Norway and sustainable development

Norway’s Prime Minister: “We will do our part”

Published June 1, 2015

Prime Minister Erna Solberg calls for ambitious international agreements to tackle climate change, eradicate poverty and ensure sustainable food production.

Solberg was among the key speakers at the opening of the 2015 EAT Food Forum. She argued that agreements to deal with climate change, poverty and sustainable food production is possible.

“We need to work in parallel, see the different issues in connection with each other, and find good solutions. I am glad that EAT puts these challenges on the agenda,“ Solberg said in her presentation.

And she continued:

“In September we will launch the new Sustainable Development Goals, and at the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris in December the world must adopt a new climate agreement.”

Need to reach ambitious agreement
The overarching objective of the proposed UN Sustainable Development Goals is to eradicate extreme poverty by 2030. When it comes to climate change, there is a need to reach an ambitious agreement in Paris which builds on individual countries’ contributions and which mobilises a concerted, global effort.

“We will do our part. Norway’s target for the Paris agreement is to reduce emissions by at least 40 % by 2030 compared with 1990 levels. We aim to do this jointly with the EU. We fully subscribe to the long-term objective of becoming a low-emission society, we underline the importance of innovation and technology development, and we see the opportunities that the green transition will provide,” Solberg said.

Norway can make global contribution
Norway’s main contribution to the global food market is its production and export of seafood. Solberg argues that Norway can make a global contribution by sharing its experience and knowledge on sea-based production and principles of ecosystem management.

“With the right set of policies and strong public–private partnerships, I believe we will find ways to make commercial profit through increased agricultural production. For many developing and emerging economies, this will be of key importance,” Solberg said.

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