Achieving sustainable development: Bridging the gap between research and policy

Annual Oslo SDG Initiative Conference 

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Welcome to the annual Oslo SDG Initiative ( conference.

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.



Achieving sustainable development:

Bridging Research and Policy on Sustainable Development

Annual Oslo SDG Initiative Conference

31 October

University of Oslo, Professorboligen, Karl Johans gate 47

Preliminary agenda

Session 1: What Works? 

09.00 – 09.15








Progress; achievements and challenges; major trends


Oslo SDG

09.15 – 10.15

Panel 1

What works: Political commitment for the SDGs

Political solutions; governance; partnerships; global/national/local implementation; policy coherence; integration; best practices


Oslo SDG



10.15 – 10.20


10.20 – 11.20







Panel 2

What works: Financing for the SDGs

Partnerships; private sector; tax; multilateral finance institutions; aid; SMEs; innovation;  supply chains;  foreign investments; linking aid programs with local policies and priorities




Oslo SDG






Session 2: Thematic panels

11.30 – 12.30

Panel 3: Energy security

SDG7, renewal energy, natural gas, African concerns

 Responsible: INCLUDE, SUM-UiO-Energi

LUNCH (12.30 – 13.30)

13.30 – 14.30

Panel 4: Health  

Health and climate linkages



14.30 – 14.40


14.40 – 15.40

Panel 4: Food security

The Ukraine war, food security in a post-pandemic world


15.40 – 15.50


15.50 – 16.50

Panel 5: Democracy

The politics of climate change and sustainable development


UiO-demokrati/ CircleU

16.50 – 17.00





Tags: SDG, Democracy, SustGOV, Sustainable development
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