The Summit is our annual meeting platform which is open for all youth in the Nordic and Baltic Sea Regions. The purpose of the Summit is to strengthen the youth movement by highlighting and fostering the new generation of leadership. Together we create an atmosphere where we hear inspiring speakers and learn more about cool initiatives from all over the region, meet senior change-makers in an intergenerational dialogue and craft our own projects and initiatives.
We started with a 2-day event. The second year, we added some side-events. Following the pandemic, we organised our third Summit online with local hubs. Our next Summit will be extended to a ReGeneration Week taking place on Åland from 28th of August to 1st of September 2021. See more information below.
THE SUMMIT IS A POWERFUL PLATFORM FOR CHANGE THAT:
fosters and highlights leadership
strengthens and unites actors
builds excitement and engagement
All our activities are based on these five focus areas. Read more here.
"There is hope – I’ve seen it – but it does not come from the governments or corporations, it comes from the people. The people who have been unaware are now starting to wake up, and once we become aware we change. We can change and people are ready for change."
THE 2021 REGENERATION WEEK
Following the success of the three previous Summits, we invite you to take part in its extended version in 2021. We call it the 2021 ReGeneration Week which takes place in Mariehamn 28.8-1.9.
With support from a range of local and international partners, we are able to arrange an exciting and inspiring five-day event in the heart of the Baltic Sea - the Åland islands. Announced as a high-level international meeting by the Government of Åland and the Government of Finland, we will be joined by a range of influential power-holders from the Nordic and Baltic Sea Regions.
This deserves an own website which will be launched in the beginning of 2021. The call for applications will open up in March 2021. First off, we invite organisations and networks to partner up with us.
THE PAST THREE SUMMITS.
The Summit of 2018 was our first meeting that served as a starting point for active participation in the movement. During the Summit, we focused on creating a safe, trusting atmosphere in which we learn from each other in our work towards a sustainable future. Over 110 participants took part in the two-day programme in Mariehamn on the Åland islands.
The main theme of the Summit in 2018 was the SDG 12 of the UN 2030 Agenda: Sustainable Consumption and Production. SDG12 is the goal where the Nordic and Baltic Sea regions countries have major shortcomings. Also, this goal was identified as an important discussion topic by several youth councils and youth oriented organisations.
The sessions of the Summit focused on different sub-themes related to the goal which enabled the participants to delve into questions that are closest to their heart and where they feel that they can make an impact. The actors making the agenda content possible were SIANI Youth, Baltic University Programme, Emmaus Åland, Zero Waste Latvia, BSSSC, Energy Crossroads Denmark, CBSS, Filippa K, Stockholm Environment Institute, LSU/NABO, IKEA, SDSN Youth as well as several volunteers.
During the last day of the Summit, the participants adopted a manifesto in the plenary hall of the Åland parliament. It consists of a vision, a demand section and a commitment section. The manifesto has since then served as the common strategic document for the movement's advocacy.
By continuing to look for and implement solutions to reach the manifesto's vision on sustainable consumption and production, the 2019 Summit investigated its link to climate action. The agenda was crafted in a way that was linked to the manifesto's commitments and demands on a practical level. Actors as the Nordic Council of Ministers, the Åland Peace institute, Medveten konsumtion (Responsible Consumption), Green Liberty, Zero Waste movement in Estonia, UN Youth of Finland, Stockholm Resilience Center, Stockholm Environment Institute, the City of Mariehamn, Åland University of Applied Sciences, Council of the Baltic Sea States and Ålandbanken made the Summit a success. In total, 200 people were engaged in the second Summit.
As a side event to the Summit, the"HållbArt festival" also aimed at the general public. This was a cooperation with a range of local partners. It was decided that this add-on to the Summit was to continue in the future. Another side event was arranged in a partnership with Swedish Radio Baltic Sea Festival. There, the chair of the ReGeneration 2030 movement Tatiana Lanshina participated in a live streamed talk which was aired to thousands of viewers.
In 2020, following the pandemic, the Summit was held digitally with up to 170 active participants and around 250 participants including the local hubs. The local hubs were physical meeting spots arranged with our partners. They were held in Krakow, Greifswald, Reykjavik, Stockholm, Copenhagen, Helsinki, Tallinn, Vilnius, St Petersburg and Kiev. 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. ReGeneration 2030 also announced and officially launched their partnership with the collaboration platform ACTER with a keynote by founder Emil Vincentz. Also, the Nordic Institute on Åland organised "HållbArt" - this time a live online festival. Covering 13 countries and autonomous regions and spanning four time zones, the participants were still able to experience the regional diversity which made the Summit a powerful experience!