summit was held on the Åland Islands where around 100 young people, in the ages between 15-29 from the region participated to discuss solutions and actions focusing on SDG12 – Responsible Consumption and Production. During the summit the participants did not only get to experience the beautiful city of Mariehamn on the Åland Islands but also participate in workshops provided by among others Filippa K, Baltic University Programme, SIANI Youth, and Zero Waste Latvija. At the end of the summit the participants gathered in the parliament building for Åland to decide on the movements first manifesto. The manifesto includes a series of demands and commitments from young people to policy makers, business leaders, civil society and academia. The manifesto has since the first summit been presented a number of events and presented to senior officials, as well as been represented at COP24 in Katowice, Poland.
As we encounter 2019 the movement grows fast and the new steering committee, including representatives from Hanafolmen, Ålands Natur och Miljö, Baltic University Programme, BSSC, SDSN Youth in Northern Europe, and SDSN Youth Russia, is already planning for the next summit taking pace 24-26 of August on the Åland Islands.
This summit will focus on Sustainable Development Goal 12 and 13, with the title Changing climate, changing lifestyles” where we strive to come up with concrete actions for the implementation and relation between the two goals. The applications for participants will open shortly and the movement is constantly looking for new members and volunteers. Visit regeneration2030.org to find out more about how to engage.
The steering committee members would like to specially thank ReGeneration 2030’s current funders: The Nordic Council of Minister, the Provincial Governement of Åland, Swedish Institute and The Nordic Institute on Åland.
Karin Bylund is the Network Coordinator for SDSN Youth in Northern Europe and project manager at Gothenburg Centre for Sustainable Development. She has a background in the Swedish civil society with wide experience from working with issues related to youth empowerment and higher education. She currently serves as the secretary and SDSN Youth in Northern Europe's representative in the ReGeneration 2030 steering committee.