THE SOS 2019 PROGRAM IS BEING DEVELOPED WITH INPUT FROM THE INTERNATIONAL OCEAN BUSINESS COMMUNITY
With the theme of “Investing in Ocean Futures: Finance and Innovation for the Blue Economy”, the SOS 2019 will be the foremost international business conference dedicated to investment and innovation for ocean sustainable development. Click on the right button to see the developing program!

Investing in Ocean Futures: Finance and innovation for the blue economy

Over 2.5 days, SOS 2019 delegates will explore a range of cross-sectoral topics, strategies and solutions through plenary and parallel sessions and workshops.  Interested parties are invited to propose session themes that they would like to sponsor and organize by contacting summit@oceancouncil.org. The evolving SOS 2019 Program will reflect the level of interest in these and potentially other topics.

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS
The Program Committee welcomes the submission of abstracts for presentation at the Sustainable Ocean Summit 2019 (Paris, 20-22 Nov), with the theme of “Investing in Ocean Futures: Finance and Innovation for the Blue Economy”.
Abstracts must be 150 words or less exclusive of the title and the author citations. Abstracts should be text only and should not contain footnotes, endnotes, citations, graphs, images or other illustrations. Abstract titles must be limited to ten words. Abstracts must indicate which session in the draft SOS Program they are targeting and must be relevant to the “Framing Questions” of the session. Presenters selected for inclusion in the program are required to be registered, paid participants.
The deadline for abstract submission is 30 July 2019. Interested parties are invited to send their submissions to summit@oceancouncil.org.

OCEAN INVESTMENT AND INNOVATION: Plenaries, Parallels, Workshops, Roundtables

  • Institutional Investors and the Blue Economy: Ocean Opportunities for Pension Funds and Sovereign Wealth Funds
  • Corporate Investment in Ocean Sustainable Development Solutions
  • Impact Investment, Blended Finance and the Blue Economy
  • Philanthropic Investment and the Blue Economy
  • Family Offices and Financing for Ocean Health and Sustainability
  • Multi-Lateral and Public Development Banks: Risk Mitigation and Guarantees for Blue Economy Investment
  • Banking on the Blue Economy: Expanding the Role of Banks in Ocean Sustainable Development
  • Ocean Funds: Focused Finance for Sustainable Seas
  • Ocean/Maritime Insurance: Risk, Sustainable Development and the Role of Insurance
  • Sustainable Blue Economy Finance Principles
  • The Role of the Ocean/Maritime Legal Community in De-risking Investment in the Blue Economy
  • Blue Economy Blockchain: Linking Around the World and Across the Sectors for Ocean Sustainable Development
  • Global Blue Economy Innovation Network: Accelerators, Incubators and Challenge Competitions for Ocean Sustainable Development

Plenary Sessions

  • Ocean Executive Forum: The Signature SOS Multi-Sector Panel of CEOs
  • Women in Ocean Industries: Leadership and Sustainable Development
  • The Digital Ocean, Big Ocean Data and the Ocean Cloud
  • The Navy and Maritime Industries: Exploring Synergies in Ocean Sustainable Development, Science and Stewardship
  • Blue Economy Business Projections: Ocean 2030 (covering ocean transportation, energy, food, tourism and minerals)
  • Investing in People: Young Ocean Professionals, Sustainable Development and Jobs in the Blue Economy

Parallel Sessions/Workshops

OCEAN GOVERNANCE AND PLANNING

  • U.N. Law of the Sea: New Legally Binding Instrument on Biodiversity in Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction (BBNJ) and Ocean Industries
  • Multi-Use Platforms: Ocean Use Synergies for Decommissioned Platforms and a New Era of Offshore Structures

OCEAN AND CLIMATE

  • Port Resiliency to Sea Level Rise and Extreme Events: Private Sector Collaboration to Advance Infrastructure Adaptation, especially for Small Islands and Developing Countries
  • Ocean NETs: Responsible Negative Emission Technologies (NETs) for CO2 Sequestration at Sea
  • Offshore Energy: Oil and Gas Industry Role in Advancing Offshore Renewables
  • Arctic Sustainable Development and the Northern Sea Route

OCEAN KNOWLEDGE, RESEARCH AND TECHNOLOGY

  • U.N. Decade of Ocean Science and SMART Ocean-SMART Industries: Advancing Ocean and Climate Data Collection from Ships and Platforms
  • Seabed 2030: Accelerating Ocean Industry Leadership on Global Seafloor Mapping
  • Blue Worlds: The ESA Initiative Towards Space Projects Support for Sustainable Ocean Activities
  • EU Collaborative Vision for a Sustainable Ocean: Investing in Ocean Data and Deliverables

MARINE POLLUTION/IMPACTS

  • Port Reception Facilities: Delivering Marine Debris Disposal Needs at a Global, Multi-Sectoral Scale
  • The Circular Economy at Sea: Tackling the 20% by Addressing Plastics from Sea-borne Sources through Reduction, Recycle, Reuse
  • Biofouling, Invasive Species and the GEF-UNDP-IMO GloFouling Partnerships Project: Guidance, Standards and Regulators
  • Biofouling and Non-Shipping Sector Vectors: Addressing Fishing Boats, Recreation Craft, Marinas
  • Marine Sound: Advancing Science-Based Solutions to a Global, Multi-Industry Issue

FOOD SECURITY: SUSTAINABLE FISHING AND AQUACULTURE

  • Moving Commercial Fisheries to Sustainability: Innovation and Investment

BIODIVERSITY

  • Ship Strikes and Marine Mammals: Practical Solutions for Ocean Industries

CROSS-CUTTING SESSIONS

  • Maritime Cluster for Sustainable Development: Prospects and Progress for Sustainable Development
  • Africa and the Blue Economy: Regional Business Leadership Alliances for Ocean Sustainable Development
  • Blue Economy Leadership Alliance for the Mediterranean
  • Social License and the Blue Economy: What Ocean Industries Need to Know

Sustainable Ocean Summit 2019: Side Events

Interested parties are invited to propose Side Events that they would like to sponsor and organize in association with the SOS 2019 by contacting summit@oceancouncil.org.

HIGH-LEVEL BUSINESS DELEGATES ATTENDING THE SOS
Download the list of high-level business and investment leaders attending the SOS, as well as senior representatives from intergovernmental organizations, governments, NGOs and the science community.
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