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The Baltic Sea Forum e.V. was founded in 1992 as Pro Baltica Forum e.V. It possesses a representative network of members from the business world, politics and administration. The Baltic Sea Forum is a private organisation which works closely together with a number of governments as well as with state-wide, regional and local institutions. The Forum renamed itself on the 20th March of 2003 in order to express its focus on the whole Baltic Sea region even more clearly.

The Baltic Sea Forum has representatives in Bremen, Brussels, Helsinki, Kaliningrad, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Oslo, Riga, Schleswig-Holstein, St Petersburg, Stockholm, Tallinn, Vilnius, and Gdansk.

Energy for Sustainable Transport - Invitation to participate in UN Competition

At a meeting in New York, Mr Juwang ZHU, Director Division for Sustainable Development, and Mr Kurt Bodewig, Board Chairman of the BSF, had a very fruitful and lively exchange about possibilities of cooperative work. Joint activities for the implementation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, SDGs, were main subject.

Mr ZHU recognizes the BSF with its UN NGO work as a convincing partner. Therefore our BSF network was chosen to promote the UN-DESA Grant on Energy for Sustainable Development. The award of one million US dollars for the winner is for Energy for Sustainable Transport, mainly for scientific and technological innovations.

Due to the sustainable UN NGO work of the BSF Team, the best-practice-exchange in various sectors led to the request to support the Grant:

Apply for UN-DESA Grant on Energy for Sustainable Development by 15 August

Applications for the 2016 UN-DESA Grant on Energy for Sustainable Development are being accepted until 15 August 2016. The thematic focus for the 2016 Grant, which carries an award of one million US dollars for the winner, is Energy for Sustainable Transport. Applications are open to individuals, institutions or partnerships based on past and current achievements.

The Grant seeks to advance sustainable development by encouraging scientific and technological innovations and fostering leadership initiatives and innovative actions that improve energy for sustainable transport, while addressing economic, social and environmental sustainability. Successful recipients should be able to demonstrate leadership and innovation in energy for sustainable transport, as well as willingness and ability to implement knowledge transfer through capacity building activities aimed at replicating and scaling up successful experiences and lessons learned.

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UN Delegationsreise zum politischen Forum auf höchster Ebene

Im Rahmen der Präsentation der ministeriellen Gutachten der UN Mitgliedsländer wird das Baltic Sea Forum bei einem Side Event am 20. Juli 2016 im UN Hauptquartier in New York von Prof Kurt Bodewig vertreten. Auf Einladung des Direktors Paul Maseli von der Organisation der Vereinten Nationen für Industrielle Entwicklung New York, wird Kurt Bodewig zum Thema Entwicklung der Infrastruktur in den ärmsten Entwicklungsländern im Rahmen des nachhaltigen Entwicklungsziels 9, Industrie, Innovation und Infrastruktur, referieren. Dabei wird die Erfahrung des Baltic Sea Forums als Modell einfließen.

Der Austausch wird bei einem Arbeitstreffen des BSF vertieft. Daran werden u.a. teilnehmen:
Juwang ZHU, Direktor, Division for Sustainable Development,,
Daniela Bas, Direktor, Division for Social Policy and Development,,
sowie der Parlamentarischen Staatssekretärin Rita Schwarzelühr-Sutter.




The Baltic Sea Forum is currently involved with a project proposal aimed at strengthening inland and coastal shipping in the Baltic Sea region. This project, titled EMMA, was submitted by the Port of Hamburg Marketing as part of the INTERREG Baltic Sea Region Programme. The prospective EMMA consortium consists of 21 partners based in Germany, Finland, Lithuania, Poland and Sweden. Thematically, EMMA focuses on the specifics of particular markets in the inland waterway sector as well as different stages of development with regard to the integration of inland waterway vessels as an efficient economic alternative in international supply chains. The verdict of the project proposal will be decided at the end of November.

Photo Copyright Hafen Hamburg Marketing e.V.


Let's communicate!

Baltic Sea Forum is partner for the EU project Let's communicate!, which is coordinated by Centrum Balticum. The aim of the project is to develop and test a communication strategy for the Baltic Sea strategy of the EU. Please find more information at:


Co-Operation with Russia is essential

Interview with Dr. Gabriele Kötschau, board member of Baltic Sea Forum and head of the St.Peterburg branch of the Hamburg Chamber of Commerce

Download: Sonderbeilage THB Deutsche Schiffahrtszeitung (PDF) (ca. 840 K)

INTERREG 2015-2020

Download: INTERREG Programme Fact Sheet (PDF) (ca. 358 K)

New Brochure: INTERREG IV - Projekte mit Hamburger Beteiligung

Download: INTERREG Projekte mit Hamburger Beteiligung (PDF) (ca. 38881 K)

There are separate web sites for the regions:

Interreg turns 25

Download: Newsletter (PDF) (ca. 1392 K)


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