Since 2012 The Economist Group’s annual World Ocean Summit & Expo has been the premier global event at which Heads of State, government ministers, CEOs and board directors, civil society, the finance community and scientists gather for a full and frank discussion to accelerate a sustainable ocean economy.
Now in its 8th year, there is no event that consistently matches its challenging content and diverse and senior audience, nor its influence and impact on the emerging sustainable ocean economy.
It aims to change the way we do business in the ocean, shaping and accelerating the way in which governments, businesses and conservation organisations, work together to fashion the “blue economy”.
Over the years our platform has been used to announce groundbreaking new partnerships and initiatives, to launch important papers and to make commitments to the sustainability of the ocean economy.
- Sustainable Blue Economy Finance Principles launched by the European Commission, the European Investment Bank, the Prince of Wales's International Sustainability Unit and WWF at the World Ocean Summit in Mexico in 2018
- UN Environment’s #CleanSeas campaign to eliminate major sources of marine litter, announced at the World Ocean Summit in Bali in 2017
- Global Mangrove Alliance by Conservation International, The Nature Conservancy and WWF, announced at the World Ocean Summit in Bali in 2017
New for 2021
The 2021 World Ocean Summit & Expo agenda will deliver fresh, robust and action-oriented insights into creating a sustainable ocean economy. Audience size will increase to 2000 participants and the scope will be broadened to encourage attendance from more industry leaders. We will retain the focus on high-level conversation and policymaking and seek solutions to accelerate appropriate action.
We will expand our programme to deliver action-oriented, industry-focused sessions along six tracks: aquaculture, fishing, energy, plastics, shipping and tourism. In addition, participants will be able to engage across sectors to explore the role the ocean plays in tackling climate change, enhancing biodiversity, protecting coastal communities, and restoring ecosystems. At the core of the summit and featuring in every track, will be the role of finance.
The 2021 agenda will provide a platform to plan–and then to act. The World Ocean Summit & Expo will remain the premier forum for everyone seeking to find the right balance between protecting the oceans and fostering economic growth.
The Economist Group