Achieving sustainable development: Bridging the gap between research and policy

Annual Oslo SDG Initiative conference in collaboration with Norad

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Welcome to the annual Oslo SDG Initiative ( conference in collaboration with Norad.

A recent meta-study of the scientific evidence on the political impact of the SDGs (Biermann et al. 2022) finds that the global goals have had limited transformative political impact thus far. While there has been some political impact on local and global governance, this has been largely discursive. Indeed, the more profound normative and institutional impact of the SDGs (e.g., legislative action, changing resource allocation, etc.) have been rare. There were growing concerns, even before the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, that the pace of action for achieving the SDGs was slow. With global attention focused on the pandemic and the Ukraine war, the SDGs appear to be losing their appeal.

Our aim is to go beyond the usual rhetoric on why the SDGs are important and engage with a wide range of stakeholders to nuance the discourse on political commitment, financing, and implementation of the SDGs. In doing so, we wish to bridge the gap between research and policy in trying to better understand what is working, where, how and why. We will also discuss the potential contours of a post-2030 Agenda.

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Achieving sustainable development: Bridging Research and Policy on Sustainable Development

Annual Oslo SDG Initiative Conference in collaboration with Norad

31 October, University of Oslo, Professorboligen, Karl Johans gate 47

Preliminary agenda

0900: Welcome

Svein Stølen, Rector, University of Oslo
Dan Banik, Professor, University of Oslo

0905: Special address by Crown Prince Haakon of Norway

09.15 – 10.15 — Panel 1: What works: Political commitment and finance for the SDGs

Anne Beathe Tvinnereim, Minister of Development, Norway

Tumaini Malenga, The African Institute for Development Policy, Malawi

Benedicte Bull, University of Oslo

Moderator: Dan Banik, University of Oslo

10.15 – 10.20 — Break

10.20 – 11.20: Panel 2: Energy security: Are rich country's climate policies colonialism in green?

Kathrine Sund-Henriksen, Norwegian Forum for Development and Environment

Tanja Winther, University of Oslo

Camilla Houeland, Fafo

Solveig Aamodt, CICERO Center for International Climate Research

Ida Dokk Smith, Norwegian Institute of International Affairs

Moderator: Kacper Szulecki, Norwegian Institute of International Affairs

11.20-11.30 — Break

11.30 – 12.30 — Panel 3: Sustainable health, misinformation and trust

Eivind Engebretsen, University of Oslo

Mona Baker, SHE, University of Oslo

Sudhvir Singh, Independent Panel for Pandemic Preparedness and Response, WHO

Tony Sandset, University of Oslo

Evgenia Taranova, University of Oslo

Moderator: Kristin Heggen Centre for Sustainable Healthcare Education (SHE), University of Oslo


LUNCH (12.30 – 13.00)

13.00 – 14.00 — Panel 4: Food security in a post-pandemic world 

Bjørg Sandkjær, State Secretary, Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Bernhard Stormyr, Yara

Greta Juskaite, Norwegian University of Life Science

Knut Andreas Lid, Caritas Norge

Moderator: Ruth Haug, Norwegian University of Life Science 

14.00 – 14.05 — Break

14.05 – 15.05 — Panel 5: Democracy and sustainable development

Torbjørn Røe Isaksen, E24

Sigrid Z. Heiberg, Oslo MDG

Lise Rakner, University of Bergen

Arvinn Gadgil, UNDP Oslo Governance Centre

Moderator: Nikolai Hegertun, Norad

15.05 – 15.15 — Closing remarks

Sidsel Roalkvam, University of Oslo


Tags: SDG, Democracy, SustGOV, Sustainable development
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