On 19 April 2017, the international symposium on Public Engagement for the Global Goals with a Special Focus on Sustainable Oceans, co-hosted by the UNU Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS), demonstrated high-level support for improving the current conditions of oceans. Sustainable Development Goals Advocate Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden and eminent scientist Johan Rockström spoke out about taking actions towards achieving the SDGs, specifically Goal 14 (Life Below Water).
Following opening remarks by UNU Rector David M. Malone, Crown Princess Victoria highlighted the importance and moral obligations to take actions to achieve the SDGs. She pointed out the effects of our daily choices on the future of the planet, and appealed to use our collective power to achieve a sustainable future.
In his keynote speech, Johan Rockström (Stockholm Resilience Center) emphasised the increasing human disconnection from nature, and stressed the importance of reconnecting the biosphere, society, and economy.
During a panel discussion, experts — including Norichika Kanie (UNU-IAS) — discussed the role of the media in accelerating the SDGs, and zeroed in on Goal 14. The panellists pointed out the importance of linking the issues of oceans and the SDGs, as well as the value in extending partnerships to other sectors to resolve issues that cannot be solved solely by ocean communities.
For more about this event, see the news story on the UNU-IAS website.