The Economists’ World Ocean Summit is organised to shed light on the risks bought about by ocean degradation and help shape debate about governance of the ocean. Attended by global leaders from government, business, international organisations, NGOs, think tanks and academia, the summit is an opportunity to bring together the wide range of parties with direct interests in the oceans and igniting a constructive dialogue on solutions.
The 2015 World Ocean Summit ambitiously aims to set a new global agenda for the ocean economy and has been entitled “Blue economy; blue growth”.
The term ‘blue economy’ offers a vision of the ocean and coasts as a new source of economic growth, job creation and investment. Viewed narrowly, this could simply mean the beginning of a new and intensified phase of conventional economic activity. A more contemporary reading sees a blue economy in which economic opportunity is balanced by responsible investment in a sustainable ocean economy— a ‘win-win’ scenario where the private sector, acting through enlightened self-interest, is a catalyst for both economic development and environmental protection. In this vision, the blue economy is in itself a source of opportunity, investment and growth.
World Ocean Summit will convene more than 250 global leaders from various sectors with direct interests in the oceans and igniting a constructive dialogue on solution.
Last year, WWL President & CEO Chris Connor spoke at the summit, effectively launching the Trident Alliance. At this year’s summit, WWL’s VP Environment Roger Strevens will take part in the session "Investing in the blue economy—opportunities, challenges, solutions".
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