City Hall in sunrise
Photo: Photo: Björn Olin

City of Stockholm and Visit Stockholm

Preamble :

The City of Stockholm

Stockholm was the first-ever city to be designated European Green Capital by the EU Commission already in 2010. And we are quite proud of the fact that Stockholm has stayed true to its unique approach to sustainability. You can rest assured that just about everything that happens in Stockholm does so with sustainability in mind.

Committed to Agenda 2030

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is a global initiative, but it’s at the local level that large parts of the work on the objectives are put into practice. The City of Stockholm has committed to be a leader in the implementation of the agenda and is therefore actively working to live up to human rights and to be at the forefront of sustainable development.

The city of Stockholm has also committed to take a leading role in implementing the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at the local level. Read more in the Sustainability Report 2021

Read more about sustainability in Stockholm and the city's sustainability work in various areas:
- Sustainable living
- This is what the City of Stockholm does
- Stockholm – the First European Green Capital


Visit Stockholm

Overall goals for the City of Stockholm - including Visit Stockholm

Gender equality, reduced inequality, and sustainable cities and communities are given an overarching perspective by the City of Stockholm and are therefore of great importance to all activities – including Visit Stockholm. Visit Stockholm's operational planning should contribute to the realisation of human rights, with emphasis on increased gender equality and self-determination for women and girls, social inclusion, lessened inequality, and climate impact.

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Operational goals for Visit Stockholm

The Sustainable Development Goals that Visit Stockholm is best able to contribute to through its activities are goals 8, 9, 12, 13, and 17. These are clearly included in Visit Stockholm’s owner directive and several of the indicators set for the goals are directly linked with Visit Stockholm’s day-to-day processes and fall within the mandate wherein the organisation drives change.

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Secondary goals that Visit Stockholm contributes to indirectly

Visit Stockholm can help further the transition towards more sustainable development by educating, communicating, and setting a good example for businesses and stakeholders involved with Stockholm as a destination for visitors. Visit Stockholm thereby contributes directly to objective 4 and indirectly to objectives 2, 7, 14, 15, and thus also 3.

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Visit Stockholm is active in the following networks :

- Global Destination Sustainable Movement, GDS

The GDS-Movement empowers destinations with the mindsets, strategies and skill sets to create regenerative places to visit, meet and live in. The Index is aligned with the 2030 Agenda, and the aim is to integrate the 17 sustainable development goals into the management and strategies for destinations globally. https://www.gds.earth/

- DMOcracy
DMOcracy is relevant for any destination that wants to empower their local community in the future of tourism and foresees tourism as a means to build better cities and communities. The project will explore citizen activation, the challenges, and imperatives of dialogue, power-sharing and new modes of governance in tourism development. https://www.gds.earth/time-for-dmocracy/

- Sustainable Meet Stockholm
Sustainable Meet Stockholm is a collaborative marketing project within sustainable small and medium meetings and events. A private initiative with partners from the Stockholm travel industry including hotels, key meeting and event venues, attractions and incoming operators – in close cooperation with the city of Stockholm. https://sustainablemeetstockholm.com/

- Nätverket Hållbar Besöksnäring (Sustainable Tourism Industry Network)
The network's vision is a sustainable hospitality industry and its mission is to contribute to the development of the hospitality industry positively by identifying sustainability issues as a necessary factor for long-term success and profitability. www.natverkethallbarbesoksnaring.se/ (only in Swedish)