SOS 2017 Theme:
“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 has:
– Focused on ocean business community leadership in achieving the U.N. “Ocean” Sustainable Development Goal – SDG 14.
– Developed business growth and investment opportunities in ocean sustainable development.
– Ensured continuity and followed through with the themes, discussions, and outputs previous SOS events.
– Built 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 recognized:
– 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.
The program and topics for SOS 2017 have been developed with input from the business community.
The SOS 2017 Online Conference Program included the following proposed sessions:
– Opening Plenary: Blue Sky Thinking For a Blue Ocean and Blue Economy
– 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, communications and minerals)
– Financing Ocean Sustainable Development
– The Digital Ocean, Big Ocean Data and Ocean Cloud Computing: The Future Of Ocean Sustainable Development
Parallel sessions have been built around the targets of the SDG 14 and the other SDGs that are strongly related to ocean sustainable development issues and opportunities. To have an overview of all parallel sessions, their framing questions and their latest updates, please click here.
– Biofouling and Invasive Species: Addressing the Threat through Industry Collaboration
– Marine Sound: Tackling a Global Problem through Science-Based Industry Leadership and Multi-Stakeholder Collaboration
CONSERVATION AND ECOSYSTEM BASED MANAGEMENT
– Arctic Sustainable Development: Vessel Traffic and Maritime Infrastructure Projections and Scenarios
– Addressing Cross-Sectoral Conflicts and Developing Synergies: Offshore Wind Energy and Fisheries
– Ship Strikes and Marine Mammals: Practical Solutions for Ocean Industries
– Synergies in Shipping and Sustainability: International Collaboration on Green Shipping Programs and Infrastructure
CLIMATE CHANGE AND OCEAN ACIDIFICATION
– Ocean NETs: CO2 Sequestration Via Ocean-Based Negative Emissions Technologies (NETs)
– Coastal Infrastructure, Extreme Weather Events, Green Infrastructure, and Blue Carbon: Advancing Adaptation, especially for Small Island States and Least Developed Countries
FOOD SECURITY: SUSTAINABLE FISHING AND AQUACULTURE
– Aquaculture: Advancing Sustainable Aquaculture in a Multi-Use Ocean
ECONOMIC BENEFITS TO SMALL ISLAND DEVELOPING STATES (SIDS) AND LEAST DEVELOPED COUNTRIES (LDCS)
– Ocean Energy: Scaling Up Low Carbon Energy Sources from the Sea, with a View Towards SIDS and LDCs
OCEAN KNOWLEDGE, RESEARCH AND TECHNOLOGY
– Smart Ocean-Smart Industries: Advancing Ocean Industry Data Collection, including on Ocean Acidification and Bathymetry
– Maritime Clusters: Innovation and Collaboration for Ocean Sustainable Development
OCEAN GOVERNANCE INCLUDING UNCLOS
– The Law of the Sea – New Legally Binding Instrument on Biodiversity in Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction (BBNJ): What Will It Mean for Ocean Industries
– Dark Ships: Advancing Ocean Governance and Maritime Security by Improving Detection of Illegal or Suspicious Vessel Activities