Program

THE OCEAN SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOAL (SDG 14):
BUSINESS LEADERSHIP AND BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES.

Since 2010, the SOS has been the unique gathering of the world’s ocean industries focused on the sustainable development, science and stewardship of the global ocean.

The SOS 2017 will:

– Focus on ocean business community leadership in achieving the U.N. “Ocean” Sustainable Development Goal – SDG 14.

– Develop business growth and investment opportunities in ocean sustainable development.

– Ensure continuity and follow through with the themes, discussions, and outputs previous SOS events.

– Build on the results and momentum of the U.N. Ocean/SDG 14 Conference (June 2017) and other ocean events of 2017 by bringing these to the unique convening of the global ocean business community that the SOS provides.

The SOS 2017 theme recognizes:

– The growth of the Ocean Economy and its contribution to the food, energy, transport, communications and other needs of society as part of the U.N. SDG process/Agenda 2030.

– The role of the Ocean Business Community over the next 15 years, and beyond, in ensuring ocean sustainable development.

 

Sustainable Ocean Summit 2017: Program Topics

The program and topics for SOS 2017 are being developed with input from the business community. Speakers, session organizers and sponsorship opportunities will be announced in the near future. For a full overview of the draft program, please click here.

The draft SOS 2017 conference program includes the following proposed sessions:

Plenary sessions

– Opening Plenary: Leadership and Success Stories in Ocean Sustainable Development

– Ocean Executive Forum: The Signature SOS Panel of CEOs from Across the Sectors

– Ocean 2030: Ocean Industry Projections and the Future of the Ocean Economy

(covering ocean transportation, energy, food, tourism, and minerals)

– Ocean Investment Platform: Financing Ocean Sustainable Development

– SDGs: Business Development and Opportunities Linked to SDG 14

– The Digital Ocean: Big Ocean Data for Ocean Sustainable Development

Parallel Sessions

Parallel sessions will be built around the targets of the SDG 14 and the other SDGs that are strongly related to ocean sustainable development issues and opportunities.

MARINE POLLUTION
– Circular Economy, Marine Debris, Plastics: The Need for Port Reception Facilities
– Biofouling and Invasive Species: Addressing the Threat through Industry Collaboration
– Ocean Noise: Tackling a Global Problem through Science-Based Multi-Stakeholder Collaboration

CONSERVATION AND ECOSYSTEM BASED MANAGEMENT
– Arctic Sustainable Development: Maritime Vessels Traffic Projections and Scenarios
– High Seas Area-Based Management and Protected Areas: Engaging Industry as an Essential Partner
– Addressing Conflicts/Developing Synergies: Oil and Gas and Fisheries
– Addressing Conflicts/Developing Synergies: Wind Energy and Fisheries
– Ship Strikes and Marine Mammals: Practical Solutions for Ocean Industries

CLIMATE CHANGE AND OCEAN ACIDIFICATION
– CO2 Sequestration at Sea: Considering the Case for Responsible Negative Emissions
– Port Resiliency to Sea Level Rise and Extreme Events: Ocean Industry Collaboration to Advance Adaptation for Small Islands and Developing Countries
– Blue Carbon: Implementing Industry CO2 Offsets in Coastal and Marine Ecosystems

FOOD SECURITY: SUSTAINABLE FISHING AND AQUACULTURE
– Pirate Fishing: Harnessing Technology and Investment for Catch Documentation and Traceability
– Aquaculture: Advancing Sustainable Aquaculture in a Multi-Use Ocean

ECONOMIC BENEFITS TO SMALL ISLAND DEVELOPING STATES (SIDS) AND LEAST DEVELOPED COUNTRIES (LDCS)
– Offshore Renewable Energy: Scaling Up Decarbonized Energy Options for SIDS and LDCs

OCEAN KNOWLEDGE, RESEARCH AND TECHNOLOGY
– Smart Ocean-Smart Industries: Advancing Ocean Industry Data Collection, including on Ocean Acidification

OCEAN GOVERNANCE INCLUDING UNCLOS
– UN Law of the Sea: New Legally Binding Instrument on Biodiversity in Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction (BBNJ) and Ocean Industries
– Dark Vessels: Monitoring and Reporting Illicit Vessels

SDG Cross-cutting workshops
– Young Ocean Professionals: Achieving Agenda 2030 through Future Industry Leaders
– Sustainable/Green Shipping Initiatives: Coordination and Collaboration for Synergies
– Maritime Clusters: Engaging a Global Network of Clusters in Support of Ocean Sustainable Development
– Blue-Action: Understanding Arctic Impact on Weather and Climate Service
– Climate and Ocean: Advancing Industry Awareness and Action

Invitation only event
– CEOcean Club: A Networking Reception for the C-Suite Participants at SOS 2017

 

Program Development

New topics may be added based on expressions of interest. Interested parties are invited to propose session themes that they would like to sponsor and organize. Please contact info@oceancouncil.org to propose a session at SOS 2017.

The evolving SOS 2017 program will reflect the level of interest in these and potentially other topics.

 

Sustainable Ocean Summit 2017: Workshops

Interested parties are invited to propose workshops that they would like to sponsor and organize in the days preceding or following the SOS 2017. Please contact info@oceancouncil.org to propose a Workshop to be held in association with SOS 2017.