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The conference is organized by Finnish Development NGOs – Fingo together with Finland’s National Commission on Sustainable Development and thematic partners.

The conference is hosted by Tuuli Kaskinen, Executive Advisor, Demos Helsinki think tank.

Day 1, Monday 28 October

Helsinki Congress Paasitorni

Registration starts
Open Seminar: Transformation to climate-neutral society – the role of beyond GDP indicators, in partnership with the Dialogue on European Decarbonisation Strategies (DEEDS) project
Speakers: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
Official opening of the conferenceOpening words: Saila Ruuth, State Secretary, Ministry of Social Affairs and Health
Keynote speaker: Jason Hickel, writer andanthropologist. ”Leading the ecological revolution: Pathways to a post-growth economy”
Q&A and reflection with the participants
Plenary discussion on themes and objectives of the thematic working groups
Working groups
1. Inequality of Income, Wealth and Opportunities
2. Resilience and Respecting the Ecosystem Boundaries
3. Fair Transition to Carbon Neutral Circular Economy
4. Policy Coherence for Sustainable Development – How European Policies Affect the Global South
5. Respecting Human Rights in Business
End of the conference day one

Empire Hall in the Old Town Hall of Helsinki

Reception hosted by the City of Helsinki at Empire Hall in the Old Town Hall of Helsinki

Day 2, Tuesday 29 October

Helsinki Congress Paasitorni

Morning coffee
Conference day two starts
Keynote speaker: Doreen Grove, Head of Open Government at Scottish Government and Chair of Wellbeing Economy Alliance (WEAll) Scotland. ”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
Lunch, coffee and posters
Thematic working groups: Next Steps
Coffee break and art mandala
Presentation of the recommendations to Raimo Luoma, State Secretary to the Prime Minister of Finland
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
Closure of the conference: Juha-Erkki Mäntyniemi, Executive Director at Fingo
Drinks and networking

Beyond Growth Programme