World Ocean Summit 2014
The Economist continues its global ocean sustainability initiative with the second World Ocean Summit . Taking place in San Francisco from February 24th to 26th 2014 and chaired by John Micklethwait, Editor-in-Chief of The Economist , the summit will convene more than 200 global leaders from government, business, international organisations, NGOs, think-tanks and academia to continue the unique outcome driven dialogue first established at the 2012 summit.
Central to the next Summit are two things. The first is GOVERNANCE ; the second, SUSTAINABILITY .
Governance is critical—our seas are in trouble for want of governance. But good governance is difficult to forge—not least in the high seas, where there is little formal jurisdiction. The sustainable use of our seas is equally essential—and intimately linked, of course, to better governance. A small cohort of progressive companies are leading the way on the responsible use of the ocean. They rightly view governance, regulation and certainty—and sustainability—as central to their very future. The best talk now of integrating natural capital approaches into their business models, and of mitigating risks to their businesses of the externalities or threats they may cause.
It is early days, and there is much work to do to shape the discussion around the ocean, governance and sustainability. The Economist is uniquely placed to convene this dialogue. Where the first Summit set the scene, the intent of the second in 2014 will be solutions-oriented. Working groups will take precedence, tackling real policy issues with carefully planned agendas. Case studies will inspire, and experienced moderators and facilitators give direction. We are now planning the sessions in consultation with our Advisory Board as well as our new Business Advisory Board.