Norway and the Sustainable Development Goals

On Wednesday the 23rd of November, the Norwegian Ambassador, Jan Grevstad, gave a talk at Gachon University in Seoul, to an audience of international students, and representatives of the student organisation Deajayon. The topic of the talk was the Norwegian engagement with, and ideas surrounding the Sustainable Development Goals, or the Agenda 2030. What are Norway’s interests and priorities concerning the SDGs?

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The Sustainable Development Goals, also called the SDGs, or Agenda 2030, is a set of 17 ambitious goals for current and future global development. The goals were adopted in New York on the 25th of September last year, and the aim is to achieve these goals by 2030. The goals unite economic, social and environmental aspects of development, where the overarching goal is to eradicate poverty.

Norway has, from the very beginning, been one of the driving forces behind the implementation of the new global goals. The Norwegian commitment is exemplified in the position of our Prime Minister Erna Solberg as co-chair, along with the president of Ghana H.E. John Dramani Mahama, of the UN Secretary-General’s SDG Advocacy Group. Norway was also one of the first countries to submit a voluntary and comprehensive review of the work towards the development goals to the UN this past summer. 

The development goals are many, and Norway therefore aims to focus efforts specific goals. A central idea set out by Norwegian foreign policy suggests that continued poverty is linked to deeper root-causes: lacks of access to education, inequality between the genders, and lacks of access to basic healthcare. These are the most important priorities for Norway on the SDG agenda.

The SDGs are an opportunity to imagine and strive towards the world we want: a world free of poverty and hunger, where gender equality has been achieved, human rights are respected, where no one is left behind, and where our environment and climate is protected. The SDG give us a roadmap that, if we manage to involve all sectors and all segments of our society, may show us the way to the future we imagine.