On Tuesday 14 and Wednesday 15 May, The Crown Princess visited Bergen in Norway, where she attended a meeting on SeaBOS.
The Crown Princess opened the meeting by saying:
"Ladies and gentlemen. The keystone actor model is breaking new ground. And the global seafood industry now has a unique opportunity to become a role model for other sectors that want to make the shift to sustainability."
Read The Crown Princess's speech here.
Representatives from the world's ten largest fishing and shellfish companies and experts within the field attended over the course of the two days.
SeaBOS aims to make the world's fishing more sustainable. The working meeting in Bergen included discussions on issues such as IUU (illegal, unreported and unregulated) fishing, plastics in the ocean, the use of antibiotics and planning for this autumn's forthcoming Keystone Dialogues.
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 here.
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 here.
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 here.
Keystone Dialogue 3 was held in Karuizawa, Japan in September 2018, where cooperation between fishing companies was developed further.
Read The Crown Princess' speech at the Keystone Dialogue 3 here.
In January, 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. From 2019, The Crown Princess will be 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.