In the last two weeks, I had the pleasure of giving a welcoming address at two important and interesting seminars at KIB torget.
First out was the KI Sustainability Day 2019, on May 7th.
It is crucial that Karolinska Institutet takes responsibility for, and drives, societal development where our environment is becoming an increasingly pressured issue.
In our new strategy we talk about the groundbreaking, the engaged or collaborative and the global university. All these aspects are highly relevant for the environment.
The ground breaking university provides the knowledge for a healthy planet.
The engaged, or collaborative, university highlights the need for collaboration for a healthy planet.
The global university is aiming for Agenda 2030 and the 17 sustainability development goals which we should be inspired by and contribute to.
KI effects the environment in many ways, some positive, some negative.
What we eat and how the food is produced effects both our own as well as the health of others and is crucial for the survival of our planet. With better knowledge, I believe we can do a lot in our daily lives both here at our Campus and elsewhere.
I welcomed Line Gordon from the Stockholm Resilience Centre who talked about the EAT Lancet report (https://eatforum.org/eat-lancet-commission/). A very interesting lecture and if I am to adhere to the recommendations in the report, I would clearly need to change my habits.
Today there was a lunch seminar to pay attention to the International day against homophobia, transphobia and biphobia (IDAHOT) which is a yearly, worldwide celebration of sexual and gender diversities
IDAHOT is celebrated in more than 130 countries around the globe. The date of May 17th was specifically chosen to commemorate the World Health Organization’s decision in 1990 to declassify homosexuality as a mental disorder.
Violence and discrimination in any form can never be tolerated by KI, This being central to our core values.
KI works in many ways to promote equal rights and opportunities. One way is to arrange open seminars to raise awareness. We have a legal obligation to protect all our students and employees against discrimination.
I welcomed Richard Bränström, assistant professor at KI:s department of Clinical neuroscience. Richard has studied gay men, lesbians and bisexuals in 28 European countries, showing how a country’s laws and attitudes directly impact the health of its citizens.