In 2018, the World Maritime University (WMU) is celebrating 35 years of excellence in education, research and capacity building. The International Maritime Organization (IMO), which established WMU in 1983, is celebrating its 70th anniversary. WMU is marking this milestone year with the Inauguration of the WMU-Sasakawa Global Ocean Institute (Global Ocean Institute). In addition, looking back at WMU’s legacy and impact in maritime and related ocean affairs over the past 35 years, the University is convening the WMU Global Ocean Conference 2018: Building Transformative Partnerships for Ocean Sustainability, which will take place at the World Maritime University in Malmö, Sweden from 8 to 9 May 2018.

Keynote addresses at the Inauguration of the Global Ocean Institute at 9:00am on 8 May include:

  • Dr. Cleopatra Doumbia-Henry, President, World Maritime University (WMU)
  • Mr. Kitack Lim, Secretary-General, International Maritime Organization (IMO)
  • Dr. Yohei Sasakawa, Chairman, The Nippon Foundation
  • Ms. Isabella Lövin, Deputy Prime Minister, Sweden
  • H.E. Jun Yamazaki, Japanese Ambassador to Sweden
  • Mr. Vidar Helgesen, Special Representative for the Oceans, Government of Norway
  • H.E. Heather Grant, Canadian Ambassador to Sweden
  • Mr. Reinhard Klingen, Director-General Waterways and Shipping, Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure, Germany
  • Ms. Katrin Stjernfeldt Jammeh, Mayor, City of Malmö

Following the Inauguration, the WMU Global Ocean Conference 2018 will begin at 13:30. The conference will bring together representatives of governments, industry, international organizations, academic, educational and research institutions and civil society to explore how to build transformative partnerships on ocean sustainability. In addition, it will formally launch the work of the WMU-Sasakawa Global Ocean Institute with the vision to be the independent focal point for the ocean-science-policy-law-industry interface, acting as a convener and convergence point where policy makers, the scientific community, regulators, industry actors and academics, and representatives of civil society meet to discuss how best to manage and use ocean spaces and their resources for the sustainable development of present and future generations. Research outputs of the Institute will enhance capacity of all stakeholders to implement legal requirements and policies relating to the global ocean agenda. A special emphasis will be placed on working closely with the IMO, UN Oceans and other relevant UN organizations.

For more information about the Global Ocean Institute Inauguration programme and the WMU Global Ocean Conference 2018, visit