The 2019 National SDG Conference at the University of Bergen aims to draw together concerned, disparate and converging views on how knowledge, science, education and institutions need innovative and radical re:thinking in order to provide foundations for the global collaborative work needed to engage and work with the 2030 Agenda. Over two days, Norway’s research and higher education sector brings together national and international speakers from academia, government, civil society, activism and the United Nations system, to explore the roles of research and education in creating new approaches for shared commitments to a sustainable global future.
The annual National SDG Conference was initiated by UiB and planned in dialogue with other Norwegian universities, the Ministry of Education and Research, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Following up on the inaugural 2018 conference, a national committee comprised of the five main universities in Norway was set down to oversee the conference. SDG Bergen, a strategic initiative of the University of Bergen, acts as the day to day programming committee and secretariat for the conference.