From Sunday 2 to Tuesday 4 September, The Crown Princess took part in the third edition of the Keystone Dialogue. The Stockholm Resilience Centre arranged the meeting, in which the CEOs of ten of the world's biggest fishing and shellfish companies took part. The aim was to develop global cooperation in connection with sustainable oceans.
Keystone Dialogue 3 was held in Karuizawa, Japan. The meeting was a continuation of the previous dialogues held in the Maldives in November 2016 and in Stockholm in May 2017, as well as the informal meetings with the biggest Japanese fishing and shellfish companies held at the Swedish Embassy in Tokyo in April 2017.
Keystone Dialogue 3 began on the Sunday evening with Ambassador Magnus Robach hosting a reception at the Swedish Residence in Tokyo.
On the Monday, the meeting in Karuizawa was opened by The Crown Princess who said: "Today, there is a growing awareness of the critical role your industry plays in ensuring access to high-quality, nutritious food. [...] In the end, it is a simple equation: For a healthy world, we need a healthy – and sustainable – seafood industry. [...]
"In only two years, you have achieved a lot. The conversations that you are having are already influencing a much wider conversation about the need for ocean stewardship and sustainability in seafood production. You are setting new standards for the global seafood industry. You are, indeed, leaders – in the true sense of the word."
Read the speech in full here.
Keystone Dialogue 3 included discussions on SeaBOS activities and how the cooperation between the fishing companies should be developed further.
The visit to Japan concluded with The Crown Princess attending a concert featuring the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra at Suntory Hall in Tokyo.
Cooperation between fishing companies was deepened at Keystone Dialogue 3. A clear plan was drawn up for how these major players can develop their capacity to lead a transition towards sustainably caught or farmed fish and shellfish, and how these companies can take greater global responsibility for the world's oceans. The work focuses on ensuring that products caught illegally or under slave-like conditions are not included in the companies' value chains. This is ensured through greater traceability as well as increased transparency and public reporting of the companies' various operations. At Keystone Dialogues 3, the CEOs also agreed on how the joint work should be led and financed, which means there is now a stable institutional foundation for long-term cooperation between the companies.
Ten of the world's biggest fishing and shellfish companies have issued a joint statement on a ten-point action plan for sustainable ocean management. This was the result of the Soneva Dialogue, which was held in the Maldives in November 2016.
The companies have undertaken to improve transparency and traceability within their operations and to reduce illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing in their supply chains.
The Soneva Dialogue was the first meeting within the Keystone Dialogue between industry and researchers on the state of our oceans. Soneva Dialogue was held in the Maldives in November 2016.
Read The Crown Princess' speech at the Soneva Dialogue in the Maldives here.
During The Crown Princess' visit to Tokyo, Japan in April 2017, a follow-up session on the Soneva Dialogue was held. Japanese fishing companies and experts were invited to a more informal dialogue held at the Swedish Embassy in Tokyo.
Read The Crown Princess' speech during her visit to Tokyo here.
The second Keystone Dialogue was held in Stockholm on 15-16 May 2017. Keystone Dialogue 2 resulted in deeper cooperation between companies. A clear plan was drawn up for how these major players can develop their capacity to lead a transition towards sustainably caught or farmed fish and shellfish, and how these companies can take greater global responsibility for the world's oceans.
Read The Crown Princess' speech at Keystone Dialogue 2 in Stockholm here.
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.
In her role as an advocate, The Crown Princess has chosen to focus in particular on work relating to the sea and fishing.
Find out more about the global goals and Agenda 2030 at the UN's website.