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Dear UBC colleagues, The start of the year has been extremely challenging and sorrowful in our region, and once again we recognise the importance of cooperation, solidarity and mutual support in one of the most severe crises so far. Over 30 years we have been building together trust and partnerships that are essential for changing our region and cities to more inclusive, attractive, and…
Type: eBulletin
Dear UBC colleagues,
Type: eBulletin
The EU has set an ambitious goal of becoming climate-neutral by 2050. Achieving this will require efforts on all fronts and governance levels from national to local. Even though cities are vulnerable to the effects of climate change, they are also uniquely positioned to take a leadership role in both mitigating and adapting to its effects. In 2021, the Union of the Baltic Cities has launched the…
Type: Publication
The UBC Sustainability Action Programme 2030 is the guiding document for the whole network in the work for sustainable development in the Baltic Sea Region. The Programme is an important step towards building a more inclusive, result-oriented, impact driven and dynamic city network and a platform for close collaboration towards a sustainable, green, safe and resilient Baltic Sea Region.
Type: Publication
Hupmobile’s Participatory.Tools is created as part of Hupmobile project’s activity of Improving Stakeholder Processes (lead by City of Riga) and Co-creation with residents (lead by Aalto University). The tool box aims to improve and broaden the stakeholder involvement processes, and assist the cities in their work with stakeholders within the core activities of the HUPMOBILE project and beyond.
Type: Toolkit
Watch the replay of the Q&A Live Session with CDP that was held on 10 June 2021. The discussions answered many questions with the aim of providing our member cities the answers they have been hoping for. 
Type: Video
UBC cities leading the way to climate neutrality The year 2020 became a year of opportunities for the climate action and adaptation related work, which we tried to convey through our new “Scaling up for the next decade UBC cities leading the way to climate neutrality” report. Considering the success of the previous report we let the cities speak of their actions, ambitions, and initiatives…
Type: Publication
It has been acknowledged that even though countries are increasingly adapting to climate change at the local level, there are considerable limits and barriers to adaptation, which can hinder a society from dealing with climate change effects. The aim of this report is to provide resources for municipal officers and experts to deal with the barriers to adaptation. The report provides a background…
Type: Publication
The webinar on 27 October 2020 continued exploring the topic of "Local work on the Sustainable Development Goals in UBC Cities", this time focusing on how cities can integrate SDGs in their strategies and what are the experiences of working with SDGs on local level. The webinar featured insights from the from the European Commission and experiences from UBC Members Greifswald, Malmö and Espoo.…
Type: Video
The cities play an important role in the successful implementation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Our webinar on 22 September 2020 explored how to get started with the Voluntary Local Review (VLR) process, presented advice from the European Commission and shared experiences from the UBC cities Helsinki, Umeå and Turku. Article and presentations are available
Type: Video
Cities and municipalities in the Baltic Sea Region often share similar issues, being part of a network like the UBC facilitates cooperation and finding common solutions. Elina Rantanen (Turku), Dagmara Nagorka-Kmiezkiec (Gdansk), Dovydas Kaminskas (Taurage), Irena Šakalienė (Klaipeda), Guntars Ruskuls (Riga), Steffen Nozon (Rostock) and Kaspars Varpins (Liepaja) are interviewed.
Type: Video
Steffen Nozon Mobility coordinator from the Hanseatic City of Rostock talks about sustainable development, climate adaption and mobility.
Type: Video
Irena Šakalienė, Head of City Management Division Klaipeda City Municipality and co-chair of the UBC SCC speaks about climate change, extreme weather events and the importance of education in regard to climate resilience.
Type: Video
Dovydas Kaminskas, Mayor of Taurage speaks about sustainable development projects in Taurage, air pollution, cooperation and networking.
Type: Video
Elina Rantanen, UBC Vice President and Chair of the City Council of the City of Turku speaks about common drivers for sustainable development, the BSR and Turku’s role in the UBC.
Type: Video
Kaspars Varpins, Chairman of the UBC Safe Cities Commission from Liepāja Municipal Police talks about safety, climate change and adaptation in Liepāja.
Type: Video
Guntars Ruskuls Head of Strategic Management Board Riga City Council at the City Development Department, discusses Riga’s sustainable mobility situation, coastal erosion and the benefits of networking.
Type: Video
UBC TALKS is a monthly webinar series aimed to share best practices among UBC cities. The third webinar was held on 24 March 2020 and it focused on environmental data disclosure to CDP, the benefits and challenges that cities face. The keynotes included presentations from CDP, City of Lahti (Finland), City of Tartu (Estonia) and City of Riga (Latvia). Presentations available
Type: Video
This year's report brings concrete adaptation actions from UBC cities to the general public.
Type: Publication
The newest report on the UBC cities' results to the CDP Cities Questionnaire 2018 takes a fresh look into what cities both globally and locally think about climate change mitigation and adaptation. In many ways, the cities of the Baltic Sea Region show smart climate leadership - yet, a more proactive approach to climate hazards and long-term risks is still needed in our cities.
Type: Publication
"Climate Leadership from the Baltic Sea Region Cities"-report was launched during the XIV UBC General Conference in Växjö, Sweden, on 25 October 2017. The report is the result of a cooperation between UBC and CDP.
Type: Publication
The purpose of the Union of the Baltic Cities Sustainability Action Programme 2016–2021 is to guide the whole network of the UBC towards development of a smart and sustainable Baltic Sea Region.
Type: Publication
Spring and summer expectations – focus on positive next steps Dear UBC colleagues,
Type: eBulletin
The Moment of Cities and Sustainability
Type: Environmental Bulletin
Topic: Energy, Water