The Crown Princess attends the Nobel Prize Summit

This year's Nobel Prize Summit was entirely digital, and The Crown Princess's speech was broadcast direct from the Aula Magna lecture theatre at Stockholm University.

This year's Nobel Prize Summit was entirely digital, and The Crown Princess's speech was broadcast direct from the Aula Magna lecture theatre at Stockholm University. Photo: Pelle T Nilsson/SPA

On Tuesday 27 April, The Crown Princess took part in the scientific session of the Nobel Prize Summit: Our Planet, Our Future.

Vice Chairman of the Board of the Nobel Foundation Professor Göran K Hansson opened the scientific session by welcoming the attendees.

The Crown Princess then gave an opening speech. In her speech, The Crown Princess said:

"We are now at a moment in time where humanity has become the dominant force of change on planet Earth – causing increasing turbulence in our biosphere.

"That can be a frightening thought.

"However, we can also choose to see it from the opposite angle: Humankind is at the steering wheel of our planet. We have science. We have technology. We have an interconnected global economy.

"And that means we have a choice."

Read The Crown Princess's speech in full here.

Professor Carl Folke from the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences' Beijer Institute then gave the keynote speech, in which he presented the message of the 'Our future in the Anthropocene Biosphere' white paper External link, opens in new window., which formed the basis for the meeting and had been written under Professor Folke's direction.

There then followed addresses, panel discussions and a summary from the meeting's steering group of an action plan for the future.

Tuesday's session focused on subjects including major transformative sustainability changes and the significance of leadership.

About the Noble Prize Summit

Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, this year's Nobel Prize Summit was a virtual event and was held on 26-28 April.

The Nobel Foundation hosts the Nobel Prize Summit, which is organised by the USA's National Academy of Sciences, in partnership with the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, the Stockholm Resilience Centre and the Beijer Institute.

As part of the summit, a scientific session was arranged under the management of Stockholm Resilience Centre and the Beijer Institute. The session brought together Nobel Laureates and invited scientific experts to speak, based on the latest knowledge about how mankind is shaping our planet, what this critical stage of human development involves, and ways forward towards a sustainable future within the planet's boundaries. The scientific session was based on a White Paper written under the direction of Professor Carl Folke.

Find out more about the Noble Prize Summit: Our, Planet, Our Future External link, opens in new window..

The UN's 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 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 External link, opens in new window..