Shared Goals

1. Equal prospects for well-being

All members of society will be guaranteed equal prospects for health, education and employment. We will hold to a high standard of education and general knowledge, while also promoting social mobility. Sustainable development will be integrated into primary education, the education of all specialised fields and lifelong learning. We will reduce inequality by ensuring an adequate livelihood and basic social security. We will pay special attention to the well-being of children and young people. We will ensure equivalent welfare services and equal access to all welfare services. We will support the recognition of cultural rights and we will strengthen cultural values that support sustainable development. We will support possibilities for the indigenous Sámi people to practice their own culture in accordance with sustainable development and to transmit their culture from one generation to the next.

We will do what we can to eliminate extreme poverty and reduce inequality and discrimination in the world. We will fulfil our development cooperation commitments

2. A participatory society for citizens

We will strengthen democracy and promote equal opportunities for all persons to influence their own lives and common issues. We will especially support the participation of young people in the society. We will make administration more transparent: open and public information increases the trust of citizens and their chances of influencing societal issues. We will promote cultural activity, diversity, equality and tolerance, so that all citizens, including different minorities, can fully take part in developing our society.

We will actively participate in international cooperation that promotes peace and security, human rights and sustainable development.

3. Sustainable work

The measures we will undertake to achieve a more sustainable economy include increasing jobs and improving the productivity, profitability and quality of work. Our goal is a high employment rate. We will promote the creation of jobs in the green economy. We will develop our education and social security systems, in accordance with the need for new expertise, the needs of the employment market and the measures needed to secure an adequate livelihood. We will support the employment of young people, harness the expertise of immigrants and provide employment opportunities for those with a reduced capacity to work. We will promote entrepreneurship and innovation and develop the service sector.

We will help the industrial sector in its regeneration process, aiming at more value-added and high-productivity jobs. We will improve the quality of employment by increasing the opportunities for employees to have an influence on their work and on developments in their work environments, and by providing opportunities for flexible working methods and schedules.

4. Sustainable local communities

The measures we will undertake to achieve a more sustainable economy include increasing jobs and improving the productivity, profitability and quality of work. Our goal is a high employment rate. We will promote the creation of jobs in the green economy. We will develop our education and social security systems, in accordance with the need for new expertise, the needs of the employment market and the measures needed to secure an adequate livelihood. We will support the employment of young people, harness the expertise of immigrants and provide employment opportunities for those with a reduced capacity to work. We will promote entrepreneurship and innovation and develop the service sector.

We will help the industrial sector in its regeneration process, aiming at more value-added and high-productivity jobs. We will improve the quality of employment by increasing the opportunities for employees to have an influence on their work and on developments in their work environments, and by providing opportunities for flexible working methods and schedules.

5. A carbon-neutral society

Our objective is a carbon-neutral society. To achieve this objective, we will follow a national roadmap1 towards a carbon-neutral society by the year 2050. The central measures to be undertaken for reaching this objective are improving energy efficiency, increasing the share of renewable energy sources, and developing the low-carbon sectors of the economy. We will develop intelligent and interconnected structures, such as transport and energy systems, that enable and promote the use of renewable energy sources and energy savings, while also encouraging people to reduce energy consumption. We will invest in the development of innovative energy technologies and forms of energy, as well as new businesses.

6. An economy that is resource-wise

Finland and Finns will promote and offer sustainable and competitive solutions, both nationally and globally. We will increase resource efficiency, as well as create business models that boost the productivity of natural resources and test them. Our companies will be globally respected for their socially responsible business operations.

The wise utilisation of resources and knowledge that is open to all will provide a competitive advantage to companies and communities and a basis for environmental business. Finland will offer the best test market and operating environment in the world for environmental innovation and a sustainable economy. We will invest, in particular, in clean technology, high-quality research, the bioeconomy and renewable energy, as well as in the development and production of non-material goods and services. Finland will pioneer sustainable food production and forestry.

7. Lifestyles that respect the carrying capacity of nature

We will do what we can to bring the global consumption of natural resources to an environmentally sustainable level by the year 2050. We will focus on encouraging both consumers and companies to reduce their ecological footprints. We will make it as easy and cost-effective as possible for consumers to make consumption choices that conserve natural resources in housing, transport and food. We will encourage companies and communities to offer sustainably produced products and services to consumers. We will strengthen attitudes that value sustainable choices in our operations. We will support lifestyles based on non-material consumption and services that sustain such lifestyles.

8. Decision-making that respects nature

We will foster people’s respect for biodiversity and raise their awareness of its importance, so that administration, municipalities, companies and citizens will consider it in their own decision-making and actions. The goal is to stop the loss of biodiversity by 2020.

We will strengthen guidance that promotes biodiversity and the sustainable use of natural resources and that respects proprietary rights. We will increase our understanding of the importance of ecosystem services for people’s well-being. We will redirect environmentally harmful incentives, while considering social, economic and cultural conditions in a balanced manner. We will promote the use of scientific research data to support decision-making

Published 2015-05-15 at 15:48, updated 2015-06-16 at 9:40