Call for speakers for WOC’s SOS

The World Ocean Council (WOC) Sustainable Ocean Summit (SOS) will provide a synthesis of status and trends in ocean economic activity when it is held in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, on November 30 to December 2.

WOC has encouraged qualified experts from industry, government, international organisations, or academia to contact the council with their interest and qualifications to provide an overview of the status and trends for the summits listed ocean business sectors.

The Ocean 2030 session at SOS 2016, chaired by Tom Boardley, Lloyd’s Register’s Executive Vice President for Corporate and External Affairs, will feature presentations on shipping, oil and gas, fisheries, aquaculture, renewable energy, cruise tourism, marine mining, submarine cables and ports.

Achieving the sustainable development goals (SDGs) requires an understanding of current ocean economic activity and projections for the coming 15 years. WOC hopes to answer what opportunities and risks future ocean use will create for each sector, for the collective ocean business community, for the ocean economy overall, and for the ocean itself. It will also investigate how do these relate to the SDGs?

The results of Ocean 2030 session will feed into WOC and ocean business community efforts to address ocean sustainable development and the SDGs, especially for SDG 14 on the Ocean.

Experts interested in presenting a global overview on the status, trends, geographies, assumptions, opportunities, and risks for one of the listed sectors are asked to contact paul.holthus@oceancouncil.org.