Gotland, Sweden | Catalonia and Sweden share good environmental practices
For the second consecutive year, Catalonia has participated in Almedalen, a political festival held annually in the Swedish island of Gotland
Catalonia’s participation in the Nordic festival Almedalen has been visible with a debate in English entitled 'Catalonia and Sweden before Agenda 2030 – sharing good practices from North and South'. The event has been jointly organized by the Public Diplomacy Council of Catalonia (Diplocat) and the Swedish think tank Fores.
Albert Royo, Secretary General of Diplocat, explains the relevance of this seminar: "It’s important that we participate in some of the main international debates, so that our position is heard and our demands are better understood, including those related to the self-determination process that we are going through".
The debate in Gotland has been designed as an exchange of ideas between the north and the south of Europe, reinforcing the common goals of achieving a sustainable social, economic and environmental paradigm. There have been two Swedish representatives: Mattias Goldmann, executive director of Fores; and Jakob Lagercrantz, founder and coordinator of the 2030 Sekretariatet platform (formed by companies, institutions and associations of Swedish civil society committed to the environment and the goals of sustainable development of the United Nations).
In his intervention, Goldmann has affirmed that “Sweden is a small country and it only emits 0.15% of the global emissions, but we can be a brilliant example when attaining the objectives of Agenda 2030”. The director of Fores has concluded with an invitation to the cooperation of his country with Catalonia: "We should strengthen our collaboration. Catalonia and Sweden share foundations and ambitions with regard to Agenda 2030, so let's explore future collaboration".
The two participants from Catalonia have been Mireia Cañellas, director of Sustainable Development at the Catalan Government; and Teresa Navarro, director general of entrepreneurial association FemCAT. Cañellas has reminded that "Catalonia aims to reduce air pollution by 30% by 2020 as an effort to achieve the objectives of Agenda 2030”. In this sense, has informed that the Govern “has an interministerial committee which works for the key policies to be implemented in order to achieve the goals of Agenda 2030". For his part, Navarro has assured that "in Catalonia, there is an important bottom-up movement regarding renewables and sustainability". And she added that “a top-down approach is effective in letting people know what is acceptable in relation to the emissions".
Francesca Guardiola, delegate of the Catalan Government to the Nordic Countries, has also been there to meet with deputies of the main political parties at the Riksdagen, the Swedish Parliament.
Political festivals are very popular in Scandinavia and the Baltic countries. In some cases, as in Sweden, they have a long tradition and attract every year up to 100,000 visitors. For Catalonia, they represent a great opportunity to position itself in political matters of international interest.
Last updated: 11 July 2017