From Agenda to Action – The Implementation of the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals and the Power of Cities
In recent years it has become clear that many of the world’s greatest transformations from digitalization to climate change make their most profound impacts at the local level, writes the Mayor of Helsinki, Jan Vapaavuori, on the Helsinki Impact Conference blog.
Cities are the new powerhouses of the world, and now build a global community much like nation-states before them. The desire to move our role from a mere implementor to the setting of the global agenda is shared among many cities. As mayors, we are responsible for providing the best possible conditions for the everyday lives of our citizens. Increasingly, this means responsibility b... Read more »
Helsinki is actively bolstering its international reputation together with local companies in the technology sector. A new marketing campaign is being launched in September to test what type of image could attract international talent to move permanently to Helsinki.
Taivallahti comprehensive school sets up a pop up school at Oodi on Friday, 13 September. The pop up school will cover a number of themes, one of them being citizen and European Union.
The event, which is open to everyone, offers visitors a chance to learn how comprehensive schools carry out phenomenon-based learning, among other things. In the Maijansali space on the first floor of Oodi, some of the subject-matter experts of Taivallahti comprehensive school, teachers and learners, will be showcasing their way of carrying out a period of phenomenon-based learning. ... Read more »
Finnish startup campus Maria 01, owned by the owners of the Nordic’s biggest startup conference Slush, City of Helsinki and The Finnish Enterprise Agencies, has begun the expansion to become Europe’s largest growth company campus.
The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions IFLA nominated library Oodi as the ‘Public Library of the Year’. The City of Helsinki is extremely proud for the achievement and recognises the participatory design process as one of the major reasons for the success.
- Oodi was designed together with customers for a long period of time. We received more than 2,000 ideas from customers to serve as the basis of the architectural competition. ALA Architects designed an amazing and unique building that takes all the elements most desired by customers into account. The customers immediately made Oodi their own, which is our greatest success. ... Read more »
If you are a parent, a housing company representative or just a citizen who feels anxious about climate change, then you will find solutions and new thoughts by participating in Climate School during Helsinki Design Week.
Climate School will feature several top experts, who add to the understanding of influential climate actions. The event is arranged in the City Hall lobby on 9–13 September. The lessons of Climate School will feature in-depth looks at themes affecting climate change, such as traffic, housing, food and construction. The event is free of charge and the visitors can take part in one or ... Read more »
Are you interested in Finnish school system? Do you want to see phenomenon-based learning in action? Come to visit pop up school in Central Library Oodi, on 29-30 August!
Two Helsinki-based comprehensive schools, Hiidenkivi and Ressu comprehensive schools, will set up a two-day pop up school at Oodi this week. The pop up school is open to everyone, and offers visitors a chance to learn how comprehensive schools carry out phenomenon-based learning. On the second floor of Oodi, in the Kuutio space, some of the subject-matter experts, teachers and 50 l... Read more »
The preparatory work that was launched jointly with the Helsinkians at the end of 2018 has been completed save the voting.
Helsinki Mayor Jan Vapaavuori has confirmed the list of OmaStadi budget proposals that advance to voting based on development work that has been carried out jointly by the residents and by municipal experts. “Helsinki is the first city in the world to have extended participatory budgeting to such large swaths of the municipal divisions. We are pioneers also due to the fact that we en... Read more »
Having completed its Sustainable Development Report in June, Helsinki is handing it over to the UN at the follow-up conference on 18 July, as the first European city. Mayor Jan Vapaavuori will speak to the UN on the occasion.
The High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development – HLPF is held in New York on 9–19 July 2019. The UN’s most important conference on sustainable development, the HLPF assesses global progress towards the goals stated in the Agenda 2030 action programme for sustainable development. Kicked off in 2015, the Agenda 2030 action programme aims at eradication of extreme poverty and... Read more »
Helsinki ranks 10th best in the world as a city for cyclists in the new edition of the Copenhagenize Index. Copenhagenize’s assessment acknowledges Helsinki’s ambitious goals for cycling, plans for an extensive cycling route network and the construction of new routes.
Reetta Keisanen, Cycling Coordinator at City of Helsinki, is delighted with the award. - The construction of state-of-the-art cycling routes in Helsinki is a result of work carried out over several years. It’s magnificent that our work wins an international award. It tells us that we’re on the right course, and we’ll continue our efforts so we’ll climb on the index step by step, Keis... Read more »