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World Ocean Summit 2018
March 7 @ 2:00 pm - March 9 @ 5:30 pm
The Economist Events’ fifth World Ocean Summit will be held in Mexico, on March 7th to 9th 2018 and will expand into a wider, more ambitious World Ocean Initiative focused on five pillars: sustainable fisheries, pollution, climate change, finance and technology. Their aim is ambitious: to deepen our engagement with the private sector and particularly private capital’s involvement with the ocean. At the World Ocean Summit 2018, you will:
- Meet with impact investors, decision-makers, government officials, and leaders in environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) who can drive scalable, sustainable investment in the ocean.
- Define investment frameworks, with the ocean community, for scaling responses in the areas of plastics and pollution, sustainable fisheries and climate change.
- Build strategic partnerships with the public and private sectors to build sustainable best practices within your organisation, country or industry, and lead change.
What’s new for 2018?
- An extension of the Word Ocean Summit 2017, deepening on the issue of financing
- Focus on measurement providing accountability of blue initiatives in the areas of fisheries, pollution and climate change
- The first business case of the blue economy that drives discussions on investments and growth in the blue economy
Featured speakers include:
- Luis Guillermo Solís, president, Costa Rica
- Guðni Jóhannesson, president, Iceland
- Enrique Peña Nieto, president, Mexico
- Erna Solberg, prime minister, Norway (via live video)
- Tarsicio Granizo, minister of environment, Ecuador
- Arif Havas Oegroseno, deputy coordinating minister of maritime affairs, Indonesia
- Vidar Helgesen, minister of climate and environment, Norway
- Beth Christensen, professor and director of environmental studies programme, Adelphi University
- Dagmar Nelissen, senior researcher and consultant, CE Delft
- Geir Molvik, chief executive officer, Cermaq
- Michael Eckhart, managing director and global head of environmental finance, Citigroup
- Werner Hoyer, president, European Investment Bank
- Jonathan Taylor, vice-president, European Investment Bank
- Matthew Arnold, managing director and global head of sustainable finance, JPMorgan Chase &
- Gary Gysin, chief executive officer, Liquid Robotics, A Boeing Company
- Alf-Helge Aarskog, chief executive officer, Marine Harvest
- Sylvia Earle, president and chairman, Mission Blue
- Claus Fuglsang, senior vice-president, research and technology, Novozymes
- Alexandra Cousteau, senior advisor, Oceana
- Carter Ries and Olivia Ries, co-founders, One More Generation
- Francisco Saraiva Gomes, chief executive officer, Pontos Aqua Holdings
- Rolando Morillo, vice-president, sustainability and impact group, Rockefeller & Co
- Martyn Parker, chairman, global partnership, Swiss Re
- Darian McBain, global director of sustainable development, Thai Union
- Peter Thomson, special envoy for the ocean, United Nations
- Richard Branson, founder, Virgin Group (via live video)
- John Haley, chief executive officer, Willis Towers Watson
- Audrey Azoulay, director-general, UNESCO Paula Caballero, global director, climate programme, World Resources Institute
- Margaret Leinen, director, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego
- Timothy Gordon , marine biologist, University of Exeter
- Ove Hoegh-Guldberg, director, Global Change Institute, University of Queensland
- Paul Jardine, executive vice-president and chief experience officer, XL Catlin
- Roz Savage, senior fellow, Jackson Institute for Global Affairs, Yale University
- Rana Kapoor, managing director and chief executive officer, YES BANK
- Saver rate:US$2,520 (available until February 9th)
- standard rate: US$2,800
More about the Summit:
The ocean is in trouble. Across the world, humans have effected dramatic change upon the seas. One thing is certain: our current course is unsustainable. Yet the ocean remains a vital resource with the potential to generate enormous economic growth. Balancing human activity with the long-term health of the ocean is essential.
The last year has been a decisive one for the ocean. In June the United Nations held its first conference on the ocean to discuss the implementation of an ocean-specific sustainable development goal. The COP23 climate change meeting presented an opportunity to usher in swifter and more ambitious action than we have seen so far. Companies, governments and individuals have made commitments to the ocean—many of which were unveiled at the World Ocean Summit 2017.
If 2017 was the year of big promises, 2018 must be about delivery. The World Ocean Summit, the most diverse and important global gathering on the ocean, will bring together political leaders and policymakers, heads of global business, scientists, NGOs and multilaterals for a frank and future-oriented discussion on how to turn these pledges into reality. Which initiatives have borne fruit, and which require reassessment? How can government and industry turn pledges into reality?
Since 2012 the World Ocean Summit has sought to focus the sometimes divergent perspectives of business, government and civil society on how we use our troubled seas. In 2018 the World Ocean Summit will expand into a wider, more ambitious World Ocean Initiative. Its vision will be of an ocean in robust health and with a vital economy; its goal to accelerate the transition to sustainable use of the ocean.
World Ocean Summit convenes more than 360+ global leaders from government, industry, multilateral organisations, the scientific community and civil society for a constructive and solution-focused dialogue.
- Sustainable seafood
- Ocean finance
- Marine debris
- Blue economy clusters
- Ocean governance
- Technology and the ocean
Questions we’ll answer
- What will SDG14, which pledges to “conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources,” mean for businesses operating in the ocean?
- How can government and industry turn pledges on the ocean into reality?
- How can sustainable investment in the ocean be scaled to the size of the ‘green’ investment market?
- What role can ‘blue economy’ clusters play in driving progress on the ocean?
- What new technologies are enabling progress and driving investment in the ocean?
- What climate-related risks are businesses operating in the ocean exposed to, and how can they manage these risks?
- Which businesses and industries are having the most success in preserving the ocean environment while improving their profitability? How do they do it?
- What might a plastic control plan look like?
Conference registration; networking lounge open
Blue economy workshops—by invitation or pre-registration
- Blue economy finance guidelines
- According to the WWD, the Blue Economy, or “the economic benefit and value we realize from the Earth’s oceans and coastlines,” is estimated to generate US$2.5 trillion per year from fishing and aquaculture, shipping, tourism, and other activities. But how is this economy best developed and regulated? Join us for a stimulating workshop that assesses the economic risks and impacts associated with the Blue Economy and underscores the importance of establishing a sound investment framework to support the world’s rapidly declining marine resources.
- CEOs’ guide to saving the oceans
- The case for protecting our oceans is as much a matter of the environment, as it is of economics. Hear from leading CEOs on how they’re seizing opportunities to improve the ocean’s health, and their bottom line.
- Blue economy clusters
- Blue economy finance guidelines
Spotlight on science: Big data, machine learning and the science of being understood
The latest thinking on the state of the ocean, and the ocean science we can look forward to in 2018 and beyond, including tipping points and planetary boundaries, and the impact of changes in the cryosphere. Big data, machine learning, innovative computational analysis: new tools and methods are helping unlock our understanding of complex ocean systems, potentially transforming ocean science. Sharing and translating these advances, particularly with policymakers, will require creativity too. During the Summit we will highlight exciting new science and technology in our Sizzle sessions.
Opening cocktail reception
Moonlight cinema: The Economist Films
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