Program


SOS 2018 THEME
“OCEAN SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT –
CONNECTING ASIA AND THE WORLD”

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 2018 theme of “Ocean Sustainable Development – Connecting Asia and the World” recognized:

  • The major role that Asia plays in the global economy through trade and maritime transport
  • The size and growth of the economies and population of Asian countries
  • The national, regional and international importance of key ocean industries in Asia, e.g. shipping, shipbuilding, fisheries, aquaculture, etc.
  • The global interconnectedness of the ocean, the ocean economy and the ocean business community
  • The need to address ocean sustainable development and the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at a global scale with all ocean business sectors

The SOS uniquely brings together leadership companies from the diverse Ocean Business Community: shipping, oil and gas, fisheries, aquaculture, seabed mining, tourism, renewable energy, ports, dredging, mining, submarine cables, marine science, engineering and technology, the maritime legal, financial and insurance communities, and others – as well as ocean stakeholders from the government, inter-governmental, academic and environment communities.

The SOS 2018 Program was developed with input from the international ocean business community, with the following sessions under development:

Plenary Sessions

  • Ocean Executive Forum: The Signature SOS Multi-Sector Panel of CEOs
  • Asian Shipping and Shipbuilding: Leadership and Challenges in Connecting Asia and the World
  • Women in Ocean/Coastal Business: Leadership and Sustainable Development
  • Ocean 2030: Global Projections for Ocean Industry Activity (covering ocean transportation, energy, food, tourism and minerals)
  • One Belt, One Road, One Ocean: International Business Collaboration to Help Ensure the Maritime Silk Road Leads to a Sustainable Destination
  • The Digital Ocean, Big Ocean Data and the Ocean Cloud: Data Driven Sustainable Development of the Seas
  • Ocean Investment Platform: Financing and Innovation for Ocean Sustainable Development

Parallel Sessions/Workshops

MARINE POLLUTION

  • Plastics/Waste Removal from Ocean and Island Areas and MicroPlastic Detection: 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 AND CLIMATE

  • 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

FOOD SECURITY: SUSTAINABLE FISHING AND AQUACULTURE

  • Aquaculture: Ensuring Sustainable Production in Crowded Seas

OCEAN KNOWLEDGE, RESEARCH AND TECHNOLOGY

  • SMART Ocean – SMART Industries and the Arctic: Advancing Industry-Science Collaboration for Data Collection in Support of Safe and Responsible Arctic Development

OCEAN GOVERNANCE AND PLANNING

  • 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

CROSS-CUTTING WORKSHOPS

  • The Role of the Ocean/Maritime Legal Community in Understanding and Addressing Risk and Opportunity in the Blue Economy and Ocean Sustainable Development

Invitation-only Event

  • CEOcean Club: A Networking Reception for the SOS 2018 C-Suite and VIP Participants