SDG Bergen

About SDG Bergen

SDG Bergen is a strategic initiative by the University of Bergen to engage with the Sustainable Development Goals.

The University of Bergen (UiB) is one of Norway's leading comprehensive research universities. UiB has always been globally oriented, with long-standing research collaboration throughout the world.

Recognising the key significance of the 2030 Agenda, in 2017 UiB launched a university-wide strategic initiative to engage with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), spearheaded by the university's participation in the United Nations Ocean Conference and entering into several voluntary commitments with partner institutions.

As the first Norwegian university to institutionalise the 2030 Agenda, UiB organised the inaugural, high-level SDG Conference Bergen in February 2018, on behalf of the university sector in Norway and in cooperation with Norway's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Education and Research.

The 2018 SDG Conference Bergen was the first of its kind worldwide, and brought together more than 300 researchers, educators, politicians, government and UN officials, civil society, and industry representatives to discuss how universities can contribute on the science-policy nexus required for the goals of the 2030 Agenda. The conference laid the foundation for Norwegian universities to engage their researchers in innovative channels for science diplomacy.

The SDG Conference Bergen is an annual event and the second SDG Conference Bergen was in February 2019 with the third conference planned for February 2020. Starting in 2019, a preconference Day Zero was introduced with workshops and other events leading up to the main conference, providing a more informal space for SDG-oriented stakeholders.

As part of the commitment to host a national SDG conference for the university sector, UiB has created the SDG Bergen initiative to critically engage with the SDGs. SDG Bergen was initiated by the UiB Rector and his team. The academic steering group for SDG Bergen is headed by UiB's Vice-Rector for Global Relations, Professor Annelin Eriksen. SDG Bergen reports directly to the leadership and the university board.

A number of activities on sustainability and the science-policy interface are collected under the SDG Bergen initiative. The four prime SDG Bergen activities are:

  • The SDG Bergen Science Advice (SDG BSA) has been established to address and develop the science-policy interface. SDG BSA's Scientific Director is Professor Edvard Hviding.
  • Ocean Sustainability Bergen (OSB) is a virtual centre working in ocean science and education. OSB's Scientific Director is Professor Lise Øvreås.
  • The SDG Conference Bergen is the annual national conference for the university sector to engage critically with the SDGs. Scientific Director for the 2020 conference is Vice-Rector Annelin Eriksen.
  • Utdanning 2030 (Education 2030) is a working group, working with the aim to integrate SDG-oriented activites in the education at the university. The group's report is currently being processed for implementation. The group is led by Vice-Rector Annelin Eriksen.

Building on the position as Norway's premier SDG-oriented university, UiB has established leadership through the National Committee for the 2030 Agenda (SDG Norway) consisting of leaders from Norway's main research universities, a student representative and advisers from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Education and Research.

Building on the SDG Bergen initiative, UiB has pledged to become carbon-neutral by 2030.