The Economist Events’ fifth World Ocean Summit will convene in Mexico and will expand into a wider, more ambitious World Ocean Initiative focused on five pillars: sustainable fisheries, pollution, climate change, finance and technology. The event seeks to deepen engagement with the private sector, particularly private capital’s involvement with the ocean.
The 2018 Summit will feature: an extension of the Word Ocean Summit 2017, deepening on the issue of financing; a focus on measurement providing accountability of blue initiatives in the areas of fisheries, pollution and climate change; and the first business case of the blue economy that drives discussions on investments and growth in the blue economy.
Speakers will include: Enrique Peña Nieto, President, Mexico; Luis Guillermo Solís, President, Costa Rica; Guðni Th. Jóhannesson, President, Iceland; Tarsicio Granizo, Minister of Environment, Ecuador; Michael Eckhart, Citigroup; Werner Hoyer, European Investment Bank; Matthew Arnold, JPMorgan Chase & Co.; Sylvia Earle, Mission Blue; Peter Thomson, special envoy for the ocean, United Nations; and Paula Caballero, World Resources Institute.
- Sustainable seafood
- Ocean finance
- Marine debris
- Blue economy clusters
- Ocean governance
- Technology and the ocean
Questions that will be answered
- 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?