The Crown Princess attends the 2020 Virtual Keystone Dialogue

On Monday and Tuesday, The Crown Princess took part in the 2020 Virtual Keystone Dialogue.

On Monday and Tuesday, The Crown Princess took part in the 2020 Virtual Keystone Dialogue. Photo: Victor Ericsson/The Royal Court of Sweden

On Monday 5 and Tuesday 6 October, The Crown Princess attended the 2020 Virtual Keystone Dialogue.

The meeting was attended by representatives from the world's ten largest fishing and shellfish companies, as well as experts and researchers within the field.

The meeting began on Monday with Chair Shigeru Ito welcoming the participants, after which The Crown Princess gave a speech.

In her speech, The Crown Princess emphasised the importance of SeaBOS and cooperation between fishing companies in order to achieve sustainable fishing:

"Ladies and gentlemen, leaders of the global seafood industry:
You are used to working towards clear and ambitious goals.
You know the power of honouring your commitments.
And you are not afraid to exercise leadership.

"I am convinced that if anyone can achieve a global transformation towards sustainable seafood production and a healthy ocean, you are the group to do it.

"And if you do that – if you show the world that this can really be done – I know that others are going to follow."

Read The Crown Princess's speech in full hereopens in new window.

The Crown Princess attended the video meeting from Haga Palace on Monday.

The Crown Princess attended the video meeting from Haga Palace on Monday. Photo: The Royal Court of Sweden

The 2020 Virtual Keystone Dialogue continued on Tuesday.

SeaBOS aims to make the world's fishing industry operate in a more sustainable manner. The 2020 Virtual Keystone Dialogue included discussions on issues such as IUU (illegal, unreported and unregulated) fishing, how companies can work to reduce plastics in the ocean, climate change, the use of antibiotics and continued work within SeaBOS.

During the meeting, goals with timescales were agreed for the various issues discussed.

The 2020 Virtual Keystone Dialogue concluded with The Crown Princess summing up the meeting:

"By committing to ambitious and time-set goals, you have shown that SeaBOS is not just a place for nice talks, good intentions and pleasant company.

"No: SeaBOS is a gathering of responsible and action-oriented role models, ready to be bold and to act for the benefit of themselves and the ocean they depend on. The ocean we all depend on."

About the Keystone Dialogue

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, SeaBOS. The participating 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, held in the Maldives in November 2016, was the first meeting of the Keystone Dialogueexternal link, opens in new window – meetings and dialogue between industry and researchers on the state of our oceans.

Read The Crown Princess's speech at the Soneva Dialogue in the Maldives hereopens in new window.

During The Crown Princess's visit to 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's speech during her visit to Japan hereopens in new window.

Keystone Dialogue 2 was held in Stockholm in May 2017, and 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's speech at the Keystone Dialogue 2 hereopens in new window.

Keystone Dialogue 3 was held in Karuizawa, Japan in September 2018, where cooperation between fishing companies was developed further.

Read The Crown Princess's speech at the Keystone Dialogue 3 hereopens in new window.

In May 2019, The Crown Princess attended SeaBOS's working meeting in Bergen, Norway. The meeting included discussions on issues such as IUU (illegal, unreported and unregulated) fishing, plastics in the ocean, the use of antibiotics and planning for Keystone Dialogue 4external link, opens in new window, which was held in Phuket, Thailand, in September 2019.

Read The Crown Princess's speech during the meeting in Bergen hereopens in new window.

In May 2020, The Crown Princess took part in SeaBOS's digital working meeting. The meeting included discussions on issues such as IUU fishing, plastics in the ocean and the use of antibiotics.

Read The Crown Princess's speech during the meeting hereopens in new window.

The UN's global sustainable development goals

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 groupexternal link, opens in new window.

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 websiteexternal link, opens in new window.