Description/achievement of initiative
SDG Bergen is a University of Bergen (UiB) strategic initiative to engage with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). UiB has established SDG Bergen to encourage the university's researchers to engage in science diplomacy and to strengthen the science-policy interface. Universities need to gain a stronger presence in international high-level meetings. SDG Bergen is operative in the electoral period of the university's leadership (until 2021), with optional prolongation. Partnerships will endure beyond 2021.
As the first Norwegian university to institutionalise the 2030 Agenda, the University of Bergen (UiB) organised the inaugural, high-level SDG Conference Bergen in February 2018, on behalf of the university sector in Norway and in cooperation with Norway's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Education and Research. The 2018 SDG Conference Bergen was the first of its kind worldwide, and brought together more than 300 national and international researchers, educators, politicians, government and UN officials, NGOs, and industry representatives to discuss how universities can contribute at the science-policy interface required for the goals of the 2030 Agenda. The conference laid the foundation for Norwegian universities to engage their researchers in innovative channels for science diplomacy. Following up on the inaugural 2018 conference, a national committee from the university sector in Norway was appointed to oversee the Conference, which is now an annual event hosted by UiB. During 2018, SDG Bergen established Ocean Sustainability Bergen (OSB), a subsidiary virtual centre for ocean science and diplomacy. SDG Bergen and OSB have attained SDG14 Hub status for UiB with UNAI (United Nations Academic Impact) and IAU (International Association of Universities).
Arrangements for Capacity-Building and Technology Transfer
For many years the University of Bergen (UiB) has established and developed partnerships in all continents and has been a dedicated member of international networks such as the Worldwide Universities Network (WUN), the International Association of Universities (IAU), and the Southern African-Nordic Centre (SANORD), to mention a few. Add to that our extensive cooperation directly with partner institutions in Europe, the Americas, Africa, the Middle East, Asia and the Pacific. SDG Bergen aims to build on these partnerships and enable the networks we are part of and our cooperation with partners to create innovative channels for science diplomacy. Cooperation with international partners is in the DNA of UiB. For decades UiB has referred to itself as Norway's most international university and as a truly global university. Our diversity is our strength, and with the SDG Bergen initiative this commitment spanning the globe is converging into an engagement with the UN's 2030 Agenda.
Coordination mechanisms/governance structure
The University of Bergen (UiB) has created the SDG Bergen Task Force to address and develop the science-policy interface. SDG Bergen was initiated by the UiB Rector and his team and reports directly to the leadership. The task force includes prominent researchers and senior advisers in communication and international cooperation. The premise for the SDG Bergen initiative is a common ground between the UN system, diplomatic missions and the university sector to be involved in global sustainability. UiB has pledged to become carbon-neutral by 2030, as part of the SDG Bergen initiative. Building on the position as Norway's premier SDG-oriented university, UiB has established leadership through a national committee for the 2030 Agenda consisting of leaders from Norway's main research universities and advisers from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Education and Research. The SDG Bergen Task Force reports to the central university leadership (the Rectorate) and is guided by a scientific steering committee, headed by UiB's Vice-Rector for International Relations.
University of Oslo
NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
UiT - The Arctic University of Norway
NMBU - Norwegian University of Life Sciences
UNAI - United Nations Academic Impact
IAU - International Association of Universities