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SDG CONFERENCE BERGEN 2022

Day 2: Friday 11 February 2022

Programme for Day 2 at the SDG Conference Bergen 2022.

Main content

Opening of digital conference platform from 09:00

SESSION 4: WAYS OF KNOWING (09:30-11:00)

Abstract

The challenges and existential threats that underlie the sustainable development goals demand action. What kind of action? Which ways of knowing should guide it? If the goals, targets, and indicators of Agenda 2030 are designed within the framework of science, is this framework sufficient? What is the role of universities in answering the challenge of sustainable development goals through education and research? This session focuses on how research and higher education should meet sustainability challenges in the 2030 agenda and beyond.

Programme and participants

Keynotes

  • Dr. Andy Stirling, Professor of Science and Technology Policy, University of Sussex
  • Dr. Gabriele Bammer, Professor, National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health, Australian National University

Discussion

  • Dr. Andy Stirling, Professor of Science and Technology Policy, University of Sussex
  • Dr. Gabriele Bammer, Professor, National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health, Australian National University
  • Ms. Vanya Bisht, PhD Student, School for Future of Innovation in Society (SFIS), Arizona State University
  • Mr. Bjørn Kjærand Haugland, CEO, Skift

Session organiser and resource person

Break / mingling opportunity (11:00-11:15)

SESSION 5: JUSTICE AND EQUITY (11:15-12:30)

Justice and Equity: Diversity and the human wealth in modes of knowing

Abstract

While diversity in knowledge is commonly acknowledged, interventions in and conversations about the 2030 Agenda too often treat this wealth of knowing as mere ‘local perspectives’. By many critical scholars, such an instrumentalization of non-Western or non-scientific modes of knowledge as ‘local’ has been seen as comprising cognitive injustices reflecting patterns of colonial and imperial conquest and domination.

Sustainable human development is faced with uncertainties of enormous proportions stemming from intensified planetary pressures, as well as the widening of the existing fault lines heightening social and economic inequalities. A vital easing of such pressures calls for transformational change based on recognizing the diversity of knowledge and its worth for survival and adaptation to a rapidly changing environment.

This panel discussion starts from recognizing both the right and worth of assuming differentiated perspectives on knowledge. We do so, however, not by making rigid distinctions between different modes of knowing but by creating a forum allowing participants to voice their visions of knowledge and its importance for sustainability. We ask:

  • Which perspectives are eclipsed by the current format of policy and intervention work on sustainability?
  • How can we bridge the epistemic differences to form new alliances between forms of knowledge?
  • How can strengthened knowledge help in strengthening the achievement of the 2030 Agenda?

Programme and participants

Welcome and opening

  • Dr. Godwin R. Murunga, Executive Secretary, Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA)

Panellists

Comments by student satellites

  • Speakers TBC

Discussion

Session organisers

Norad: Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation

UNDP Oslo Governance Center (OGC)

Global Research Programme on Inequality (GRIP) University of Bergen

Resource/contact person

Jeanette Da Silva, Norad

Aseem Andrews, UNDP OGC

Bjørn Enge Bertelsen, GRIP

Lunch break (12:30-13:30)

An opportunity to catch up with other conference participants, explore the SDG conference exhibiton or visit the special PhD/Postdoc poster session.

FINAL PANEL (13:30-14:30)

Panellists

  • Dr. Dag O. Hessen, Professor - Center for biogeochemistry in Anthropocene, University of Oslo
  • Ms. Tuva Todnem Lund, President, National Union of Students in Norway
  • Dr. Josè Frantz, Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Research and Innovation, University of the Western Cape
  • Further speakers, TBC

Closing remarks / End of Conference (14:30-14:45)