Bergen Summer Research School


What should be the role of the ocean and ocean science in sustainable development?

Agenda 2030 presents an opportunity for researchers to address potential conflicts and compatibilities among several societal goals and the means to achieve those goals.

Under water
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Well recognised needs for nutrition, energy and transport for a growing world population pose large demands for more use of the ocean while keeping the ocean well functioning and healthy.

There is focus on the ocean at the UN level and through other initiatives such as the High Level Panel for Building a Sustainable Ocean Economy initiated by the Norwegian Prime Minister. Yet, SDG 14 on life under water has received little attention among government and business leaders.

This talk will address various ocean initiatives at the science-policy interface and discuss how the proclaimed UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030) could be used to further not only SDG 14 but Agenda 2030 as a whole.

Peter Haugan is programme director at the Institute of Marine Research in Norway with responsibility for global development projects. He is also professor of oceanography at the Geophysical Institute, University of Bergen. He chairs the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC of UNESCO) representing ocean science in the UN system.

This keynote addess is free and open to the public.