Finland’s national strategy on sustainable development was renewed in 2013. Instead of a traditional strategy document the National Commission on Sustainable Development decided to introduce Society’s Commitment to Sustainable Development, ”The Finland we want by 2050”. With this the commitment, the public sector, together with other actors, pledges to promote sustainable development in all its work and operations.
Society’s Commitment to Sustainable Development is a shared long-term vision of the Finland we want to have in the future. The commitment is founded on a common understanding of the need for change. Under the commitment, the actors agree on practices and objectives to secure a good life now and for the future generations. The various actors in the society commit to take measures that contribute to the achievement of the common objectives of Society’s Commitment.
The aim of the commitment is to improve the impacts and performance of sustainable development policies and respond to the challenge posed to national governments in the final document of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development, known as Rio+20 to commemorate the 20th Anniversary of the 1992 Rio Earth Summit.
The task of the panel of experts set up alongside the National Commission on Sustainable Development is to prepare, challenge and evaluate the work of the commission and progress made in Society’s Commitment. The panel is hosted by the Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra.