The sixth World Ocean Summit will strive to build greater collaboration across regions and connect the world to new ideas and perspectives.
Taking place in March 2019, this world-renowned event will take place in the Middle East for the first time – a region often overlooked in ocean discussions.
The Economist will bring together political leaders and policymakers, heads of global business, scientists, NGOs and multilaterals from across the globe, and will aim to provide a forum for discussion amongst a more diverse and representative participation on the future of the ocean than ever before.
The overarching theme for the sixth annual World Ocean Summit is Building bridges.
We will ask what new thinking, coming from diverse parts of the world, can contribute to the sustainable development of the ocean? How can this new information be shared globally? How can collaboration between countries and regions be optimised? Featured topics include;
• Finance: the role of sovereign wealth funds; blue carbon systems; insurance; Islamic finance and the ocean
• Technology and innovation: aquaculture; a focus on cities and waste management
• Governance: illegal fishing; lessons from land economies