RCE Helsinki Metropolitan

Photo Credit: Anja Ruoti
Rce details
Date of RCE acknowledgement:
January, 2011
Description of RCE and Geographic Region:

RCE Helsinki Metropolitan is located in the south of Finland, on the coast of the Baltic Sea.

National Report on the Implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development FINLAND

”National Governments play a key role in the implementation of Agenda 2030 and are accountable for its success. However, Agenda 2030 calls for extensive cooperation, involving civil society, private sector and the scientific community. The whole of society must be involved. Different stakeholders were involved in making the Agenda 2030, now we need the same spirit and partnership in its implementation."

This report confirms that Finland is committed to the path of sustainable development signposted by Agenda 2030. Come and join us on this journey!

(Juha Sipilä Prime Minister, Chair of the Finnish National Commission on Sustainable Development, Prime Minister’s Office Publications 10/2016)

SDG index Finland 

Goals and Objectives:

Vision: 'Sustainable future is an active choice and it will be reached together!'

RCE Helsinki Metropolitan network is committed to further generating, accelerating and mainstreaming ESD by implementing the Global Action Programme (GAP) on ESD, and contributing to the realisation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/focussdgs.html

GAP on five priority areas:

1) Advancing policy

2) Transforming learning and training environments

3) Building capacities of educators and trainers

4) Empowering and mobilising youth, and

5)  Accelerating sustainable solutions at local level.

Organisation Hosting RCE Secretariat:

Association for Science Education

Key Partners:

Name of organisation: Association for science education
Role: Implementing ESD and SDGs in early childhood education and school culture
Contact name: Marja Voipio
Contact email: marja.voipio@pp2.inet.fi

Name of organisation: University of Helsinki, Faculty of Educational Sciences
Role: ESD, EE, R&D
Contact name: Dr. Anna Uitto
Contact email: anna.uitto@helsinki.fi

Name of organisation: University of Helsinki, Faculty of Educational Sciences
Role: ESD, EE, R&D
Contact name: Wolff, Lili-Ann M
Contact email: lili-ann.wolff@helsinki.fi

Name of organisation: Omnia, the Joint Authority of Education in Espoo Region
Role: ESD
Contact name: Kirsti Nopanen
Contact email: kirsti.nopanen@omnia.fi

Name of organisation: Laurea University of Applied Science
Role: ESD, SDG, R&D
Contact name: Dr. Päivi Immonen
Contact email: päivi.immonen@laurea.fi

Name of organisation: Metropolia University of Applied Science
Role: ESD, SDG, R&D
Contact name: Pentti Viluksela
Contact email: pentti.viluksela@metropolia.fi

Name of organisation: Aalto University
Role: ESD, SDG and R&D
Contact name: Meri Löyttyniemi
Contact email: meri.loyttyniemi@aalto.fi

Name of organisation: Luma Centre Finland
Role: Science, R&D
Contact name: Dr. Maija Aksela
Contact email: maija.aksela@helsinki.fi

Name of organisation: The Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE)
Role: Partner
Contact name: Dr. Jari Silander
Contact email: jari.silander@ymparisto.fi

Name of organisation: School of Art
Role: ESD
Contact name: Minttu Hyytiäinen
Contact email: minttu.hyytiainen@espoonkuvataidekoulu.fi
Website: http://www.espoonkuvataidekoulu.fi/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=71

Current Activities:

Advancing Policy

Sustainable development is the basic values in the National Curriculums

https://www.oph.fi/english/curricula_and_qualifications/general_upper_secondary_education https://www.oph.fi/english/curricula_and_qualifications/vocational_upper_secondary_education

Transforming Learning and Training Environments and Empowering and Mobilising Youth

  • Association for Science Education promoting ESD and SDGs in early childhood education and school culture
  • LUMA Centre Finland - a network of Finnish universities - is to inspire and motivate children and youth into mathematics, science and technology through the latest methods and activities of science and technology education.
  • Pedagogics
    The Pedagogy research programme focuses on development of the content of higher education, matching of education to the needs of the workplace and pedagogic development of education.
    Changed needs are reflected in education as new requirements for competence. Changes in the nature of work, mainly because of the demographic, technological and globalisation-related development, have contributed to the need to re-evaluate the competences required at work. We aim to respond to the changing needs of the workplace by carrying out workplace-driven projects in accordance with our pedagogic Learning by Developing (LbD) model.
    Päivi Marjanen paivi.marjanen@laurea.fi

