LUCSUS Seminar: Negotiating Sustainable Development: Nordic Visions for Common Futures before the Brundtland Report
Welcome to a seminar with invited guest Melina Antonia Buns (University of Oslo)
The term sustainable development is inextricably linked with the 1987 report ‘Our Common Future’ and the chairwomen of the World Commission on Environment and Development (WCED), Gro Harlem Brundtland. While this association has strengthened Norway’s image of a ‘green’ country decisively, it has also reinforced the ‘environmental frontrunner’-narrative of the Nordic region in general. But just as the concept sustainable development itself comprises diverging interests, initial Nordic ideas of sustainable development appear to have been closely tied to development aid and thus directed to the ‘Global South’, rather than to environmental policies also comprising the ‘Global North’. Based on Nordic cooperation in connection to the WCED, this talk will offer some preliminary thoughts on Nordic visions and ideas of sustainable development, and place them within the larger context of Nordic environmental cooperation and international developments.
Melina Antonia Buns is an international and environmental historian at the Department of Archaeology, Conservation and History at the University of Oslo. She holds a PhD with the thesis ‘Green Internationalists: Nordic Environmental Cooperation, 1967-1988’, which analyses the environmental policies of the Nordic Council and their international entanglements. Currently, she is also part of the ‘Nordic Civil Societies’ research group.
The seminar is part of the theme Situating Sweden and Scandinavia in the Global.
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