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 in science diplomacy in particular towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The university is official SDG14, Life below water, Hub for United Nations Academic Impact and the International Association of Universities.

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Norway's Special Representative for the Ocean, Mr. Vidar Helgesen, gave an impassioned speech for the ocean and the blue economy when he gave the first Annual Ocean Sustainability Bergen Lecture on 21 October 2019.

Ocean conference with a focus on science-policy nexus

More than 150 scientists, students and ocean enthusiasts gathered in the University Aula for the inaugural Ocean Sustainability Bergen Conference and speeches on current research and inspirational speeches on a sustainable ocean.

Professor Edvard Hviding moderated panel of Ngedikes Olai Uludong from Palau at UN, CEO Yimnang Golbuu from Palau International Coral Reef Centre, former IOC chair Peter M. Haugan and Kjell Kristian Egge from Norway MFA at Our Ocean 23 October 2019

Reinventing the laws of the sea

In partnership with Palau's UN Mission and IOC-UNESCO, the University of Bergen arranged a side event at Our Ocean to discuss the science necessary to secure marine biodiversity beyond national jurisdiction as part of international law.

A student from the University of Bergen holds a starfish found in the waters close to Bergen, Norway.

Research and activities at the UNAI SDG14 Hub

On UN Day 2018 – 24 October, the University of Bergen was announced as the official UNAI Hub for SDG14 – Life below water. One year on, we reflect upon our activities in the year gone and present some of our future plans.

Marine scientist Elisabeth Holland visiting the University of Bergen in September 2019. Holland  was recently appointed joint marine chair in a voluntary commitment between the University of the South Pacific and the University of Bergen.

A commitment to save our ocean

Climate scientist Elisabeth Holland has become the Norway-Pacific Joint Chair of Oceans and Climate Change. The position builds on a voluntary commitment at the 2017 UN Ocean Conference. #OceanAction18613


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.