Beyond Growth: Indicators and Politics for People and Planet, Helsinki, Finland

28 October 2019 to 29 October 2019

Beyond Growth, 28-29 October, Helsinki

Many of the planet-wide ecosystems are near to their tipping points, climate change threatens everything that is important to us, and inequality within countries is growing. So far, the societal objectives and indicators tied up with economic growth, gross domestic product (GDP) in particular, have framed our ways of responding to the deepening sustainability crisis. There is a widely shared need for redefining progress through measures that go beyond GDP. We require a stronger and more realistic knowledge base for policy-making to create wellbeing that is sustainable now and in the future. 

This knowledge co-creation conference will aim to advance the ongoing discussions on developing measures of wellbeing and sustainability and improving their use in integrated policy processes. This multi-stakeholder gathering will build upon the processes of the OECD and the search for pathways and indicators initiated by EU member states (e.g. Austria with Growth in Transition initiative) and the European Parliament (Post-Growth conference 2018). As part of the event, thematic working groups will discuss and develop recommendations for the EU to advance the use of wellbeing and sustainability indicators as guides for policy-making. 

The event is being organized by Finnish Development NGOs – Fingo together with Finland's National Commission on Sustainable Development and will take place in Helsinki on 28-29 October 2019. It will bring together a wide range of actors from decision-making, administration, civil society, business, and academia who are interested in redefining and measuring progress beyond growth. This conference is Fingo’s main event during the Finland’s Presidency of the Council of the EU in 2019.

Thematic working groups and partners  

During the event, thematic working groups will discuss and develop recommendations for the EU to advance the use of measures of wellbeing and sustainability as guides for policy-making.  

The five thematic working groups are:

  1. Equality of Income, Wealth and Opportunities
  2. Resilience and Respecting the Ecosystem Boundaries
  3. Transition to Carbon Neutral Circular Economy
  4. Policy Coherence for Sustainable Development – How European Policies Affect the Global South
  5. Respecting Human Rights in Business 

The thematic working groups are being coordinated by Fingo and managed in partnership with SOSTE Finnish Federation for Social Affairs and Health (theme 1), EBB European Environmental Bureau (theme 2), Sitra, the Finnish Innovation Fund (theme 3), CONCORD, the European confederation of Relief and Development NGOs (theme 4), Fairtrade Finland, and Felm, the Finnish Evangelical Lutheran Mission (theme 5). 

Programme

The conference programme is currently building up and will consist of invited keynote speakers, plenary sessions, panel discussion as well as poster presentations. A lot of focus is given to the discussion of the five thematic working groups. The preliminary programme is available here.

Info and contact

For more information about the conference please see the additional information and contact details here.