The conference organization had three levels – national, Nordic and local. All levels complimented each other and enabled to create multi-level synergy.

National steering group

Finnish national steering group started its work in February 2009. It was responsible for the conference preparations and implementation of it.

The steering group was composed of following actors:

Chair: Senior Adviser Ms Annika Lindblom/ Environmental Counsellor Mr. Sauli Rouhinen, Finnish National Commission on Sustainable Development, Ministry of the Environment,
Secretary: Network Manager Stella Aaltonen, Union of the Baltic Cities, Commission on Environment


  • Ministry of Education and Culture, International Relations, Planning Officer Mr Hannu Vainonen/ Councellor of Education Ms Annu Jylhä-Pyykönen
  • Ministry of Employment and the Economy, Senior Inspector Mr Mika Honkanen/ Planner Ms Marjukka Piiparinen
  • Ministry of Environment, Senior Architect Ms Anne Jarva/ Senior Inspector Mr Olli Maijala
  • Ministry of Finance, Financial Counsellor Ms Katju Holkeri/Counsellor Mr Jukka Erkkilä
  • Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland, Secretariat for Nordic Cooperation, Project coordinator Ms Anne Ben Ammar/First Secretary Mr Ville Andersson
  • Association of Finnish Local and Regional Authorities, Manager for Environmental Affairs Ms Maija Hakanen/ Energy Engineer Mr Kalevi Luoma
  • City of Turku, Director of Environmental Affairs Mr Mikko Jokinen/ Environmental Planner Mr Olli-Pekka Mäki
  • Southwest Finland Centre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment, Assistant Manager Mr Osmo Purhonen/ Head of Information and Communication Services, Ms Merja Haliseva-Soila
  • Union of the Baltic Cities, Commission on Environment Secretariat, Head of Secretariat Mr Björn Grönholm/ Network Manager Ms Stella Aaltonen

Nordic planning group

The Nordic planning group acted as a communication platform and influenced the conference programme.

One representative from each of the Nordic Associations of Local and Regional Authorities, and from the ministry responsible for sustainable development.

Local planning group in Turku

A preparatory planning group was established in the city of Turku. It aimed to bring synergy with the conference and different side events.

Conference secretariat

Responsible for conference preparations:

Ms Stella Aaltonen, Network Manager
Fax:+358 2 2623425
skype: ubc.stella

Postal address:
Baltic Sea House, Vanha Suurtori 7, FIN-20500 Turku, Finland