Nor-Shipping builds partnership with UN on Action Platform for Sustainable Ocean Business
Nor-Shipping is following up on its role as host of the June 2019 United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) High Level Meeting on Ocean by contributing to a week of activity designed to develop the Action Platform for Sustainable Ocean Business in New York.
The programme of activity, taking place from 23-28 September at the UN’s global headquarters, will see leading politicians, maritime and ocean industry executives, UN representatives, NGOs and other key stakeholders gathering in an effort to accelerate sustainable industry practices, help build consensus on ocean governance and support growth for future generations. The launch of the Sustainable Ocean Principles on 23 September is a key landmark for the collaborative movement, and notes Nor-Shipping director Per Martin Tanggaard, for society as a whole.
The nine principles will cover three areas, namely: climate change, ocean health and productivity; governance and engagement; and data and transparency. They have been developed in consultation with more than 300 stakeholders worldwide. Businesses will be encouraged to sign up to the principles and commit to supporting them, using existing reporting mechanisms to demonstrate their efforts. A set of practical guidelines based on multi stakeholder inputs for each sector will be published to assist them.
Alongside the launch of the principles, other highlights from the week long programme include seminars, discussions, groundwork for the second UN Ocean Conference in 2020, and the launch of version two of The Ocean Opportunities Report, examining the links between a healthy ocean and business growth.
Nor-Shipping, Your Arena for Ocean Solutions, is a member of the UNGC and supporter of the Action Platform for Sustainable Ocean Business.
Nor-Shipping 2019, which took place between 3 and 7 June, welcomed more than 50,000 people from over 85 nations, with business exhibitors from some 47 countries.