Jakob Rhyner

Vice Rector – United Nations University

Jakob Rhyner holds a PhD in Theoretical Physics from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich.

Since 2010: United Nations University, Vice Rector in Europe and Director of the Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS). Responsibilities: Research on environmental risks, including environmentally induced migration; education and capacity building.

Professor at the Agricultural Faculty of the University of Bonn.

Co-Chair of the Governing Council of Future Earth decade initiative.

Board of the German Committee for Disaster Prevention (until November 2016) and other professional organisations.

2001-2011: Swiss Federal Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research (SLF), Davos, Switzerland. Division Leader Avalanche Warning and Risk Management, since 2006 head of SLF. Responsibilities: Early warning systems for snow and hydrological hazards, measurement and observation networks, risk management, as well education and training of safety professionals.

1988-2001: Industrial research, ABB Ltd., Switzerland. Responsibilities: Physical and numerical modeling of electric power systems, particularly the application of high temperature superconductivity, and materials research.


Monday Opening Session – Building a Strong Blue Forum, Mon 8:30

The meaning of the UN Agenda 2030 for Seafood Industry


In September 2015 the UN member states adopted the Agenda 2030 with the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which form the most comprehensive development framework so far. Three SDGs are of direct relevance to the seafood thematic: no. 2. (Zero hunger), no. 6 (Clean water and sanitation), and no. 14 (Life below water). However, there are close linkages to virtually all other SDGs and many of their 169 sub targets, demonstrating the numerous interdependencies, synergies and
tradeoffs within which seafood industry will develop and against which its sustainability will be assessed. Moreover, the SDG agenda and the world wide monitoring of its progress may provide excellent input for comprehensive education and training programmes in seafood industry.

Human Capital & Innovations for the Seafood Industry, Mon 13:20