Realising the Vision
The Everyone Can Flourish in a Viable Society on the Islands of Peace idea is a picture of the best Åland imaginable, and hence timeless. To support our common strive towards the vision, seven strategic development goals to be fulfilled before 2030 have been defined. Accomplishing these development goals is a significant step towards realising the vision.
These are our Seven Development Goals
Goal 1: Happy people whose inherent resources increase
To flourish is about something deeper than material well-being and that everything should always be fun. Åland society has the conditions that allow people to feel happy and to thrive.
Goal 2: Everyone feels trust and has real possibilities to participate in society
No lasting progress can be achieved in an environment dominated by conflict and violence. Well-founded trust and peaceful relations between people form the basis for long-term viability.
Goal 3: All water is of good quality
Water is a fundamental condition for all life on this planet. In Åland there is a broad consensus on the importance of a healthy Baltic Sea, including all of its bays, deep basins and surface waters, as well as access to clean lakes for drinking water.
Goal 4: Ecosystems in balance and biological diversity
Biological diversity is a crucial foundation for the Earth’s life-supporting systems and our present and future welfare rests on this foundation. Biological diversity contributes to increased resilience in ecosystems.
Goal 5: Attractive for residents, visitors, and businesses
Attractiveness requires forward progress. Another requirement is the use of the word “we” in a welcoming way: it is a “we” that is for everyone who wishes to live and work in Åland, and it is a “we” that opens the doors to the world. A high degree of attractiveness leads to viability.
Goal 6: Heavily reduced climate impact
Åland shall be climate neutral by 2035.* The purpose is to fulfil the Paris Agreement and take responsibility for future generations. Simultaneously, new possibilities for growth and increased competitiveness are created.
*Greenhouse gas emissions decline and sequestration of carbon sinks increase so that emissions are equal to sequestration by 2035. Thereafter, sequestration continues to increase while emissions continue to decline.
Goal 7: Sustainable and mindful patterns of consumption and production
Sustainable and mindful patterns of consumption and production is a lateral concept, which contributes to the achievement of all six of the other strategic development goals. Consumption here includes both goods and services consumed by private individuals, the public sector, businesses, and other organizations.