The Crown Princess attends the AquaVision conference

On Wednesday 13 June, The Crown Princess took part in the AquaVision conference, Meeting Tomorrow Today, in Stavanger, Norway.

The themes for this year's conference were The Blue Revolution and Beyond Tomorrow. The Blue Revolution was the theme for Tuesday's programme, during which speakers included former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

Wednesday's programme, on the theme of Beyond Tomorrow, began with discussions on how the global food industry is changing.

The Crown Princess then spoke on the subject of the Ocean Challenge and SeaBOS. In her speech, she said: "Let there be no doubt: the challenges are enormous. But let us also recognise that we have started to take them on. Governments, civil society and the private sector are finally coming together to save the world's oceans."

The Crown Princess concluded her speech by saying: "… to ensure a healthy future for all, we need healthy oceans. Therefore, I am glad to see you taking action for a sustainable seafood industry; finding new solutions that are both innovative and commercially viable."

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

After The Crown Princess's speech, speakers including Professor Carl Folke, Dr Henrik Österblom and Chairman of SeaBOS Knut Nesse talked about the importance of SeaBOSexternal link, opens in new window.

The Crown Princess's attendance at AquaVisionexternal link, opens in new window concluded with a lunch at which discussions were held on the industry's responsibility for sustainable fishing.

AquaVision, which has been held every other year since 1996, aims to emphasise the importance of sustainable development within aquaculture. This year's conference saw the involvement of 450 people from 45 different countries.

The Crown Princess speaks at the AquaVision conference in Stavanger, Norway. Photo: Jan Inge Haga/Skretting

The Crown Princess speaks at the AquaVision conference in Stavanger, Norway. Photo: Jan Inge Haga/Skretting

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 Dialogue – meetings and dialogue between industry and researchers on the state of our oceans.

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

During The Crown Princess' 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' 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' speech at the Keystone Dialogue 2 hereopens in new window.

The Crown Princess as an advocate for the UN's global sustainable development goals

The Crown Princess is one of 16 members of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Advocacy Groupexternal link, opens in new window. 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 websiteexternal link, opens in new window.