Sustainable Ocean Summit

The World Ocean Council organises every year the 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 4 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 are high-level events: the list of CEOs, Ministers and high representatives of International Organizations who attended previous SOS can be found here.

Sustainable Ocean Summit 2017

The Sustainable Ocean Summit 2017 theme is “The Ocean Sustainable Development Goal (SDG 14): Business Leadership and Business Opportunities” and this SOS recognizes:

• The growth of the Ocean Economy and its contribution to food, energy, transport, communications and other needs of society as part of the U.N. SDG process/Agenda 2030.
• The role of the Ocean Business Community over the next 15 years, and beyond, in ensuring ocean sustainable development.

The SOS 2017 will:
• Focus on ocean business community leadership in achieving the U.N. “Ocean” Sustainable Development Goal – SDG 14.
• Develop business growth and investment opportunities in ocean sustainable development.
• Ensure continuity and follow through with the themes, discussions, and outputs from previous SOS events.
• Build on the results and momentum of the U.N. Ocean/SDG 14 Conference (June 2017), the “Our Ocean” conference (October 2017) and other ocean events of 2017 by bringing these to the unique convening of the global ocean business community that the SOS provides.

The international ocean business community gathers at the SOS to advance leadership and collaboration in developing industry-driven solutions to ocean sustainable development challenges.

The results of all the SOS 2017 session discussions will feed into WOC and ocean business community efforts to address ocean sustainable development and SDG 14 on the Ocean.