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 2020

The theme, venue and dates for the Sustainable Ocean Summit 2020 will be announced soon. More information will be made available at