The World Ocean Summit took place March 7-9 in Playa del Carmen, Mexico, World Ocean Summit. It is the most diverse and important global gathering on the ocean.
Political leaders and policymakers, heads of global business, scientists, NGOs and multilaterals representing over 50 countries have gathered for a frank and forward-looking discussion on how to turn pledges about sustainable development of the ocean into reality.
Over the course of three days, the fifth World Ocean Summit invited participants from around the world to evaluate strategies and devise new solutions to urgent problems in the ocean.
More than 70 world leaders spoke at the event including Enrique Peña-Nieto, the President of Mexico; Guðni Th. Jóhannesson, the President of Iceland as well as members of businesses and organizations including the European Investment Bank, the Ocean Conservancy, UN Environment, Addidas and Coca-Cola.
A number of organizations also announced initiatives and news including The Nature Conservancy, XL Catlin and The Environmental Defense Fund. The aforementioned announcements set the stage for the next phase of improvement and business innovation in regards to the world’s oceans.
MORE THAN 400 LEADERS FROM BUSINESS, GOVERNMENT AND CIVIL SOCIETY CONVENE TO DISCUSS WHAT IS NEEDED TO FOSTER SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT OF THE OCEAN