Monitoring and discussion on the state of sustainable development

The service is for open, knowledge-based discussion on the state of sustainable development. It was designed and is being maintained by the Prime Minister’s Office together with the Finnish National Commission on Sustainable Development.

The purpose of the monitoring and discussion that arises is to

  • create a comprehensive picture of how Finland succeeds in promoting sustainable development and
  • identify the pain points in sustainable development and challenges for consistent policies.

The Prime Minister’s Office and the Finnish National Commission on Sustainable Development will read the discussions and pick out topics to be promoted in various ways. The key messages are compiled and presented at the annual event on the state and future of sustainable development each May.

Monitoring

The monitoring is based on the Society’s Commitment to Sustainable Development, “The Finland we want by 2050”. The Society’s Commitment is Finland’s way of implementing the global 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development of the United Nations and its Sustainable Development Goals.

The eight objectives of the commitment present the target state for sustainable development in Finland in 2050. The Finnish National Commission on Sustainable Development defined the objectives in 2013.

Progress towards the target state is monitored by means of 10 indicator baskets linked to the commitment. The indicators were defined in spring 2017 by the network of experts that carries out the monitoring.

Each basket contains 4 to 5 indicators. The state of the indicators in each basket is updated on an annual basis. In connection with the update the public authority who knows the content of the basket provides an interpretation of the indicators where the state of the basket is considered from the perspective of sustainable development. The updating of the baskets takes place between September and May. There is a preliminary estimate of the time of update for each basket.

Interpretations lead to open discussion

The initial interpretation is how the significance of the change in the indicator values is seen from the perspective of sustainable development. However, a pluralistic society is built upon varying and even conflicting interpretations. The Prime Minister's Office and the Finnish National Commission on Sustainable Development encourage researchers, experts and citizens to present varying interpretations that also help to identify the challenges for a consistent policy linked to sustainable development.

The indicator basket website presents the link to the objectives of the Society’s Commitment and the role of the topics in promoting sustainable development. The interpretation made in cooperation between the key research institutes and ministries presents the changes in the indicators and what they mean from the perspective of sustainable development.

Readers are welcome to comment on the changes in the indicators and how these should be interpreted.

You may participate by telling

  • what you think about the significance or reasons of the changes in the indicators
  • about research on these topics
  • about policy options or solutions by which sustainable development can be promoted. 

Due technical limitations, comments can be submitted only at the Finnish language version of the site. You can leave your comment in English, but you need to move to the Finnish language version of the site to do that.

 

Contact information

Sami Pirkkala, Senior specialist 
Prime Minister's Office, Politiikka-analyysiyksikkö 0295160487