World Ocean Summit: There Are Reasons for Optimism Around Challenges Facing Ocean

The sixth World Ocean Summit closed today with a cautious optimism that we are moving from talk to action but the pace needs to accelerate.

Over 700 attendees including 65 speakers from over 50 countries convened this week at the summit in Abu Dhabi under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces.

The next generation has a powerful role in spearheading necessary change. 2018 was a big year for the ocean in terms of public awareness, now it is time mobilise this interest and implement the solutions as the 2020 deadline for Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 14 nears. Solutions include developing new technologies, engaging the financial community and creating robust governance frameworks.

“The idea of a sustainable ocean economy has truly come of age. Each year at the summit, we hear about the urgent problems facing our ocean. This year, we have begun to hear about many of the solutions which are now beginning to take shape,” said Charlie Goddard,

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