IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim attended the inauguration of the new maritime and ocean policy research institute at the World Maritime University (WMU) in Malmö, Sweden, on May 8. WMU aims to find ways to use ocean spaces for the sustainable development of present and future generations.
The WMU-Sasakawa Global Ocean Institute will provide a space for policy makers, the scientific community, regulators, industry actors, academics, and representatives of civil society to discuss how to manage and use ocean spaces and their resources for the sustainable development of present and future generations. This will be supported by evidence-based research, educational programmes and capacity building. The institute was established with funding from the Nippon Foundation, supported by the Governments of Canada and Sweden and the city of Malmö.
The Ocean Institute is a response to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and in particular Goal 14 - the Ocean Goal - that commits governments to "conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas, and marine resources for sustainable development."
The inauguration was held at the opening of the WMU Global Ocean Conference 2018 (8-9 May). IMO's Stefan Micallef delivered a keynote address, outlining IMO's role in the ocean space and in supporting the sustainable development goals.