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Environment a key topic while Crown Princess Victoria is in Japan

Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden is currently in Japan to attend the Keystone Dialogues in her role as United Nations ambassador for the UN Sustainable Development Goals. UN Sustainable Development Goal number 14, “Life below water”, is aimed at conserving and sustainably using the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development.

The conference is focused on the promotion of sustainable seas and fishing and the Crown Princess officially opened the SeaBOS Dialogue, speaking passionately about her commitment to sustainability issues. SeaBOS is a marine management fisheries project that brings together fisheries-related companies and scientists from around the world to discuss and overcome problems facing sustainable fishery operations.

Speaking on behalf of the Swedish court, Ulrika Näsholm said of the meeting: “It’s a follow-up meeting, the first meeting was in the Maldives, the second in Stockholm and now it’s the third meeting. Ten of the largest fishing companies gather there and discuss global cooperation on sustainable seas. Many of the big fishing companies are based in Japan.”

During her time in Japan Her Royal Highness has attended a reception with CEOs from global seafood companies to promote sustainable oceans and fishing, and a gala Festival Concert performed by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, directed by Sakari Olamo, at Suntory Hall.

In photographs of the performance released by the Swedish Embassy in Tokyo, the Crown Princess can be seen enjoying the night’s entertainment alongside Princess Ayako of Takamado. The event was a special celebration of 150 years of diplomatic relations between Sweden and Japan.

Before the concert the Crown Princess had the opportunity to reunite with Norihiko Sakamoto and Nakai Sakamoto, recipients of the Stockholm Youth Water Prize 2018. Crown Princess Victoria had presented the two young men with their award just days ago in Stockholm.

Crown Princess Victoria also attended the third keystone dialogue, which focused on advancing the UN’s task force objectives, and met with Skretting CEO Therese Log Bergjord.