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Published June 10, 2020 2:26 PM

How can we transform our policies and practices related to economic growth, food and agriculture, and our everyday consumption patterns? In his new podcast Dan Banik discusses the experiences of developing and “emerging economies” in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

2019 activities
Published Dec. 20, 2019 2:41 PM

2019 has been a very productive year for the Oslo SDG Initiative. In addition to academic publications and events, we have also actively disseminated our research to policy makers and other stakeholders in Norway and abroad. 


Published Oct. 25, 2019 1:17 PM

We were delighted to host our inaugural annual conference on 14-15 October. Our aim was to go beyond the usual rhetoric and engage with political and business leaders as well as academics and activists in an effort to nuance the discourse on political commitment, financing and implementation of the SDGs. In particular, we wished to better understand how, and to what extent, scientific evidence shapes and influences political decision-making on climate and development policy.

UN headquarters in NY
Published Sep. 10, 2019 5:14 PM

Members of the Oslo SDG Initiative attended the High Level Political Forum (HLPF) on sustainable development that was held at UN headquarters in New York under the auspices of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) in the period 9-18 July 2019.

Panel 1
Published May 23, 2019 11:09 AM

Together with the Norwegian Consulate General in Mumbai, the National Foundation for India and Samhita Social Ventures, we recently organized a forum in Mumbai on the role of business in promoting sustainable development in an Indian context.

Kolkata streets
Published Mar. 5, 2019 9:37 AM

Together with the University of Calcutta, the Oslo SDG Initiative recently organized a workshop in Kolkata, India, aiming to provide a better understanding of the role of human agency and feedbacks to behaviors, values and norms that affect the functioning of Earth Systems. 

Published Feb. 19, 2019 10:33 AM

To what extent is the Indian government promoting and institutionalising the SDGs within a broader policy framework? And how is the 2030 Agenda being integrated in state planning, budgeting, monitoring and financing for SDGs? The Oslo SDG Initiative was represented by Professor Dan Banik and Professor Sidsel Roalkvam in the second National Conclave on Institutionalizing SDGs in New Delhi on 4th and 5th February 2019.

Dan Banik gave a talk at the annual conference of the International Green Economy Association (IGEA) in Beijing
Published Jan. 30, 2019 4:39 PM

A delegation from the Oslo SDG Initiative recently visited Beijing to interact with various stakeholders on sustainable development and the national follow-up of the SDGs in China. In addition to dialogue with several think tanks and organisations, Prof. Dan Banik also gave guest lectures at UNDP China and the CPC Central Party School.

Published Dec. 20, 2018 11:24 AM

2018 has been an eventful year for the Oslo SDG Initiative! We would like to thank all of our supporters and collaborators, and look forward to continuing our work in 2019.

Published Apr. 26, 2018 3:36 PM

Vårt Land: Undernutrition in some form affects one third of the world's population, writes Kari Helene Partapuoli and Dan Banik in Vårt Land.

Published Apr. 26, 2018 10:34 AM

Vårt Land: Only 1/10 Norwegians believe that poverty can be eliminated by 2030. - Success will also depend on how we deal with factors such as war and conflict, environmental disasters, food production and job creation, argues Dan Banik.

Full interview here (Behind paywall. NB! In Norwegian)

Published Feb. 9, 2018 12:05 PM

Dagens Næringsliv: Private sector efforts towards the Sustainable Development Goals must not end in failure. That will require division of responsibility and long-term dedication, argue Benedicte Bull and Dan Banik.

Full text here (Behind paywall. NB! In Norwegian)

Published Feb. 7, 2018 11:32 AM

What Works: The idea of “sustainable development” has witnessed a resurrection in the past couple of years following the adoption of the 2030 Agenda and its accompanying 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 193 heads of state in 2015. Since its inception in the international development discourse in the late 1980s, sustainable development has acquired new layers of meaning and been celebrated for its rhetorical appeal to political correctness. But is it a useful tool for global development?

Full text here.

Published Dec. 13, 2017 5:27 PM

Bistandsaktuelt: It has been two years since the SDGs were put on the international development agenda. Dan Banik reflects on what the world has achieved so far, who have shown the greatest interest for the new agenda and, not least, where the challenges lie ahead. Full text here (NB! In Norwegian)

Published Dec. 8, 2017 4:01 PM

Global Policy: Dan Banik and Jason Miklian show how and why the private sector's role in sustainable development has become a $2 trillion shadow industry, and ask what this change means for the future of development and even the liberal international order itself. You can read the full article here