On Tuesday 23 February, The Crown Princess took part in a digital symposium on the ecosystem of the Antarctic in a changed climate and Sweden's role as Chair of the Convention for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR).
Topics for discussion included the basis for Sweden's presence in the Antarctic and the greatest challenges today in terms of sustainable management. Invited speakers also described how Swedish research contributes towards ecosystem-based management of the Antarctic.
The Crown Princess opened the symposium with a speech, in which she said:
"We face great challenges. The waters around the Antarctic are home to enormous quantities of krill, lanternfish and cephalopods. These in turn are food for the earth's greatest concentration of marine mammals and seabirds. This is an effective ecosystem – but it is also fragile, and is sensitive to climate change, overfishing and pollution.
"The Antarctic depends on us – and we depend on the Antarctic. The future of these species affects us all."
Since the beginning of the last century, Sweden has played an active role in Antarctic research. Sweden began a full voting member of the Antarctic Treaty System in 1984. The main objective of the system is to ensure "in the interests of all humankind that Antarctica shall continue forever to be used exclusively for peaceful purposes and shall not become the scene or object of international discord". The Convention on the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources is part of the Antarctic Treaty System.
Sweden assumed chairmanship of the Convention for a period of two years at the annual meeting held in November 2020. The Director General of the Swedish Agency for Marine and Water Management (HaV) has been appointed as chairman, and HaV also represents Sweden in the Convention's work on behalf of the Swedish Government. Minister for Foreign Affairs Ann Linde attended the symposium to launch Sweden's chairmanship.
HaV arranged the symposium in partnership with the Swedish Polar Research Secretariat, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences and the Swedish National Committee for Global Environmental Change.
In January 2016, the then UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon appointed the Crown Princess as one of 17 advocates for the work involved with the UN's Sustainable Development Goals. The advocates' task is to promote the UN's Sustainable Development Goals – Agenda 2030 – in various ways. Since 2019, The Crown Princess has been part of the alumni group.
As an alumnus, The Crown Princess will continue 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.