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Three years have passed. Much has happened throughout the three first years. We are glad to announce that the ReGeneration 2030 Movement has formally applied to become a foundation. This is an important step in the transformation process leading to becoming a strong voice for youth in the Agenda 2030 in the Nordic and Baltic Sea Regions.


Starting with discussions on the Åland islands, a seed for a new youth movement was born in 2017. The idea was to gather initiatives, campaigns and organisations in the regional vicinity that work with Agenda 2030 and youth issues. Several partners quickly joined the network and created a unified platform where youth could meet like-minded people. After some Nordic partners were attracted, the same development took place in the other Baltic Sea countries. ReGeneration 2030 - as the movement came to be called - encompasses 14 countries and autonomous regions in the Nordic and Baltic Sea regions. Funding from the Nordic Council of Ministers, the Åland Provincial Government, the Swedish Institute and the Council of the Baltic Sea States provided the opportunity for the appointment of a coordinator 2017–2020. The Nordic Institute on Åland (NIPÅ) took the responsibility to act as a project organisation. It was decided that the movement's main meeting points - the “summits” - would take place on the Åland islands in August each year.

Summit 2018

The first Summit in August 2018 was a success with over 110 participants from 13 countries and regions. During the Summit, a manifesto for the movement was adopted, stating the vision of sustainable consumption and production with demands and commitments. After the Summit, the movement was invited to a number of different high-level meetings to represent the voice of young people. The Baltic Sea Parliamentary Conference, COP24 and the High Level Community Planning Forum in St. Petersburg are some examples. The movement has also been featured in IKEA's international sustainability report.

Summit 2019

The second Summit had a special focus on climate issues and how consumption impacts that. Also, the Summit was developed with a "Sustainable festival" which was also aimed at the general public. In total, 200 people were engaged. As a result of the second Summit, the White Monday movement grew stronger and gained a firmer foothold in the region. Several participants at the Summit have also been invited to meetings, conferences and festivals regarding sustainable consumption and climate-smart lifestyles. For instance, a representative of the movement met the Nordic prime ministers with a demand letter together with other Nordic youth representatives. The movement was also represented at COP25 and other events.

Summit 2020

In 2020, following the pandemic, the Summit was held digitally with up to 170 active participants and around 250 participants including the local hubs.


Following the end of the formal project after this year’s Summit, the previous project organisation – the Nordic Institute on Åland (NIPÅ) – declared that the process of transferring the “brand” to an organisation would begin. One of the main reasons for establishing ReGeneration 2030 as a registered legal entity pertains to the movement’s vision of youth taking the lead. Having young people in charge of the operations without any external administrative power in the background along with formal age restrictions for board membership makes the organisation truly youth-led. A registered entity opens up new possibilities for receiving funding and enter into agreements.


The board of the newly founded organisation wishes to invite you to take part in the next phase of the movement and will share the many ways through which youth can get involved as this movement has been and should continue to be built and run by active youth from the region. We especially encourage you to save the date of the 2021 ReGeneration Week which will take place from the 28th of August to the 1st of September 2021. The Week, of which the Summit is an integral part, is organised in conjunction with a range of partner organisations. The Week is being announced as the main international highlights during the celebration of Åland’s 100 years of autonomy and of the coming Finnish chairmanship programme of the Nordic Council.


We hope you understand that the website will undergo a revision and that contact persons have changed. We look forward to our future collaboration.

Bára Örk Melsted

Chairperson

Iceland


Paulius Serapinas

Vice chairperson

Lithuania


Simon Holmström

Acting Secretary General

Åland



Despite a global pandemic and unprecedented global challenges, ReGeneration 2030 hosted their third annual Summit on the 20th and 21st of August. More than ever young people need to come together and find ways to take action, so creative thinking was applied and a completely new format was created, using the tools of technology to connect youth across the region via Zoom, while they were able to meet physically in local hubs.


More than 150 people took part, either online, in physical hubs, as speakers and including the organisers. Around 120 young people met for inspiring programming, around 50 participating online and 70 young people met in person in local hubs in Krakow, Greifswald, Reykjavik, Stockholm, Copenhagen, Helsinki, Tallinn, Vilnius, St Petersburg and Kiev. Covering 13 countries and autonomous regions and spanning four time zones, the participants were still able to experience the regional diversity which makes the ReGeneration 2030 Summit such a powerful experience!


The power of youth

Jonas Færgeman, Chairman of ReGeneration 2030 was impressed with the dedication of the participants:


"This year proved once again to me that there is no end to the energy and willpower of young activists! One cannot help but be inspired by such efforts - in the midst of a climate crisis and global pandemic, it is truly an uplifting experience to witness the passion of this generation when it comes to combating the issues, which endangers us all.”

