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Crown Princess Victoria to speak at Baltic Sea conference

Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden will give the opening remarks at a conference regarding the future of the Baltic Sea on 6 March. This event was first reported by Elias Giertz of the Swedish newspaper, Expressen yesterday. The conference, entitled “Baltic Sea the Future,” will be held at the Stockholm International Fairs.

Ulrika Näsholm, the Swedish Royal Court’s Director of Information and Press Department, explained to Expressen, “By participating, the Crown Princess will highlight the importance that we must work to ensure that the Baltic Sea is a healthy sea.”

Crown Princess Victoria said in a speech last year, “A third of the Baltic Sea now has so little oxygen that it is hard, even impossible, for fish to live and breathe.”

Her Royal Highness is known to be passionate about the environment. She is also an ambassador for the  Sustainable Development Goals (UNDP) of the United Nations. She travelled to New York City in September of last year for her work with the organisation. During the meetings with the UNDP, she said, “In my meetings with the other SDG ambassadors I have specifically raised questions concerning water and health, which are the goals that I will follow and work extra to come… In order to manage to meet them requires not only a high tempo but also to all sectors of society involved. Sweden is probably one of the countries fastest to cope with the goals, but there remains a lot of work for us.”

Earlier that month, the Crown Princess spoke at the high-level meeting for World Water Week, “Building a Resilient Future through Water.” She told those assembled about her concern, like many other parents in Sweden, for her children, namely Estelle, swimming in the unhealthy sea. Victoria further mentioned how this was just one of many signs that the “marine environment is under great stress.”

She was in the Maldives in November 2016, as well, for a negotiation of a fishing agreement between the largest fishing companies across the globe. The Crown Princess had a pivotal role in the signing of the agreement between the businesses. They pledged that they would all work to take on leading roles in sustainability.

Victoria, her husband Daniel, and their two children (Princess Estelle and Prince Oscar) are currently on a private holiday in the United States.

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