Blue Justice Conference 2020

10-11 December 2020

Fostering Cooperation towards a Fair Blue Economy Free from Fisheries Crime

An international digital conference from 10-11 December 2020

The opening High Level Event event was livestreamed from studios in Oslo, Vienna and CPH and around the world.  In following days partner organizations hosted several expert webinars highlighting different current topics related to addressing fisheries crime, targeting government representatives, academia, and civil society.

The aim of

the conference

is to:

  • 1
    continue the momentum
    of those states that support the “International Declaration against Transnational Organized Crime in the Global Fishing Industry” (Copenhagen Declaration)
  • 2
    encourage new states
    into the group of countries supporting the Copenhagen Declaration
  • 2
    encourage operationalization of the Declaration
    through capacity building initiatives under the Blue Justice Initiative

In Partnership

The Blue Justice Conference has been created in cooperation with:



Statements by high level speakers at the conference


Following the High Level conference event, expert webinars highlighted different current topics related to addressing fisheries crime, targeting government representatives, academia and civil society

Copenhagen Declaration

Why is the declaration so important?

The Copenhagen Declaration was adopted by 8 ministers on behalf of their countries at UN City, Copenhagen in 2018. It has since garnered support by 28 countries globally and continues to grow.

The Declaration maps out a cooperative goal-oriented political plan to address transnational organized crime in the fisheries sector. It is also the political basis and framework for the Norwegian government’s Blue Justice Initiative. With The Blue Justice Initiative, the Norwegian Government, in cooperation with other large ocean nations and UN organizations, wishes to find lasting solutions to combatting crimes related to our fisheries resources.

The Blue Justice Conference will discuss with colleagues from around the world the way forward towards fostering international cooperation and a sustainable and fair blue economy free from fisheries crime.

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