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Breakfast Seminar: The Sustainable Development Goals and regional growth – Is it possible?
15 May 2019 09:00 - 11:00
Breakfast seminar: The Sustainable Development Goals and regional growth – Is it possible?
Date: May 15th 2019, 09.00 – 11.00
Venue: Oslo Region European Office, Rue du Luxembourg 3, Brussels
The sustainable development goals (SGD) call upon governments, businesses and civil society to come together and work towards a sustainable planet, leaving no one behind. Many, if not all regions, are working towards this in one form or another.
A major pitfall exists in that it is easy to fall into when working towards the SDGs are so-called “cherry picking”, i.e. selecting a few goals to focus on while neglecting others. However, in doing so, one might actually end up strengthening one goal, but at the expense of others. Therefore, the 17 SDGs must be viewed as a whole, and it then becomes more clear that they are both interconnected and interdependent.
One of the main questions one might ask, is this: How can a region ensure that they contribute toward the SDGs while at the same time ensuring economic growth? Is this possible, or are they mutually exclusive?
If interested, you can find below all the presentations which were given during the Breakfast Seminar:
- “How to build a new region in light of the SDGs?” Erik Lagethon, Advisor Regional Development, Oppland County Authority (NO)
- “A territorial approach to the SDGs” Stina Heikkila, Policy Analyst OCDE
- “Implementing SDGs in regional planning – more than words?” Eva Hallström, Regional Councillor Värmland (SE)
- “The SDGs in Flanders” Ine Baetens, Expert Sustainable Development Flanders (BE)
The Seminar was filmed as well, and you can find the video on the official Facebook page of the Oslo Region European Office.