Thursday, October 11, 2018

Register now for World Ocean Council Sustainable Ocean Summit 2018

The World Ocean Council Sustainable Ocean Summit will take place 14 – 16 November 2018, Hong Kong

The ocean is essential to a prosperous and sustainable planet in many ways. The ocean supports economic growth and development by providing energy, food, water, minerals, transport, tourism, recreation and many other values to humans and society.

Ocean industries operate in a fluid, three-dimensional, interconnected ocean space. This means industry's activities, responsibilities and impacts are also intertwined – amongst the various sectors and economic users – and with the surrounding template of ocean ecosystem processes, functions and biodiversity.

The increasing kind and level of ocean economic activity make a compelling business case for industry leadership, collaboration and action in addressing "Corporate Ocean Responsibility". Tackling ocean sustainable development and implementing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) create challenges to understanding the risks and opportunities of ocean sustainable development.

The legal community can help address this and facilitate the private sector in working to conduct its business in a manner compatible with the balanced environmental and economic needs of the local communities and global ocean in which they operate – and in compliance with the emerging regulatory regime for the marine environment. For example, how can ocean industries best comply with marine ecosystem-based management requirements, or how should the ocean business community engage in marine spatial planning it develops?

The SOS 2018 session on "The Role of the Ocean/Maritime Legal Community in Understanding and Addressing Risk and Opportunity in the Blue Economy and Ocean Sustainable Development" will bring together leading members of the international legal community to consider how to best work with the ocean business community and other ocean stakeholders to address sustainable development.

A panel of leading legal community representatives will consider:
• What is the role of the ocean/maritime legal community in addressing the risks, opportunities and challenges of the growing and increasingly diverse ocean economy?
• What experience, lessons learned and ongoing efforts can the ocean/maritime legal community bring to help advance ocean sustainable development, and is there a need for greater collaboration amongst the ocean/maritime legal community on sustainable development?
• What are the priority ocean development and sustainability issues for engaging the ocean/maritime legal community - from the perspective of: a) the legal community, b) the overall ocean business community and c) other ocean stakeholders (e.g. government, NGOs)?

The international legal community is invited to participate in this forum and engage in the development of an international network of legal experts working in support of ocean sustainable development.

Register for the WOC SOS 2018, HERE

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