The FK training seminars includes joint workshops on communication, leadership, health and security and global issues, as well as more sector specific topics. Mr. Vegard Holmelid, Minister Counsellor of the Royal Norwegian Embassy, was invited to the seminar to give a presentation on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Mr. Holmelid started his presentation by giving an introduction to the SDGs, and why they are important. There are 17 SDGs and they represent a global framework for development. The SDGs are a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity. Mr. Holmelid pointed out that the SDGs provide clear guidelines, targets and indicators, guiding the work of governments, civil society, businesses, research institutions and others. That SDGs are measurable makes it possible for progress to be monitored and efforts to be optimized. Furthermore, Mr. Holmelid emphasized that the goals are interconnected. For instance, if you address education, you also have to address gender equality. Ensuring development and growth must be done multidimensionally.
Mr. Holmelid ended his session by encouraging the participants to keep working in partnerships, old and new, and to be innovative, in order to better utilize all available resources as efficiently as possible. This again could have a positive impact on our common future.
Mr. Holmelid’s contribution was well received at the seminar. Hopefully his presentation on the Sustainable Development Goals was inspiring to the participants.