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Wed, 24 Aug, 2016 12:10:50 AM
FTimes Report, Aug 24
Finland still has all the potential to remain among the top-ranking countries as highlighted in the final report of the 'Key questions and 2030 action plan for sustainable development (Avain2030 project)'.
The country performs well in international benchmarking on sustainable development, but in recent years our position has dropped in most rankings, according to a press release of the Government Communications Department.
The report said Finland should concentrate especially on social inequalities and employment as well as matters related to climate and consumption of natural resources.
Finland's efforts in sustainable development have been discussed around the world recently.
In July, Finland was among the first in the UN to report on the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Especially Finland’s social contract for sustainable development has attracted positive feedback, said the release issued on Tuesday.  
The British newspaper The Guardian also listed Finland and Germany as prime examples of countries making good progress in sustainable development, the report mentioned.
The UN's global 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development was launched at the beginning of 2016. The national Avain2030 project, launched early this year, paves the way for national implementation of the Agenda, according to the official release.
The project examined Finland’s current position and identified its challenges and successes.  
The main observation made by the Avain2030 project is that Finland's position in implementing sustainable development is high to start with, but progress in recent years has not been transparently positive in the implementation of any of the main goals in sustainable development.
An action plan would therefore be needed, which would create a basis for monitoring and would help identify key measures.  
The project also revealed many uncertainties and questions of interpretation relating to sustainable development targets and indicators.  
The key questions on sustainable development and the 2030 project form part of the implementation of the Government's 2016 plan for analysis, assessment and research, said the release.
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