Since 2012, the World Ocean Summit has been the premier global event at which policymakers, business leaders, campaigners and scientists have gathered for a full and frank discussion about building a truly “blue” economy. This means harnessing ocean resources for economic growth while at the same time protecting the environment and ensuring social equity.
Reflecting the international nature of the ocean, the summit is held on a different continent each year. On 9-10 March 2020, the World Ocean Summit will be held in Tokyo. Japan is one of the world’s foremost maritime nations with a long and rich history with the ocean. Since antiquity, the sea has played a central role in its economy, culture and society.
The World Ocean Summit is the centrepiece of The Economist Group’s World Ocean Initiative. The Initiative provides insight and analysis on the greatest challenges facing the seas and progress towards building the blue economy.