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Finnish National Commission on Sustainable Development

Suomen Kestävän Kehityksen Toimikunta


Composition and Membership

The Finnish National Commission on Sustainable Development (FNCSD) is chaired by the Finnish Prime Minister. It also comprises high level ministers, government officials, business and industry representatives, municipal governments, church groups, trade unions, NGOs and representatives from the scientific community.

Independent panel of scientific experts was established in the early 2014 and it is hosted by the Finnish Innovation Fund (Sitra). The expert panel scans the main obstacles and research concerning sustainable development, raises questions that should be taken into discussion and gives input to the work of the Finnish National Commission on Sustainable development. It also evaluates the implementation process of Society’s commitment to sustainable development and gives advice for it´s development.

The work of the FNCSD is outlined and prepared by an inter-ministerial secretariat, which operates as a network and convenes 8-10 times a year. The secretariat comprises about 20 members from different ministries, each taking the lead in preparations for themes within their area of expertise.

The Secretariat of the FNCSD (Secretary General, Deputy Secretary General and Assistant) located at the Ministry of the Environment.


Brochure: The Finland We Want by 2050

The National Commission on Sustainable Development


 Role and Functions

A primary role of the FNCSD is to design Finland's national strategy for sustainable development. Its 2006 strategy is entitled ‘Towards sustainable choices: A nationally and globally sustainable Finland’. The strategy is based on a holistic understanding of sustainability, and reflects good practice across the range of strategy criteria. In particular, the strategy and the assessment of the strategy are supported by indicators and rigorous analysis of trends and policies.

At a strategy level, the FNCSD joined a group of 18 experts, civil servants etc. working for the MoE to prepare a proposal for the society´s commitment to sustainable development “The Finland we want by 2050”. The proposal was approved in December 2013. The vision of the Society’s commitment is a prosperous Finland within the limits of the carrying capacity of nature.

Through the commitment, the government and the administration, in collaboration with companies, organizations and citizens, pledge to promote sustainable development in all their work and operations.

In order to make the vision for 2050 a reality, Finland will focus on achieving the following objectives.

1. Equal prospects for well-being
2. A participatory society for citizens
3. Sustainable work
4. Sustainable local communities
5. A carbon-neutral society
6. An economy that is resource-wise
7. Lifestyles that respect the carrying capacity of nature
8. Decision-making that respects nature

In order to reach the eight objectives, operational commitments will be established with administrative sectors and other societal actors, such as companies, municipalities, organizations, educational institutions and local operators.The operational commitments include concrete measures, changes in operating procedures and innovative trials that promote the shared goals. The commitments have to be new and measurable.The commitments are recorded on a web-based database, where their progress will also be monitored with the help of process indicators.All commitments are available on the website

The FNCSD is also involved in the Finnish Network for Sustainable Development Indicators, which was established in 2010. The SD Indicators Network and the indicator network of the Prime Minister´s Office have been merged. To illustrate the Commitment and monitor the progress, a set of sustainable development indicators have been adopted in spring 2014. The new set of indicators is both the national set of SD indicators and the indicators of society's commitment to sustainable development.Indicators are located in the service, which offers up-to-date information on key social indicators: