Sustainable development

The objectives of the programme shall be pursued in line with the objective of promoting sustainable development considering the UN Sustainable Development Goals and European Green Deal. 

Sustainable development is Interreg Aurora’s overarching goal and will be a driving force in the implementation of the programme.

Social sustainability means promoting a society that respects the fundamental rights of all people and fostering a fair, equal, and inclusive society. It is a society with a high level of tolerance and a focus on the equal value of people, which means that people trust each other and are involved in the development of society.

Ecological sustainability is about long-term preserving the earth’s ecosystems, limiting negative environmental impacts and conserving natural resources so that they are sufficient for future generations. It is about using our collective resources in a way that maintains the state of nature, promotes human health now and in the future, and adapts consumption to environmental constraints.

Economic sustainability means using, caring for and maintaining resources to create long-term sustainable economic value in society. It means more sustainable and competitive businesses and more jobs, where growth goes hand in hand with sustainable development. Economic sustainability is about managing and developing human and material resources, without causing negative impacts on ecological or social sustainability.

The UN Sustainable Development Goals
All projects funded by Interreg Aurora must contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals. The official Interreg Aurora Programme document highlights three global goals regarding Social sustainability that all projects shall contribute to: Gender equality, Reduced inequalities and Partnership for the goals.

  Gender equality

  • End all forms of discrimination against all women and girls everywhere
  • Ensure women’s full and effective participation and equal opportunities for leadership at all levels of decision making in political, economic, and public life
  • Enhance the use of enabling technology, in particular information and communications technology, to promote the empowerment of women
  • Adopt and strengthen sound policies and enforceable legislation for the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls at all levels

    Source: Official website of United Nations https://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment

  Reduced inequalities

  • By 2030, empower and promote the social, economic, and political inclusion of all, irrespective of age, sex, disability, race, ethnicity, origin, religion or economic or other status
  • Adopt policies, especially fiscal, wage and social protection policies, and progressively achieve greater equality

    Source: Official website of United Nations https://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment

  Partnership for the goals

  • Enhance North-South, South-South, and triangular regional and international cooperation on and access to science, technology and innovation and enhance knowledge sharing on mutually agreed terms, including through improved coordination among existing mechanisms, in particular at the United Nations level, and through a global technology facilitation mechanism
  • Promote the development, transfer, dissemination, and diffusion of environmentally sound technologies to developing countries on favourable terms, including on concessional and preferential terms, as mutually agreed
  • Enhance policy coherence for sustainable development
  • Enhance the global partnership for sustainable development, complemented by multi-stakeholder partnerships that mobilize and share knowledge, expertise, technology, and financial resources, to support the achievement of the sustainable development goals in all countries, in particular developing countries

    Source: Official website of United Nations https://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment

When you apply for funding from Interreg Aurora, you shall in the Min Ansökan system clarify how the three horizontal principles will be integrated in the project. Use the definitions of sustainable development and define how your project can contribute to social sustainability, ecological sustainable development, and economic sustainability.

The application will be checked regarding the sustainable development. There must be no indication of negative impact on social, ecological, or economic sustainability in the project. If the project contains any uncertainties, please explain this thoroughly in the application and motivate how it should be interpreted.

The application will as well be assessed whether the partnership of the project has included the three dimensions of sustainable development in the project or not and if the sustainable development can be seen as a driving force in the project.

Projects with a negative impact on sustainable development, equal opportunities, anti-discrimination and gender equality cannot be funded by the programme.