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Your Royal Highness,
Special envoy, Minister, Administrator,
Ladies and Gentlemen,
I am honoured to have this opportunity to address you on this very special day – World Ocean Day.
Like many of you, I have been lucky to spend much of my life by – and sometimes on – the sea. Some of my fondest memories are from there; from fishing with my father in a small rowboat on the Baltic Sea, to watching my own children play in the water on summer days.
And I am sure that just like me, Crown Prince Haakon will never forget when we travelled together to Svalbard – also in company with Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark – in order to deepen our knowledge about the alarming effects of climate change.
I am grateful for these and other experiences. They have definitely contributed to my interest and commitment to ocean sustainability.
And as an alumni ambassador for the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, I consider it a privilege to be able to focus especially on issues relating to goal 14.
Ladies gentlemen: Just like all the Global goals are linked to one another, ocean health is linked to sustainable human development, global food security, livelihoods and poverty reduction.
For a very long time, the seas have given us humans what we need to survive. We have depended on the ocean and its gifts. But now, with climate change, pollution and overfishing, we are at a point where the ocean depends on us. It is time for us to give back – before it is too late.
Ladies and gentlemen: while the ocean is under enormous pressure, it is also full of treasures. Under the surface, along with a diverse array of marine life, lie unique opportunities for us to contribute to solving the great challenges of our time.
Dear Ocean Innovators: It is gratifying to see the diversity and the tangible ambitions of your ideas, with solutions to one of the biggest threats to ocean health – marine pollution.
Hopefully, your work can contribute to more generations being able to experience all the wonderful gifts that a healthy ocean brings!
I wish you every success with each of your unique innovations and I look very much forward to learning of their progress.
Once again, the best of luck!