On Monday 18 June, The Crown Princess attended an Ocean Summit and the Volvo Ocean Race in Gothenburg.
As part of the Volvo Ocean Race's sustainability work, Ocean Summits have been arranged at seven of the port stops during the 2017-18 Volvo Ocean Race. These Ocean Summits bring together representatives from sport, business, governments, science and marine advocates, who work together to highlight the issue of how we can reduce plastics in the sea.
The theme of the Ocean Summit was plastic in the sea, and The Crown Princess attended to highlight the importance of reducing marine plastics. The Crown Princess is one of 16 members of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Advocacy Group. 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.
After welcoming addresses from speakers including SIPRI's Jan Eliasson, the Ocean Summit in Gothenburg began with Marcus Eriksen, co-founder of the 5 Gyres Institute, speaking about plastics in the sea and what this means for marine life. There then followed a panel discussion on the theme "A view from the sea", and a discussion on plastic pollution and the need for action. Representatives from Volvo and Stena Recycling then spoke about the importance of businesses getting involved.
The morning concluded with panel discussions during which the speakers emphasised the importance of cutting down on the use of plastics and how we can work to reduce polluting the seas.
The Crown Princess took part in the afternoon's ProAm race on board Team Turn the Tide on Plastic's boat. During the 2017-18 Volvo Ocean Race, the team has focused on highlighting the UN's Clean Seas: Turn the Tide on Plastic campaign. The team has a strong sustainability ethos, and the skipper during the race is Britain's Dee Caffari. Martin Strömberg, the only Swede participating in the 2017-18 Volvo Ocean Race, is also part of the team.
The Crown Princess ended the day by visiting the ElectriCity project. CEO of Volvo Group Martin Lundstedt explained about the project, which is a collaboration between industry, research and society to develop and test solutions for the sustainable public transport of the future.
The Crown Princess is one of 16 members of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Advocacy Group. 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 website.