Wednesday, November 9, 2011


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
BRIEFING:An economic forecast from the Economist Intelligence Unit
DISCUSSION:Why value the oceans?
DISCUSSION:Economic growth and oceans conservation—are they reconcilable?
IN CONVERSATION:Business, blue and green
DISCUSSION:Who should rule the waves?
SPECIAL GOVERNANCE FOCUS:The Arctic—beacon of hope?
DIALOGUE:Feeding the world—are oceans the solution?
DISCUSSION:New solutions for fishing
DISCUSSION:Making marine protection economically viable
DISCUSSION:The problem of pollution and marine debris
WORKING SESSIONS:A series of outcome and solution-driven sessions covering key issues

For a full overview of all the issues to be discussed at the summit
Reserve your place today; or contact us to convey your interest in supporting the initiative. If you have any questions or require further information, please do not hesitate to contact Alice Wong by telephone at            (+852) 2585 3312       or


John Micklethwait
The Economist 
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Featured speakers include:
Robert Zoellick
World Bank
Teo Chee Hean Deputy Prime Minister
Government of Singapore
Sylvia Earle
National Geographic Society
Ahmed Djoghlaf Executive Secretary United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity
Tim Smith
Chief Executive Officer, North Asia
Maersk Line
Mike Barry
Head of
Sustainable Business
Marks & Spencer
Malcolm Preston
Global Head of Sustainability and Climate ChangePricewaterhouse Coopers
Spyros Polemis Chairman
International Chamber of Shipping
Paul Holthus
Executive Director
World Ocean Council
Anisa Kamadoli Costa
Vice President Global Sustainability & Corporate Responsibility
Tiffany & Co
Peter Boyd
Chief Operating Officer Carbon War Room
Tommy Koh
Ambassador-At-Large Ministry of Foreign Affairs Singapore
Click here to view the full Summit speaker faculty
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