But he is also aware that there is still a very long way to go and youth cannot get too comfortable anytime soon, but will have to keep the momentum going:


“But we must not rest on our laurels! This year, it is important for us to show the world what we, the youth, can do; it marks the decade-long countdown to the 2030 Agenda. 10 years is our time frame, but I have no doubt we will do anything in our power to reach the deadline, regardless of the amount of assistance we shall receive from any wielder of power!


So from the bottom of my heart, I thank every participant who joined this year's Summit and for making it such a positive reminder of youth power!

Let's get to work!"


Inspiration and call to action

Among the speakers were Paula Lehtomäki, General Secretary of the Nordic Council of Ministers, Tony Addison, Professor of Economics at the University of Copenhagen, as part of a workshop organised by UN Youth of Finland, Annika Lepistö, member of the Nordic Youth delegation and Advisory group for Biodiversity and Anton Zaitsev, PR Manager at the NGO Clean Games.

Alberto Giacometti from Nordregio and the BeUBio project also hosted an inspiring panel of

young entrepreneurs from all over the region who have founded their own sustainable businesses and initiatives.

ReGeneration 2030 also announced and officially launched their partnership with the collaboration platform ACTER with a keynote by founder Emil Vincentz. The platform will support and expand the regional connections and coalition-building efforts of ReGeneration 2030 for the future.


The two days were filled with inspirational speeches, brilliant examples and cases of sustainable action and the chance for all the participants to get to know new people, expand their networks and get started on their work with sustainability, the SDG’s and their own projects!


Accelerating the impact

Friday culminated with an action workshop where every hub and online participant got together in groups to start defining the work and projects they will be taking forward in their local communities during the next year.


The aim is sustained activity in these initial 10 hubs and cities and a steady expansion throughout the region during the upcoming year and beyond. The aim of ReGeneration 2030 is to continuously expand the network of youth taking action on sustainable challenges across the region, and act as a facilitator for growing collaboration and expansion of the work, alongside the aim of including all young people in the work for a more sustainable region. At the end of the Summit, 50 people were active on the ACTER platform. The upcoming weeks will be about consolidating the network of local hubs while ensuring the active participation of this, and previous years’, Summit’s delegates.


Thus begins the exciting work with consolidating ReGeneration 2030 as a legal entity, and the beginning of the planning of next year’s Summit, which will be bigger than ever with the 100-year anniversary of the Åland Islands’ autonomy to organise a full ReGeneration 2030 week with more participants and initiatives than ever before!


Contact:

Head of Communications

Stinne Vognæs

stinnefv@gmail.com


Chairman

Jonas Færgeman

jonasfaergeman@gmail.com


In a Steering Committee meeting on the 3rd of July 2020, the Steering Committee of ReGeneration 2030 decided to begin the process of becoming its own legal entity. Back in 2018, a grant from the Nordic Council of Ministers marked the start of the ReGeneration 2030 movement. Since then, the movement has been hosted as a project by the Nordic Institute on Åland. The initial three years funding come to an end in 2020, which makes the decision to become an independent legal entity the next natural step.


In the meeting, the Steering Committee members accepted the working group’s proposition to begin the formal process of becoming an independent, legal entity. The exact format of the entity will be further investigated in the upcoming weeks and discussed with the Advisory Committee later in the summer.


The new structure of the movement and the official registration is expected to be in place during the Autumn of 2020.



Regeneration 2030 påbörjar processen att bli en juridisk person


I ett styrelsemöte den 3 juli, 2020, fattade ReGeneration 2030s styrelse, beslutet att påbörja processen att omstrukturera rörelsen till en juridisk person. Sedan starten 2018 har ReGeneration 2030 varit huvudsakligen finansierat av Nordiska Ministerrådet, som en ungdomsledt rörelse, där värdskapet legat hos Nordiska Institutet på Åland. I och med att den initiala finansieringen om tre år tar slut under 2020, så innebär förändringen ett naturligt steg för rörelsen.


Under fredagens möte, beslutades därmed att ReGeneration 2030s styrelse, att acceptera arbetsgruppens förslag att bli en självständig juridisk person. Det exakta formatet kommer att utredas under de kommande veckorna och senare diskuteras i samråd med ReGeneration 2030s rådgivande kommitté senare i sommar.


Den nya strukturen och den officiella registreringen som juridisk person förväntas vara på plats under hösten 2020.

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