international conference

PROTecting the ocean - moving forward at 50: London Convention & Stockholm Declaration

IMO-WMU Joint Academic Conference

10 - 13 October 2022

World Maritime University in Malmö, Sweden

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) and the World Maritime University (WMU) are pleased to invite the international community and IMO member States to participate in the joint International Academic Conference, titled Protecting the Ocean - Moving forward at 50: London Convention & Stockholm Declaration. The Conference is scheduled to take place from 10 to 13 October 2022 in Malmö, Sweden, with virtual participation available on 11 - 12 October 2022 from 09:00 - 18:00 CEST. 

The IMO, the WMU – Sasakawa Global Ocean Institute (GOI), and The Nippon Foundation are the primary co-sponsors of this international academic conference. The conference will include topical papers on the 1972 Convention on the Prevention of Marine Pollution by Dumping of Wastes and Other Matter (London Convention) and the 1972 Declaration of the United Nations Conference on Human Environment (Stockholm Declaration), as well as invaluable perspectives from distinguished expert commentators from Government Ministries, UN Agencies, International and Regional Organizations, Academic Institutions and Civil Society. The aim is to discuss ocean and climate-related topics under the framework of the London Convention and Stockholm Declaration 50th anniversaries with the objective to achieve new research insights, establish impactful actions and help raise awareness.

Global Participants

Representatives of UN system bodies and key stakeholders from Ministries, International/Regional and Non-profit Organizations, Academic Institutions, Civil Society, Media and WMU alumni.


The conference will host more than 40 experts from all over the world speaking in 8 panels on topics related to the London Convention and Stockholm Declaration. See further details in the conference programme here

The following topics will be discussed:

  • Retrospective on London Convention & Stockholm Declaration
  • Science & Technology
  • International Approaches
  • Regional Approaches
  • Jurisdictional Issues
  • Capacity Building & Technology Transfer
  • Contemporary Issues
  • Future Development


Recognizing that all the goals are interrelated and indivisible, the conference is a call for action in support of achieving, in particular, Goal 14 focused on the ocean. 

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