Sustainable development is an ongoing and structured process where society undergoes changes with the aim of securing desirable living conditions for the current and future generations.
Sustainable development is promoted through international policy work, where nations prepare agreements with binding commitments. Finland's national sustainable development work will be carried out in line with the policies of the United Nations, the European Union, the Arctic Council and the Nordic Council of Ministers.
Especially the conclusions reached at the UN's sustainable development follow-up conference (Rio+20) serve as an important framework for Finland's national sustainable development work.
The Finnish National Commission on Sustainable Development is responsible for adapting international sustainable development goals into Finland’s national policies.
The results of the sustainable development work will be tracked through a national indicator programme.
Society’s Commitment to Sustainability
Finland’s national strategy for sustainable development "Towards sustainable choices - A nationally and globally sustainable Finland" has been revised. Along with the revision of the strategy, a national concept "Society’s Commitment to Sustainability" has been launched.
Society’s Commitment to Sustainability has been prepared by a wide-ranging strategy group.
Through the commitment, the government and the administration, in collaboration with various societal actors, pledge to promote sustainable development in all their work and operations.
Society’s Commitment to Sustainability was officially accepted in December 2013.
Sustainable development indicators
To illustrate the Society's Commitment and monitor the progress, a set of sustainable development indicators have been adopted. Findicator.fi service offers up-to-date information on key social indicators: