Norway’s commitment to international ocean issues

Seafood Farm in Vietnam
Credit: Ken Opprann

Ensuring clean and healthy oceans is a key priority. Based on a Norwegian proposal, the UN Environment Assembly in December 2017 adopted a vision for zero plastic waste in the oceans

Norway has launched a NOK 150 million programme aimed at combatting marine litter and microplastics in the oceans in developing countries. Initially, the programme will focus on Southeast Asia, which is the region where the problem is most acute.

Through the Fish for development program Norway provides capacity building related to fisheries and aquaculture in many developing countries. A brand new research vessel – Dr. Fridtjof Nansen –financed by Norway, conducts stock assessments and other types of research for the benefit of developing countries.

Norway will host the sixth Our Ocean conference in 2019. There is global momentum for the sustainable use and conservation of the oceans. In the run-up to the conference, Norway intends to benefit from the insights generated by the many ocean-related initiatives now underway.

The United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) is key for the sustainable management of the marine environment. In accordance with UNCLOS, Norway will continue to work for regional organisations and mechanisms to be the first line option in marine resource management and protection.