Dear executive,How can the economic potential of the oceans be realised in a sustainable way? Is there a broader "corporate oceans responsibility" that makes sense for business? Could new governance frameworks deliver better results for the oceans? What are the new solutions for fishing? How can business take the lead in reducing our carbon footprint in the oceans? The Economist is convening the World Oceans Summit on February 22nd-24th 2012 in Singapore, for a robust and unsentimental examination of these and other critical issues affecting the future of the seas, and to debate the importance of the sustainable use of the oceans.
The summit will bring together a community of more than 200 global leaders from various sectors and disciplines, including business, government, academia, international organisations and NGOs, for the launch of an initiative that brings a fresh perspective to debates on the future health of the oceans.
Other key topics to be debated at the World Oceans Summit, through a variety of interactive discussion formats, include:
KEYNOTE & DISCUSSION:
The need for global common purpose around the oceans - Robert Zoellick, President, World Bank
An economic forecast from the Economist Intelligence Unit
Why value the oceans?
Economic growth and oceans conservation—are they reconcilable?
Business, blue and green
Who should rule the waves?
SPECIAL GOVERNANCE FOCUS:
The Arctic—beacon of hope?
Feeding the world—are oceans the solution?
New solutions for fishing
Making marine protection economically viable
The problem of pollution and marine debris
A series of outcome and solution-driven sessions covering key issues