SDG Conference Bergen

2020 SDG Conference programme

The programme for the 2020 SDG Conference Bergen: Wednesday 5 (Day Zero), Thursday 6 and Friday 7 February. NOTE! The conference is now almost fully booked and registration will soon be closed.

For enquiries on the SDG Conference Bergen, please contact the Conference Secretariat.

Day Zero: Wednesday 5 February

Day One: Thursday 6 February

08:30-09:00    Registration and coffee

09:00-09:20    Conference Opening

  • Mr. Nikolai Astrup, Minister of Local Government and Modernisation, Government of Norway
  • Dr. Dag Rune Olsen, Rector, University of Bergen and Chair, Universities Norway
  • Mr. Felipe F. Garcia, Vice-President, National Union of Students in Norway

09:20-09:30    Salutation on the Sámi National Day

  • Ms. Mona Tornensis Hornæs, Deputy representative to the Sámi Parliament of Norway and member of Bergen Sámi Organisation

09:30-10:35    The Bergen SDG Lecture (including Q&A)

  • Dr. Peter Messerli, Director of Centre for Development and Environment of the University of Bern, Switzerland, and co-chair of the UN Global Sustainable Development Report
  • Respondents: Dr. Stefania Giannini, Assistant Director-General for Education, UNESCO and Mr. Bård Vegar Solhjell, Director General, Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad)


  • Dr. Margareth Hagen, Pro-Rector, University of Bergen

10:35-10:55 Break: coffee, tea, refreshements

10:55-13:10    Technology, Innovation and Industrial Transformation: torchlight for sustainable solutions for climate action?

Despite rapid growth in renewable energy solutions, global emissions of carbon dioxide are still increasing. The time window for phasing out fossil fuel is rapidly closing. Will technology, innovation and industrial transformation provide us with the solutions we need for sustainable development, or do we also need to change our social behaviour?

In this session we invite representatives from business and industry to enter into dialogue with scientists on how to accelerate the speed with which we can achieve sustainability, and to manage this in a fair and inclusive way. Including Q&A.


    • Ms. Judith Joan Walker, Director of Operations, African Clean Energy
    • Dr. Mario Giampietro, Institute of Environmental Science & Technology, Autonomous University of Barcelona


    • Dr. Mari Sundli Tveit, Policy Director, The Confederation of Norwegian Enterprise
    • Dr. Edgar Hertwich, International Chair in Industrial Ecology and Professor, Norwegian University of Science and Technology
    • Mr. Idar Kreutzer, Managing Director, Finance Norway
    • Ms. Judith Joan Walker, Director of Operations, African Clean Energy
    • Dr. Mario Giampietro, Institute of Environmental Science & Technology, Autonomous University of Barcelona


    • Dr. Roger Strand, Professor, University of Bergen

    13:10-14:10    Lunch

    14:10-14:30    SDGs in action

    • Mr. Erik Færevaag of the Terra Vera Foundation in dialogue with Professor Ståle Knudsen, University of Bergen.

    14:30-16:20    Technology and Knowledge for Sustainability and Equality (including Q&A)

    New technology like Artificial Intelligence (AI) offers an opportunity to accelerate the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). However any technological revolution leads to new imbalances that we must anticipate. Within the global economy technology has provided abundance of wealth for some of us. But technology of the industrial world is also identified with growing inequality, pollution, mass consumption, misuse of scarce resources, war and concentration of power. Which demands should be put on new technology to avoid these negative consequences? How can universities contribute to a shift and make technology a tool for realization of the SDGs?


      • Dr. Adam Habib, Vice-Chancellor, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa


      • Dr. Barnabas Nawangwe, Vice-Chancellor, University of Makerere, Uganda
      • Dr. Svein Stølen, Rector, University of Oslo, Norway
      • Ms. Carolyn Medel-Anonuevo, Senior Programme Specialist/Head of Education Unit,UNESCO Regional Office for Southern Africa
      • Ms. Elisabeth Gulbrandsen, Special adviser, Research Council of Norway
      • Ms. Andrea K. Felde, PhD candidate, University of Bergen, Norway
      • Dr. Adam Habib, Vice-Chancellor, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa


      • Dr. Hilligje van't Land, Secretary General, International Association of Universities (IAU)

      16:20-16:40    SDGs in action – The SDGs from an indigenous perspective: equality in education

      • Mini panel debate: Dr. Pigga Keskitalo, Sámi University of Applied Sciences and Dr. Astri Andresen, University of Bergen in dialogue with Professor Siri Gloppen, University of Bergen.

      19:00  Conference dinner

      • Venue: Hotel Norge by Scandic

      Day Two: Friday 7 February

      09:00-11:30    The Global Health Gap (including Q&A)

      SDG 3 calls for healthy lives and wellbeing for all at all ages by 2030. To achieve this goal, we need to address the global health gap, namely the huge health inequities that persist between rich and poor people (both within and across countries) and inequitable access to essential health services and technologies. There is much optimism that biomedical innovations and emerging technologies, notably digital technologies, can be harnessed to close the health gap. At the same time, major gaps in knowledge, evidence and finance and asymmetries of power shape the potential for emerging technologies to benefit health equity. How can improved access to health care and emerging technologies contribute to the SDGs: better health, a healthy workforce, eradication of extreme poverty, improved economic productivity and reduced inequalities?


      • Dr. Sakiko Fukuda-Parr, Professor of International Affairs, the New School in New York, USA, and Director of the Independent Panel on Global Governance for Health

      Followed by:

      • Dr. Sakiko Fukuda-Parr in conversation with Dr. Katerini Storeng, University of Oslo and Dr. Ole Frithjof Norheim, University of Bergen


      • Mr. Tore Lærdal, Lærdal Medical AS
      • Dr. Kristine Onarheim, University College London
      • Dr. Kalipso Chalkidou, Centre for Global Development, Washington DC and Imperial College London
      • Mr. Paul Fife, Director of the Department for Education and Global Health – Norad
      • Dr. Mahlet Kifle Habtemarian, Principal programme officer at Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, Addis Ababa


      • Dr. Katerini Storeng, Centre for Development and the Environment, University of Oslo

      11:30-12:00    SDGs in action

      • Introduction by Dr. Ole Frithjof Norheim, Professor, University of Bergen
      • Dr. Erlend Grønningen, Doctors Without Borders: Access to essential medicines.
      • PhD Candidate Emily Mclean, University of Bergen: Ethical dilemmas among abortion service providers in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

      12:00-13:00   Lunch

      13:00-14:05    National Platform for SDG Quality in Higher Education (including Q&A)

      Presentation of the National Platform for SDG Quality in Higher Education

      • Dr. Solve Sæbø, Pro-rector Education, Norwegian University of Life Sciences

      Comments on the National Platform for SDG Quality in Higher Education by:

      • Dr. Kenneth Ruud, Pro-Rector for research, UiT – The Arctic University of Norway
      • Dr. Sjur Baardsen, Rector, Norwegian University of Life Sciences
      • Dr. Svein Stølen, Rector, University of Oslo
      • Dr. Anne Borg, Rector, Norwegian University of Science and Technology
      • Dr. Dag Rune Olsen, Rector, University of Bergen and Chair, Universities Norway


      • Mr. Dankert Vedeler, former co-chair of the global SDG Education 2030 Steering Committee

      14:05–14:30  Closing remarks / End of Conference

      • Dr. Annelin Eriksen, Vice-rector for Global Relations, University of Bergen