Beyond Growth – Indicators and politics for people and planet

Beyond Growth – Indicators and politics for people and planet

Finding better indicators beyond GDP – together.

This is an invitation-only event.

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.

This knowledge co-creation conference aims to advance the ongoing discussions on developing measures of wellbeing and sustainability and improving their use in integrated policy processes. This multi-stakeholder gathering builds 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 discuss and develop recommendations for the EU to advance the use of wellbeing and sustainability indicators as guides for policy-making.

Sitra is the theme partner in the Transition to Carbon Neutral Circular Economy working group. The event is organized by Finnish Development NGOs – Fingo together with Finland’s National Commission on Sustainable Development.


08.30 Registration starts
09.30 Open Seminar: Transformation to carbon-neutral society – the role of beyond GDP indicators, in partnership with the Dialogue on European Decarbonisation Strategies (DEEDS) project


Brilé Anderson, OECD
Paavo Järvensivu, BIOS Research unit, Finland
Beata Jaczewska, High-Level Panel of the European Decarbonisation Pathways Initiative
Mohammed Chahim, Member of European Parliament
Ulla Rosenström, Prime Minister’s Office; Finland
Atte Harjanne, Member of Finnish Parliament

Morning coffee and break before the invitation-only event starts
12.00 Official opening of the conference

Opening words: Saila Ruuth, State Secretary, Ministry of Social Affairs and Health

Keynote speaker: Jason Hickel, writer and anthropologist, London School of Economics. “Leading the ecological revolution: Pathways to a post-growth economy”

Q&A and reflection with the participants

13.00 Lunch

Plenary discussion on themes and objectives of the thematic working groups

14.30 Working groups

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

17.00 End of the conference day one
08.30 Morning coffee
9.00 Conference day two starts

Keynote speaker: Doreen Grove, Head of Open Government at Scottish Government. “Measuring – how we ensure the economy is working for people and planet”

Q&A and reflection with the participants

Plenary on the conference recommendations

10.15 Thematic working groups finalise their policy recommendations
12.45 Lunch, coffee and posters

Thematic working groups: Next Steps

14.30 Coffee break and art mandala
15.00 Presentation of the recommendations to Raimo Luoma, State Secretary to the Prime Minister of Finland
15.15 Panel discussion: Beyond GDP Indicators – a way forward for EU
Mladen Domazet, Research Director, Institute for Political Ecology, Croatia
Elisabeth Freytag-Rigler, Head of the EU Coordination for Climate and Environment, Federal Ministry for Sustainability and Tourism, Austria
Raimo Luoma,State Secretary to the Prime Minister of Finland
Paul Okumu, Head of Secretariat of the Africa Platform
Fulvia Raffaelli, Head of Unit for Clean Technologies and Products in the Directorate General GROW, European Commission
16.15 Closure of the conference: Juha-Erkki Mäntyniemi, Executive Director at Fingo
16.30 Drinks and networking

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