The Ocean Nation
As Prime Minister Erna Solberg expressed it when the government presented its marine report, “Blue Oceans, Green Future” on World Oceans Day:
“Norway’s history is a tale of the sea. The sea contributes to economic growth and creates jobs all along our coast. This report shows the impressive development we have seen in our ocean industries, and the enormous potential that the sea represents, as long as we operate sustainably.”
Norway is a pioneer in technology-based sustainable solutions for the ocean within energy, aquaculture, fisheries, shipping and the maritime sector. We want the world to know what Norway has to offer in terms of innovations, research and applied technologies within these industries.
Norwegians have always explored and lived off the sea. Some of the country’s most innovative businesses, jobs and knowledge institutions trace their origins back to human settlements along the coast and ocean based activities
Norway is a leading ocean nation. The history of Norway is a story about the oceans.
Working for the world’s oceans
Creating a sustainable ocean economy is one of the most important tasks and greatest opportunities of our time. It will help the world meet all of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), not just SDG 14 on life below water.
‘Norway is a maritime nation and we have world-leading research, business and ocean management communities. Norway will continue to play a leading role as we now follow the call to take a ‘100 % approach’ to implement the Ocean Panel’s ocean action agenda together with other countries,’ said Prime Minister Erna Solberg at the launch of the Ocean Panel’s report in December 2020.
Many ocean-based industries have the potential to outperform the growth of the global economy, both in terms of additional value and employment. That is only possible if we manage the ocean wisely. A healthy ocean holds the solutions to many of the world’s challenges and can help us meet the expanding need for food, medicines, energy and minerals.
However, the ocean is a vulnerable ecosystem. Loss of biodiversity, marine litter and other forms of pollution, acidification, climate change and overexploitation of marine resources are challenges threatening the health of ocean today.
Norway has initiated and lead international processes safeguarding the health of the ocean. Most notably, Norway has initiated and together with Palau, co-chaired the High-level Panel for a Sustainable Ocean Economy.
In December 2020, the 14 heads of states and governments in the Ocean Panel committed themselves to sustainable ocean management and transformational policies. Protection, production and prosperity go hand in hand. Other countries and partners, also from business, are now invited to join this endeavour.
How to participate
We are offering the opportunity to be a partner in Norway’s participation at EXPO 2020 DUBAI, one of the world’s largest business and cultural events. A partnership will give your company, organisation or cluster a unique platform to gain international exposure and ensure Norway stands out in competition with the other close to 200 participating nations.