In the seminar, we focus on economic relations and aid, peace operations, climate and ocean – with special attention to Chinese and Nordic international engagements. We present early insights from our ongoing research and invite you to join our discussion.

Click here for the full programme for Day Zero: 2019 SDG Conference Bergen.

Erik Solheim has long and top level diplomatic and political experience from development, environment and peace and conflict. He recently led UN Environment and he is the former chair of the OECD Development Assistance Committee. He has served as Minister of Environment and International Development. He has worked closely with Chinese counterparts over many years.

Research presentations will be given by:
Hans Jørgen Gåsemyr (NUPI/UiB): International SDG priorities
Elling Tjønneland (CMI): Economic engagements in Africa
Kari M Osland (NUPI): Peace and conflict involvement
Lingling Suo (Nansen Environmental and Remote Sensing Center) and Hans Jørgen Gåsemyr: Climate change impacts and ocean economies

Erik Solheim offers prepared comments.

Camilla Brautaset will chair the event. She is a Professor and the Head of the UiB Advisory Board on China-relations.

The event is organized by the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI), Chr. Michelsen Institute (CMI) and the University of Bergen (UiB). The seminar is a part of UiB’s Day Zero: 2019 SDG Conference Bergen.