World Ocean Summit 2018 is happening in Mexico from March 7-9. Read more here.

07 April 2018

Dates: 7-9 March 2018
Location: Playa Del Carmen, Quintana Roo, Mexico
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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.

Featured topics

  • 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?