Sustainable Ocean Summit

The World Ocean Council organizes the annual Sustainable Ocean Summit (SOS), the only international ocean business event to provide a synthesis of status and trends in ocean economic activity. The SOS is uniquely designed to bring together leadership companies from the diverse Ocean Business Community: shipping, fisheries, oil & gas, aquaculture, offshore renewables, tourism, seabed mining, marine technology, manufacturers, law, retailers, insurers, finance, etc. – as well as ocean stakeholders from the government, inter-governmental, academic and environment communities.

The World Ocean Council has organised 7 editions of the SOS, every two years to start with and, since 2015, on an annual basis. Each SOS focuses on a different theme and takes place in a different location (see below).

List of the previous SOS:

SOS 2010, “Reducing Risk, Increasing Sustainability: Solutions through Collaboration”
Belfast, Ireland. June 15, 2010 – June 17, 2010
More information here.

SOS 2013, “Oceans 2050: Sustainable Ocean – Sustainable Business”
Washington, D.C., USA. April 22, 2013 – April 24, 2013
More information here.

SOS 2015, “Sustainable Development and Growing the Blue Economy – the next 50 years”
Singapore. November 9, 2015 – November 11, 2015
More information here.

SOS 2016, “Ocean 2030: Sustainable Development Goals and the Ocean Business Community”
Rotterdam, Netherlands. November 30, 2016 – December 2, 2016
More information here.

SOS 2017, “The Ocean Sustainable Development Goal (SDG14): Business Leadership and Business Opportunities”
Halifax, Canada. November 29, 2017 – December 1, 2017
More information here.

SOS 2018, “Ocean Sustainable Development – Connecting Asia and the World”
Hong Kong. November 14-16, 2018
More information here.

SOS 2019, “Investing in Ocean Futures: Finance and Innovation for the Blue Economy”
Paris. November 20-22, 2019
More information here.

The Sustainable Ocean Summits are high-level events. A list of past participants can be found here.

Sustainable Ocean Summit 2022

The 2022 Sustainable Ocean Summit, focused on the theme of Ocean-Climate-Biodiversity: Synergies and Solutions for Ocean Sustainability, will be held 17-18 October in Barcelona. SOS 2022 will be followed by the inaugural Global Blue Finance Summit – BlueFIN, on 19 October.