Program 2023

We are coping with nearly unprecedented disruption and further challenges loom on the horizon. This year’s Global Outlook takes stock of current predicaments but also aims to provide a window into a new reality: one where we may find ways of drawing more forcefully on our values, bridge political divides and remedy the nature crisis.

The Global Outlook partners 2023: University of Agder, GCE NODE, Gard, Arendals Fossekompani and Eyde Cluster will again invite you to Arendalsuka's main stage at Arendal Kulturhus. 


This years theme is Bridging a fragmented world

Crises on multiple fronts are deepening global divisions. War in Europe, US-China rivalry, widening inequality and a nature in distress are just a few of the serious issues fragmenting the world. Can we draw upon our values to find innovative, inclusive solutions? And, what is the cost of inaction?

Prominent experts from Oslo, Rome, New Delhi, Kyiv, Stockholm and Brussels turn the spotlight on key global trends, share their perspectives on ways to mitigate disaster, tackle disruption, bridge political and social divides


The Global Outlook takes place on the opening day of Arendalsuka, Norway’s biggest political and societal festival offering 2,000 seminars and events over five days. It is attended by Norwegian activists, policy and decision makers from civil service, business and politics. Entry is free for all arrangements.



Monday 14 August at 12:00 - 14:00 CET at Arendal Kulturhus - main stage Store Torungen



  • "Bridging a fragmented world – the view from Norway" - Anniken Huitfeldt, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Norway, will open the event
  • "Earth4All: How to achieve wellbeing for All within planetary boundaries" - Sandrine Dixson-Declève, Co-president, Club of Rome
  • "Bridging a Fragmented world – A view from the East" - C. Raja Mohan, Senior Fellow, Asia Society Policy Institute, New Delhi, Foreign Affairs analyst and Author of book on China-India rivalry
  • "Resilience and entrepreneurship in the time of war: what can we learn from the front lines in Ukraine" - Maryna Saprykina, Head of Ukraine’s Center for CSR Development 
  • Panel Discussion with Georg Riekeles, Associate Director, European Policy Centre, Brussels, Vidar Helgesen, Executive Director, Nobel Foundation and Sofie Høgestøl, USA Expert, lawyer with a doctorate from the Norwegian Center for Human Rights and a Associate professor at the Nordic Institue for Maritime Law, University of Oslo.

Moderator Anita Pratap, international journalist, author and documentary filmmaker


Welcome to Global Outlook 2023 part of the main program at Arendalsuka.