Taking place over the course of four days, the virtual week will bring together businesses, scientists, conservationists, governments, investors as well as the civil society to discuss the future of the ocean and what can be done to promote ocean health.
Over 150 speakers will discuss ocean health and will focus on the six industry tracks of shipping, fishing, aquaculture, energy tourism, and plastics. Amongst others, Alexandra Cousteau, the president of Oceans 2050, Sakti Wahyu Trenggono, Indonesia’s minister of marine affairs and fisheries, Peggy Kalas, the director of the High Seas Alliance, as well as John Kerry, the United States’ Special Presidential Envoy for Climate will be present to discuss how countries and organisations can make progress towards achieving the 2030 UN Sustainable Development goals with respect to the ocean.
Major topics that will be at the forefront of the summit are new technologies, blue projects and blue economies as well as solutions that can provide food security through aquaculture and fisheries.
Marc A. Hayek, President and CEO of Blancpain, a long-term partner of the summit, said in a statement: “Blancpain has been supporting The Economist’s World Ocean Summit right from its first edition in 2012. Ever since, we have consistently highlighted the importance of opening the Summit to a wider audience, as we believe that environmental protection depends upon an informed public. During the past 10 years, together with The Economist, we have gone a long way in bringing key leaders from governments, international organisations and NGOs together with the private sector in order to find new solutions for both a sustainable environment and a prosperous economy.”
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