SDG Bergen

Close-up of SDG-pin and University of Bergen-pin on the suit jacket of one of the delegates at the inaugural SDG Conference Bergen in February 2018.

SDG Bergen is a University of Bergen strategic initiative to engage with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The initiative also includes science diplomacy and scientific advice to government and international organisations.

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Peter Thomson to be honorary doctor

The diplomat and ocean activist Peter Thomson from Fiji is one of nine new honorary doctors at the University of Bergen in Norway.

Data manager Benjamin Pfeil from the University of Bergen and the Bjerknes Centre for Climate Research photographed in Bergen in summer 2019.

Providing ocean climate science for sustainable decision-making

How can the academic community make an impact to get vital information on climate change across to decision-makers? By engaging in the type of quiet science advice provided by Benjamin Pfeil and his team at the University of Bergen.

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The University of Bergen delegation at the 2019 High-level Political Forum consisted of (left to right): Tor Halvorsen, Tore Furevik, Edvard Hviding, Kikki Kleiven, and Sverre Ole Drønen.

Strengthening the science-policy nexus at the United Nations

The University of Bergen visited the High-level Political Forum to strengthen the science policy advice in the approaches to and implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). We recount the proceedings from two hectic weeks in seven brief chapters.

A passionate Kristin H. Holth speaking during a debate in Arendal, Norway on 14 August 2019  whilst (left to right) Inga Berre, Hege Økland, Ragnhild Freng Dale, and Hege Hammersland-White listen. Moderator Ole Øvretveit on far left.

A focus on sustainability and transformation

Can technology solve Earth's need for transformation? This was the major question at the SDG Bergen panel debate during the Arendalsuka 2019 festival.

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The panel at the side event Partnerships for Climate Action hosted by the Norwegian Mission to the United Nations on 12 July 2019 as part of the High-level Political Forum.

Science is not negotiable

The challenges for the science-policy nexus to succeed were discussed at a side event hosted at Norway's Mission to the UN. The conclusion was that science may not be questioned, but is in danger of being ignored.


UiB has established Ocean Sustainability Bergen (OSB), a centre partaking in scientific advice directed at authorities and international bodies. The centre engages with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and is part of the university's strategic initiative, SDG Bergen.