On Monday 6 March, The Crown Princess took part in the Baltic Sea Future conference which was held at Stockholmsmässan. The Crown Princess is an advocate for the UN's global sustainable development goals, a role which primarily involves issues relating to water and health.
Baltic Sea Future is an interdisciplinary conference initiated by Stockholm University, the City of Stockholm and the Sustainable Seas Foundation. The conference aims to support municipalities in their essential environmental work relating to the Baltic Sea. The 350 participants are mayors from municipalities around the Baltic Sea, officials, researchers and representatives from industry.
The Crown Princess opened the conference and emphasised that Baltic Sea Future is an excellent example of working together across national boundaries – decision-makers, researchers, entrepreneurs and investors – to find new ways forward for sustainable development in the Baltic region.
The Crown Princess said that humans and our way of life are a hazard to the Baltic Sea, but that we are also capable of saving it – with commitment, collaboration and innovation.
The Crown Princess thanked everyone for attending and for generously sharing their knowledge and best practices. She also urged them to make the most of the opportunity and to use their time wisely, because when it comes to the future of the Baltic Sea, there is no time to waste.
Read The Crown Princess' speech in full here.
Stockholm Finance Commissioner Karin Wanngård, Vice-Chancellor of Stockholm University Astrid Söderbergh Widding and former Minister for the Environment Lena Ek then gave talks.
A discussion titled 'A common vision and understanding of the challenges in the Baltic Sea region' was held between Minister for the Environment Karolina Skog, Åsa Bjering from the Baltic Sea Commission and Johan Rockström from the Stockholm Resilience Centre.
The morning concluded with Olof Gränström and Mikael Arevius from the Gapminder Foundation speaking on the subject of a fact-based world view.
Baltic Sea Future was held for the first time this year, and will be an annual conference.
With the help of the region's leading researchers and with examples of good practice from municipalities and businesses that have succeeded in dealing with challenges, the municipalities will be given greater knowledge, motivation and concrete tools for increasing the pace and ambition of their own work to achieve a healthy Baltic Sea and to comply with the EU's Baltic Sea Strategy and Agenda 2030 with its 17 globally adopted sustainability goals.
Baltic Sea Future was held at Stockholmsmässan on 6-7 March 2017.
The Crown Princess is one of 16 members of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Advocacy Group. The group's task is to promote the UN's sustainable development goals – Agenda 2030 – in various ways.
The Crown Princess' role as advocate will involve following the goals relating to water and health particularly closely.
Find out more about the global goals and Agenda 2030 at the UN's website.