Building Capacities of Educators and Trainers

ESD and EE in Teacher education and in-service education

Research and Development

  • Coherent security
    The core of the research programme consists of the safety and security of our increasingly international and digitalised society, anticipation, control of continuity of operations, strategic management and security management. 
    Senior Manager, Support for Research Päivi Mattila paivi.mattila@laurea.fi
  • Holistic Health and Well-being
    The research programme on holistic health and well-being responds to current social challenges and promotes the health and well-being of individuals, families and communities in different situations in life. 
    Principal Lecturer Päivi Marjanen paivi.marjanen@laurea.fi
  • Service Design and Business Models 
    Service Business Centre for Applied Research and Development
    • utliises and develops new service design methods, techniques and tools to improve, innovate, and visualise the service offering, processes, and organisation.
    • develops sustainable business models to promote scalable solutions.
    • co-creates and validates solutions with actual end-users in real environments.
    • helps to innovate (create new) or improve (existing) services to make them more useful, usable, desirable for customers and efficient as well as effective for the organisation.

More information Laurea UAS https://www.laurea.fi/en

Accelerating Sustainable Solutions at Local Level

  • SYKE has started an organisational unit that supports sustainability activities. It is called the Sustainable Urbanisation Programme.
    • SYKE supported over 1000 students in the City of Lahti to give Commitment to Sustainable Development 2050 (Sitoumus2050), jointly with projects Circwaste and IhanPihalla on 28 May, 2018
    • SYKE set a challenge to the MAKERHACK in the city of Turku on 17-19 May, 2018 to increase use of open data for the benefit of the environment.
    • Finnish environmental experts were available during the #Helsinki2018 Summit. Information provided e.g. on black carbon and climate change.
    • SYKE jointly organised the SuomiAreena 2018, an Environment and economic session on 16 July, 2018 in the city of Pori.
    • SYKE released results about a study related to environment care, old people care more about nature (29 June, 2018).
    • SYKE water restoration related events in the past can be found here. In the city of Lahti a restoration of eutrophic lakes event was held.

Photo credit: Mari Nuutinen

Upcoming Activities:
  • Developing an RCE Helsinki Metropolitan website
  • Teacher education and producing materials
  • ESD, EE and SDG events
  • Finland’s Children’s Forest Trip Day 23 May, 2019
  • SYKE coming activities in water restoration can be found here, next is the 12th International Symposium.

Keinumäki School

The President of the Republic of Finland Sauli Niinistö took part in to the Finland’s Children’s Forest Trip Day at Keinumäki school. Read more


Received a Sustainable Development Certificate (13 March, 2018) Read more

University of Helsinki


Dr. Anna Uitto is a partner of Helsinki Institute of Sustainability Science (HELSUS) that contributes to sustainability transformations of societies by means of inter- and transdisciplinary research and education. HELSUS co-creates knowledge through research, experiments, living labs and best practices for national and international policy, private sector and civil society. HELSUS forms an attractive international environment for researchers and facilitates partnerships in areas of research and innovations for the sustainable future.


20,500 children took part in to the Finland’s Children's Forest Trip Day. The intent of the day is in encouraging us all to offer the children of Finland the possibility of going on a trip to the forest. The purpose of the event is to remind us of the importance of going out into the nature and is meant to serve as a celebration of the purity of the Finnish nature.



LUMA Centre Finland

StarT is a science education programme by the LUMA Centre Finland and it has now been granted the Global Best Awards 2018 as Europe's best programme bridging the gap between working life and STEM education at schools.

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Nuuksio National Park (Photo credit: Mari Nuutinen)


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Contact Details
Main RCE Contact:
Anna Maaria (Mari) Nuutinen
Secondary RCE Contact:
Dr. Päivi Immonen, Laurea University of Applied Science
RCE Youth Coordinator(s):
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