The UN Global Compact (UNGC) is set to hold a High Level Meeting on Ocean as part of Nor-Shipping 2019, gathering leading politicians, maritime and ocean industry executives, UN representatives, NGOs and other key stakeholders in Oslo.
Co-hosted by the Norwegian Government and UNGC, the meeting, taking place on 3 June, will be followed by a further group meeting on 4 June to discuss progress with the UNGC Action Platform on Sustainable Ocean Business. It is, the organisers note, a key opportunity to help build consensus on ocean governance and growth for future generations.
Monday’s meeting will be led by Lise Kingo, CEO and Executive Director UNGC, and Torbjørn Røe Isaksen, Norwegian Minister of Trade, with the discussion moderated by Sturla Henriksen, Special Advisor on Ocean, UNGC. CEOs and high-level executives from businesses spanning sectors including maritime, aquaculture, energy production, and seabed resources, to name a few key segments, will share expertise with representatives from regulatory authorities, international politics, campaigning organisations and more.
The objective, says Erik Giercksky, Head, Sustainable Ocean Business, UNGC, is clear.
“The ocean is vital to humanity’s well being and prosperity, but it faces serious challenges,” he states. “To safeguard and improve its health – while producing more food, more energy, increasing transportation and accessing new raw materials – we need shared principles and a universal approach.
“In short we need to work together to establish a framework for responsible business practices that can deliver growth, satisfy society’s demands and protect nature. We need to collaborate to build effective global governance – that, in essence, is what this meeting is about. And Nor-Shipping, with its ability to gather the whole value chain of ocean stakeholders in one arena, is the perfect place to meet.”
Nor-Shipping 2019 will also see UNGC launch its new report ‘Global Goals – Ocean Opportunities’ assessing a multi-stakeholder approach to how ocean industries can deliver on the UN Sustainability Goals (SDGs) and enable sustainable business growth. With the Goals set to expire in 2030 the report outlines clear ambitions, encompassing eradicating waste entering the ocean environment, enabling low emission transport, providing clean, affordable energy, mapping the ocean, delivering healthy ocean nutrition, and establishing a strong system of governance.
“The report and the meetings form critical milestones on our journey to creating a sustainable ocean business reality,” comments Nor-Shipping Director Per Martin Tanggaard. “Collaboration is the vital ingredient in finding the right mix for business, society and the world, so Nor-Shipping is an obvious platform to utilise in a bid to facilitate progress.
“We’re committed to supporting UNGC in their efforts to promote the Action Platform on Sustainable Ocean Business and effect positive change. With the strength of interest and participation in the meetings next week we can see that there’s a strong gathering momentum, and clear ambition, in the business world to do the same. There is real opportunity ahead. It’s up to us, all of us, to make the most of that.”
Nor-Shipping 2019, Your Arena for Ocean Solutions, takes place in venues across Oslo and Lillestrøm, Norway, between 3 and 7 June. Now in its 52nd year, Nor-Shipping attracts around 35,000 delegates, from over 75 countries, with close to 1,000 exhibiting companies from across the entire maritime and ocean industry value chain.