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HRH King Harald opening speech (PDF 112Kb)
King Harald of Norway highlighted the importance of geosciences in his speech during the opening of the IGC. - Knowledge of earth science is increasingly needed in the study of climate change and to protect us from natural hazards, he emphasised.

IGC President Arne Bjørlykke opening speech (PDF 87 Kb)
- The 33 IGC will demonstrate that knowledge in earth science has become vital to society, IGC President Arne Bjørlykke said at yesterdayæs opening speech. He emphasised the challenge of climate change and the need for a united geoscience community.

IUGS President Zhang Hongren opening speech (PDF 116 Kb)
- Nordic countries have made great contributions in the formulation of the concept of sustainable development, said President of the International Union of Geological Sciences Zhang Hongren in his opening speech.

NCM Secretary General Halldór Ásgrímsson opening speech (PDF 149 Kb)
- we have urgent global needs for raising the interest for the natural sciences in schools and among young people, said Halldór Ásgrímsson, Secretary General of the Nordic Council of Ministers, during the opening of the IGC.

Research Minister Tora Aasland opening speech (PDF 170 Kb)
- Earth sciences have important contributions to make in the face of a number of challenges, said the Norwegian Minister of Research and Higher Education, Tora Aasland, during Wednesday's opening ceremony. She highlighted the Congress' focus on the Arctic and the responsibility towards providing a safe and healthy environment for all people.