Research and science diplomacy
SDG Bergen is a strategic initiative by the University of Bergen to create innovative channels for science diplomacy.
In June 2017, the University of Bergen (UiB) held several meetings with parties in the United Nations (UN) system on the sidelines of the Ocean Conference. This prepared the ground for a direct link to the Norwegian Mission to the UN to develop dialogues for research-based advice and to explore more general channels for science diplomacy connected with the UN's work towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Science diplomacy is a term used for scientific cooperation to build international partnerships. As well as international collaboration between scientific institutions such partnerships may encompass nation states, diplomacy, government agencies, voluntary organisations, and business.
There is a common ground between the UN system, various diplomatic missions and the university sector to be involved in work geared towards sustainability and the goals set in the 2030 Agenda.
UiB has established the SDG Bergen initiative to encourage the university's researchers to engage in science diplomacy and to strengthen the science-policy interface. Universities need to be present in international high-level meetings, and SDG Bergen is at the forefront in academia in this regard.
The aim of SDG Bergen is to engage as many UiB researchers as possible in science diplomacy and scientific advice in relation to 2030 Agenda.