HRH The Crown Princess's digital closing speech at 2022 Santpoort Keystone Dialogue

(The spoken version shall take precedence)

Dear friends,

Thank you for this informative tour around the world and your companies. I am excited to hear about these developments.

Your commitments cover a broad range of issues. If you are able to define how progress on these issues can be addressed, you will have provided important leadership for an entire industry – as well as an example for others.

The headline for this last session was: “How to ensure transformative progress and outcomes?” This is exactly what people seem to be asking everywhere.

However, few have the capacity and the willpower to start a transformative movement. Even fewer people have the necessary vision and long-term perspective to maintain it and to keep moving forward.

But I am convinced that this group does. When industry and science work together, you can achieve transformation! I am pleased to see that there is a shared desire to accomplish this, and to provide the necessary leadership.

Dear friends! Since 2016, you have been busy providing a foundation. That was important. Now, you need to show that you are capable of leading a transformation. Demonstrating such leadership depends on everyone in this room. But there are a few people I would thank and encourage in particular:

First, I want to thank Therese Log Bergjord for her leadership and all of her hard work over the last few years. Dear friends: send my best regards to Therese for her speedy recovery, and please do everything you can to support this important next step of SeaBOS.

Second, I am grateful that long-term supporter Khun Thiraphong is now taking on the role as chair of SeaBOS. Good luck with this important task – I trust that you will accomplish great things!

Third, I look forward to the Dialogue in October next year. Doctor Lee: you have been a valued member of the SeaBOS family ever since the start in the Maldives in 2016. And next year, in Korea, I hope that you will have some exciting news to share with us of progress for SeaBOS as a group. I look forward to that!

And for the rest of you: You know that I always ask you to work harder. Today is no different. We all have to do more!

Thank you for making me proud of what you have achieved to date. I am convinced that you will continue to do impressive and exciting things in the years to come. Please keep me posted on all your progress!

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