Programme

The preliminary programme for the co-creation conference Beyond Growth - Indicators and politics for people and planet is as follows and will be updated closer to the event. The conference is being organized by Finnish Development NGOs – Fingo together with Finland's National Commission on Sustainable Development and five thematic partners, and will be hosted by Tuuli Kaskinen, Executive Advisor, Demos Helsinki think tank.

Day 1, Monday 28 October

Helsinki Congress Paasitorni

8.30
Registration starts
9.00
Open lecture on the role of wellbeing and sustainability indicators in EU’s pathways towards sustainable development beyond growth (TBC)
Morning coffee and break before the invitation-only event starts
12.00
Official opening of the conference
Keynote speaker: Jason Hickel, writer and anthropologist, London School of Economics
Q&A and reflection with the participants
Lunch
Plenary discussion on themes and objectives of the thematic working groups

Discussions in groups to form the recommendations (2,5 hours)

Each thematic working group will be kicked off by a motivational speech on the specific topic

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

All groups will be facilitated by the thematic partners and Fingo

Afternoon coffee
17.00
Conference day one ends
Task force continues distilling the recommendations for the next plenary

Empire Hall in the Old Town Hall of Helsinki

18.00
Reception hosted by the City of Helsinki at Empire Hall in the Old Town Hall of Helsinki

Day 2, Tuesday 29 October

Helsinki Congress Paasitorni

8.30
Morning coffee
9.00
Conference day two starts
Keynote address from the Scottish government on the use of wellbeing and sustainability indicators in the National Performance Framework
Q&A and reflection with the participants
Plenary on the recommendations based on the discussions presented by the task force
Discussions and conclusion in thematic groups (3,5 hours)
Lunch, coffee and posters
Presentation of the recommendations to the Prime Minister of Finland (TBC)
Panel discussion on the way forward:
Mladen Domazet, Research Director, Institute for Political Ecology, Croatia 
Elisabeth Freytag-RiglerHead of the EU Coordination for Climate and Environment, Federal Ministry for Sustainability and Tourism, Austria
Representative for the Prime Minister’s Office of Finland
Representative for European Commission
Representative for Fingo
17.00
Closure of the conference