Publicerad 2017-03-30 15:42

Senast uppdaterad 2017-03-30 16:05

World Maritime University and Malmö City Partner on SDG 14

Dr Cleopatra Doumbia-Henry joined WMU as President in the summer of 2015.

Malmö has been the proud host city of the World Maritime University since it was founded in 1983 by the International Maritime Organization (IMO), a specialized agency of the United Nations.

The mission of WMU is to be the world centre of excellence in postgraduate maritime and oceans education, professional training and research, while building global capacity and promoting sustainable development. It is truly an organization by and for the international maritime community which transports more than 80 per cent of global trade.

The City of Malmö and WMU have joined forces in their commitments to the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development that was adopted by the UN General Assembly in 2015. The Agenda includes 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and associated targets that are intended to guide the global efforts to end poverty, promote prosperity and well-being for all, protect the environment and address climate change.

Recognizing that all SDGs are interrelated and indivisible, WMU and the City of Malmö are partnering, in particular, on the implementation of Goal 14: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development, and from 11-13 October 2017 will cooperate on the Life Below Water event focused on local implementation of Goal 14.

The City of Malmö has a long-standing commitment to sustainability and is recognized internationally as a hub of sustainability-focused innovation. Since its founding in 1983 WMU has been committed to sustainability through maritime capacity building and furthering the objectives and goals of IMO and IMO member States around the world. It does so through education, research, and capacity building to ensure safe, secure, and efficient shipping on clean oceans. 

On 15 March, in collaboration with the Swedish Government and the City of Malmö, WMU hosted a seminar entitled Save Our Ocean: The Ocean Conference and Sustainable Development Goal 14 - Linking Policy, Industry and Education for Sustainable Partnerships. The invitation only event brought together nearly 200 participants to focus on the mobilization of countries and all other actors to achieve the targets under the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 14. The keynote speaker was Sweden’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for International Development Cooperation and Climate, Isabella Lövin, who serves as the co-President of the upcoming United Nations Ocean Conference. The Governments of Fiji and Sweden have taken the initiative to hold the Oceans Conference from 5-9 June in New York to focus on the implementation of Goal 14.