Public Seminar

Sustainability –Action or empty commitments?

VITRI and the Dept. of Forest Sciences are organising a Public Seminar as part of the international forestry course (Managing Sustainable Forest Landscapes) at the Helsinki Summer School.

In recent years, governments of practically all nations of the world have made landmark agreements that will shape the future of human development and the planet - Sustainable Development Goals, Agenda 2030 and Paris Climate Agreement - just to mention the most important ones.

Are we really taking steps towards sustainability? Does the signing of the Paris Climate Agreement mean that climate change is under control? Are we making progress globally? What about Finland?

Looking critically at developments in implementation of the Paris Climate Agreement and on progress towards Sustainable Development Goals one can ask: Are these commitments just empty words of political and business leaders or are they really offering solutions? Who really cares about the future? What kind of trade-offs and synergies are there with different commitments and goals?

The speakers and panelists of the Public Seminar “Sustainability – Action or empty commitments?” will address the above questions and bring insights on possible ways forward.

Presentations, including:

- Seminar opening, Jari Niemelä, Rector, University of Helsinki

- Key note speech, Kimmo Tiilikainen, Minister for Environment and Energy

- Key note speech, Oras Tynkkynen, Senior Adviser, The Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra

Panel discussion, including:

- Eeva Furman, Professor, Finnish Environment Institute SYKE

- Marja Järvelä, Professor, University of Jyväskylä

- Jussi Impiö, Senior expert, Demos Helsinki

Date: Wednesday, August 22, 2018
Time: 08:30 – 12:30
Location: Eurooppasali, Malminkatu 16, Kamppi, Helsinki (Map location)

Please, remember to register to the seminar by using the following link: ----- [Registration closed]

The seminar is free of charge and open to everyone.