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.

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

Day Zero: Wednesday 5 February

Day One: Thursday 6 February

09:00-09:30    Registration and coffee

09:30-09:45    Conference Opening

  • Dr. Dag Rune Olsen, Rector, University of Bergen and Chair, Universities Norway
  • Representative from the National Union of Students in Norway (TBA)

09:45-10:30    The Bergen SDG Lecture

  • 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 (including Q & A)

10:30-12:30    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.


    • Ms. Judith Joan Walker, Director of Operations, African Clean Energy


    • 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
    • Dr. Mario Giampietro, Institute of Environmental Science & Technology, Autonomous University of Barcelona


    • Dr. Roger Strand, Professor, University of Bergen

    12:30-13:00    SDGs in action

    13:00-14:00    LUNCH

    14:00-16:00    Technology and Knowledge for Sustainability and Equality

    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. Neth Daño, Co-executive Director, ETC Group, Philippines
      • Dr. Barnabas Nawangwe, Vice-Chancellor, University of Makerere, Uganda
      • Dr. Svein Stølen, Rector, University of Oslo, Norway
      • Ms. Andrea K. Felde, student, University of Bergen, Norway


      • Dr. Hilligje van´t Land, Secretary General, International Association of Universities (IAU)

      16:00-16:30    SDGs in action


      Day Two: Friday 7 February

      09:00-12:30    The Global Health Gap

      HEALTH on a global scale is locked into a “health gap” with substantial inequalities in access for the bottom billion to essential and highly effective health services as well as new advances in gene- and biotechnology. How can access to health care and new health 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


        • 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

        12:30-13:00    SDGs in action

        • 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.

        13:00- 14:00   LUNCH

        14:00-14:45    National Platform for SDG Quality in Higher Education

        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. Bjarne Foss, Pro-Rector for research, Norwegian University of Science and Technology
        • Dr. Dag Rune Olsen, Rector, University of Bergen and Chair, Universities Norway

        14:45 – 15:00 Closing remarks

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