Nordic Edge Expo

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 Implementation Programme (U4SSC IP). Secretary General of the Organization for International Economic Relations, Austria, Vienna www.oier.pro and Leader of the UN`s United for Smart and Sustainable Cities U4SSC Implementation Program https://www.itu.int/en/ITU-T/ssc/united/Pages/default.aspx which is supporting cities, regions and communities worldwide in identifying needs, finding sustainable solutions, partnerships and investments https://news.itu.int/un-collaboration-supports-smart-city-action/

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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Anne Romsaas is Chief Adviser on SDG in KS – The Norwegian Association of Local and Regional Authorities, and Chairman of the board in the Norwegian Smart Cities Network. She works to motivate, support and encourage Norwegian Municipalities and Regional Authorities to develop innovative and good services for citizens and inclusive communities through applying the SDGs and Smart City technology, and lobby to strengthen local democracy and enabling environments for local development. Anne Romsaas has a Masters Degree in Sociology, and has worked in the municipal sector for many years, mainly with innovation, technology and competency building actions.

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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 eco-system of green solutions and unlock sustainable commercial opportunities worldwide.

Sølve is responsible for development of Innovation Norway’s portfolio of business services for the green and digtial transition happening in Norway right now. Before joining Innovation Norway, Sølve helped Rolls-Royce Marine restructure the business for a sustainable future of digitally optimized and emssion free maritime solutions.

Earlier, Sølve worked extensively with green transformation programmes in Europe through his work for the European Free Trade Association, where he contributed to funding sustainable development projects across several EU/EEA states.

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