Posted by: Hendra Siry | 13 February, 2014

World Ocean Summit 2014

The oceans are “a natural subject” for a global publication that seeks to apply the tools of economics to policy problems: “Oceans issues affect billions of people, in ways that bring together business, politics, academia and science” 
John Micklethwait, Editor-in-Chief, The Economist

The Economist continues its global ocean sustainability initiative with the second World Ocean Summit. Taking place in San Francisco from and chaired by John Micklethwait, Editor-in-Chief of The Economist, the summit will convene global leaders from government, business, international organisations, NGOs, think-tanks and academia to continue the unique outcome driven dialogue first established at the 2012 summit.

The World Ocean Summit 2014 will offer delegates the opportunity to better understand the risks bought about by ocean degradation and help shape debate about governance of the ocean.

Featured speakers include:
John Kerry, Secretary of State, United States
HSH Prince Albert II, Principality of Monaco
Aníbal Cavaco Silva, President, Portuguese Republic
Ali Bongo Ondimba, President, Gabonese Republic
Sri Mulyani, Managing Director, World Bank
Rupert Thomas, Vice President Environment, Royal Dutch Shell
José María Figueres, former President, Republic of Costa Rica and Co-chair, Global Ocean Commission
Maria Ignacia Benitez Pereira, Minister of the Environment, Republic of Chile
Sharif Sutardjo, Minister of Marine Affairs and Fisheries, Republic of Indonesia
Frits van Paasschen, Chief Executive Officer, Starwood Hotels and Resorts
Masamichi Morooka, President and Chief Executive Officer, NYK-Hinode Line, Chairman, International Chamber of Shipping
Maria Damanaki, Commissioner for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, European Commission
Achim Steiner, Executive Director, United Nations Environment Programme and Under-Secretary-General, United Nations

Central to the 2014 Summit are two things. The first is GOVERNANCE; the second, SUSTAINABILITY.

Governance is critical—our seas are in trouble for want of governance. But good governance is difficult to forge—not least in the high seas, where there is little formal jurisdiction. The sustainable use of our seas is equally essential—and intimately linked, of course, to better governance. A small cohort of progressive companies are leading the way on the responsible use of the ocean. They rightly view governance, regulation and certainty—and sustainability—as central to their very future. The best talk now of integrating natural capital approaches into their business models, and of mitigating risks to their businesses of the externalities or threats they may cause.

This three-day conference will start with a welcome cocktail reception. The first full day will start with The Economist and leaders from government and the private sector setting the scene for the coming two days of discussions. Panel discussions and case studies will explore macro-level issues relating to sustainability and governance. In the evening, National Geographic is to host a gala dinner where photographer Paul Nicklen will share his amazing experiences as a specialised polar-region photographer. On day two, participants will split into five industry/sector working groups, each tasked with devising solutions to specific challenges. Click on the programme tab for the full schedule.


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