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Last call for Sustainable Ocean Summit registrations

The World Ocean Council SOS 2018 will convene an unprecedented gathering of ocean industry leaders in Hong Kong, with high-level government and UN speakers

by Ellen Hardy
07 November 2018, at 9:34am

In seven days the World Ocean Council’s SOS 2018 will bring together a rich, robust agenda and gathering of global ocean business leaders in Hong Kong to advance action on ocean sustainable development.

In addition to an unparalleled line up of ocean industry leaders, the SOS 2018 will feature special speakers Former Seychelles President, James Michel; U.N. Ocean Envoy, Ambassador Peter Thomson; and Hong Kong SAR Director of Marine, Maisie Cheng.

Former President Michel stated, “I am honored to be addressing the World Ocean Council’s Sustainable Ocean Summit. The WOC has been leading private sector efforts to address ocean sustainability since 2009 by bringing together the diverse international ocean industry and investment community. The SOS is the only annual gathering of the global ocean business community dedicated to sustainable development and Corporate Ocean Responsibility.”

With the theme of “Ocean Sustainable Development – Connecting Asia and the World”, the SOS will deliver an extraordinary program in support of “Corporate Ocean Responsibility”, including:

Ocean Executive Forum: A plenary dialogue among the CEOs of all key ocean industry sectors – a convening of industry leaders unlike anything you will find in any other business conference or ocean event, demonstrating the WOC role in fostering ocean leadership and collaboration.

Women’s Leadership in Ocean and Coastal Business: The launch of an SOS forum to foster and facilitate the role of women in leading ocean sustainable development.

Ocean 2030: Authoritative presentations on projections for all major ocean business sectors through to 2030 – many delivered by the heads of global industry associations.

Ocean Investment Platform: A high-level panel of financial leaders to focus on Investment and Innovation for Financing Ocean Sustainable Development.

Asian Shipping and Shipbuilding: A gathering of Asia’s maritime leaders to address the role of Asian industry in connecting the region and the world while also addressing sustainability.

The Digital Ocean: High-level forecasting and analysis of the benefits of big ocean data, the Internet of Things and the Ocean Cloud, and how these can best contribute to sustainable development.

One Belt, One Road, One Ocean: A comprehensive consideration on how the international business community can collaborate to ensure the Maritime Silk Road leads to a sustainable destination.

The SOS 2018 will deliver a diversity of sessions tackling critical ocean sustainable development issues:
• Plastics/Waste Removal from Ocean and Island Areas: Maritime Industry Experience, Innovation, Practical Solutions
• Biofouling and Invasive Aquatic Species: The GEF-UNDP-IMO GloFouling Partnerships Project – Opportunities for Business Collaboration and Implementation
• Ocean Business Action on Climate Change: Implementing Port Adaptation and Exploring Ocean Negative Emission Technologies
• LNG as a Marine Fuel: Changing the CO2 Footprint of Shipping and Other Ocean Industries
• Aquaculture: Ensuring Sustainable Production in Crowded Seas
• SMART Ocean – SMART Industries and the Arctic: Advancing Industry-Science Collaboration for Data Collection in Support of Safe and Responsible Arctic Development
• UN Law of the Sea: New Legally Binding Instrument on Biodiversity in Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction (BBNJ) and Ocean Industries
• Responsible Marine Mining: Leadership and Collaboration for Accountable Ocean Mining – from Nearshore to the Deep Sea
• The Role of the Ocean/Maritime Legal Community in Understanding and Addressing Risk and Opportunity in the Blue Economy and Ocean Sustainable Development

For more information and to register please click here.

Ellen Hardy