The importance of international collaborations to tackle the current global challenges was discussed at an SLU seminar today. The starting point is an evaluation that has been conducted to highlight the results and lessons learnt from SLU’s collaborations with Vietnam during 1977-2018.
SLU:s Vice-Chancellor Maria Knutson Wedel opened the seminar and the Secretary of State Per Callenberg sent his greeting to the seminar participants via a recorded video. Vietnam’s ambassador to Sweden, H.E. Phan Dang Duong gave a welcome address followed by a presentation of the evaluation by Dr. Solveig Freudenthal, the independant consultant that performed the evaluation.
"International collaboration is vital for SLU and is becoming more and more important to solve climate change, food security, antimicrobial resistence and other global challenges. Especially in these times, it is important to reflect on previous experiences when moving into the future." said Maria Knutson Wedel
A panel consisting of Sweden’s ambassador to Vietnam, H.E. Ann Måwe, as well as Vietnamese ministries and universities, Sida, and SLU, discussed the importance of agricultural and environmental sciences and international collaborations in tackling the current global challenges.
An open discussion with all the participants, where very important and valuable comments and reflections came up, ended the seminar.
The seminar which was mainly held online was moderated by Annika Åhnberg, Honorary Doctor at SLU and former Swedish Minister of Agriculture.