The discussion on UN Sustainable Development Goals, Bioeconomy and Climate Change

On April 27, 2017 the discussion on UN Sustainable Development Goals, Bioeconomy and Climate Change was held at the Nordic Council of Ministers’ Office in Latvia, Berga Bazars (Marijas street 13/3). The event "Patterns of Biosphere Exhibition Launch & Discussion on SDGs, Bioeconomy and Climate Change" was organized by Embassy of Sweden in Latvia and the Nordic Council of Ministers’ Office in Latvia.

Bioeconomy and biotechnology are associated with about half of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Therefore, bioeconomy is too important to be left to biotechnology entrepreneurs and a handful of policy makers and politicians. It is a matter of concern for all of us. 

Photos from the discussion

Bioeconomy and biotechnology are associated with about half of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Therefore, bioeconomy is too important to be left to biotechnology entrepreneurs and a handful of policy makers and politicians. It is a matter of concern for all of us. This half-day event fostered a debate about the social and economic value of the bioeconomy and invated the audience to explore the hidden and not-so hidden implications of mainstream bioeconomy initiatives and technologies, approaches and policies as well as their positive and negative consequences.

FRANS LENGLET (SE): “The Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Climate Agreement. How to stay within the planetary limits? (with reference to the Patterns of Biosphere Exhibition)”

Dr. TIMOTHY BEDFORD, Oulun Lyseo Lukio (FI):  “The limits to growth: do we ‘read it’ in SDGs?”

ELGARS FELCIS, Researcher, SUSPLACE project, University of Latvia/Wageningen University (LV):  “Bioeconomy and its limits: a critical approach”

ILZE DALBINA, UNESCO LNC (LV): “Education perspectives: ESD and prerequisites for strong sustainability”