SANORD Day: The new Millennium Development Goals

SANORD Day: The new Millennium Development Goals

SEMINAR: This open seminar follows the SANORD conference in Malawi last year, which looked at the role of universities promoting the (old) Millennium Development Goals.

14 May 2014 | UiB Global, Bergen, Norway

The Southern Africa-Nordic Centre ( SANORD) promotes research and teaching cooperation between universities in the Nordic and the Southern Africa region. SANORD has 42 member universities, all committed to mark the SANORD Day.

The proposed new Millennium Development Goals presented by a UN high level working group call for the support of experts, but they give no particular room or role for the universities. This should encourage new and enhanced engagement from our side. It is particularly important for SANORD, as a university network across the north-south divide, to involve itself in the process leading to a set of new development goals.


  • 12:00 Anne Christine Johannessen, Vice-Rector for International Affairs:  Why are the new Millennium Development Goals important for UiB and SANORD?
  • 12:30 Gro Th. Lie, Professor and Academic Leader of UiB Global: The importance of cross disciplinary cooperation in the debate about the new Millennium Development Goals.

Short discussion

  • 13:30 Anne Bang, Associate Professor, AHKR:  Why have they forgotten religion?
  • 13:50 Alberto Cimadamore, Professor and Director of CROP:  The key issue behind MDG - fighting poverty and leaving nobody behind?
  • 14:10 Tor Halvorsen, Researcher, UiB Global:  The new goals and their utopian political economy – why a SANORD cooperation can make a difference.

Discussion in plenary

Staff, students and in particular guest students and staff from the Southern African region are invited to participate. 



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