Nordic Edge Expo

Breakout session: The Stavanger Declaration on Sustainable Development – What was accomplished in the wake of the declaration and where do cities go from here?

The first Sustainable Development Goals lab was hosted during Nordic Edge 2020. One of the lab outcomes was the Stavanger Declaration:

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) provide a shared direction for creating inclusive, prosperous societies that respect planetary boundaries. Norway is a country of vast resources, and is uniquely equipped to contribute to sustainable development. Realising the SDGs will require global and local action. As municipalities we recognise that we have an important role to play – we both can, and wish, to be part of the solution, now. 

In partnership with the UN, we shall:

  1. Secure that people know what the status is in their local communities
  2. Develop plans to show how the SDGs will be realized at the local level
  3. Mobilize and support citizens, businesses, organizations and academia that contribute to sustainable development 
  4. Measure and evaluate the impact of efforts

The municipalities are committed to overseeing the local implementation of this declaration

On the back of the Stavanger Declaration a number of cities and counties came together and formed the Norwegian City Network of Excellence on SDG City Transitions (no. Bærekraftsnettverket). Since its inception the network has adopted a shared framework and begun developing the toolbox needed to support the implementation of the global goals.

In this session you are introduced to the network, framework and tools for smart and sustainable development being developed, tested and documented:

  • Standards and taxonomies for measuring and monitoring progress
  • Policy innovation and SDG Budgeting
  • Innovation partnerships
  • Sustainable Leadership Development
  • Citizens engagement

Representatives working on different parts of the SDG City Transition framework will contribute with their insights and preliminary results.

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Head of the United for Smart and Sustainable Cities Program Implementation Program (U4SSC IP). Secretary General of the Organization for International Economic Relations, Austria, Vienna and Leader of the UN`s United for Smart and Sustainable Cities U4SSC Implementation Program which is supporting cities, regions and communities worldwide in identifying needs, finding sustainable solutions, partnerships and investments

Vice Chair of the ITU Focus Group on Environmental Efficiency for Artificial Intelligence and other Emerging Technologies (FG-AI4EE)

Board member of the World Council for SDG 11, the Real Estate Advisory Board (REM) of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe, the H22 project of Helsingborg, Sweden and The North West, Aalesund, Norway.

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Senior Adviser on SDG and smart city innovation, KS – The Norwegian Association of Local and Regional Authorities

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Sølve has focussed on international business development from The European Free Trade Association, to Rolls-Royce and Innovation Norway for over a decade. He’s now on a mission to grow the Norwegian smart society eco-system, and unlock value creating opportunities worldwide.

As head of Innovation Norway’s Hub for Smart Societies, he is working through a global team of smart city technology experts involved in cutting edge projects on all continents. Before joining Innovation Norway, Sølve helped Rolls-Royce Marine restructure the business for a sustainable future of connected smart ships and zero emission technology. Earlier, Sølve worked extensively with business and government relations in Europe through his work in the European Free Trade Association, where he funded development projects across several EU/EEA states.

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