New Approaches to Governance, Research and Protection of the World Ocean

06 Jun , 09:00–10:15
The Global Economy in Search of a Balance
Pavilion F, conference hall F3

An international programme is currently being prepared for the Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021–2030) supported by the United Nations and UNESCO. UNESCO estimates that meeting the needs of nearly 3 billion people worldwide depends today on marine and coastal biodiversity. The ocean absorbs about a third of the carbon dioxide produced by humans, mitigating the negative impacts of climate change. Yet science has not yet been able to fully assess the cumulative impact of human activities on the ocean, including how pollution is threatening this natural environment. Numerous ocean-related factors have a major impact on a wide range of critical issues, such as climate change, improving people’s lives, and geopolitical challenges. In order to address them, international coordination and partnership aimed at strengthening World Ocean research must be improved, as must the exchange of state-of-the-art technologies. Can the World Ocean be managed on a global level in present-day conditions? What focuses will drive the economic development of the World Ocean in the future? Science or politics: how can we implement international ocean research and conservation projects?

Welcoming address
Vladimir Ryabinin, Executive Secretary, Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission, UNESCO

Sergei Brilev, Anchor, Deputy Director, Russia TV Channel; President, Bering Bellingshausen Institute for the Americas

Andrey Adrianov, Vice-President, Russian Academy of Sciences
Rene Berkvens, Chief Executive Officer, Damen Shipyards Group NV
Tero Vauraste, Chairman, Arctic Economic Council; President, Mariadi Oy
Alexey Rakhmanov, President, United Shipbuilding Corporation
Paul Holthus, Founding President, Chief Executive Officer, World Ocean Council
Sergey Emdin, Chief Executive Officer, Tele2

Front row participants
Viktor Olersky, Member of the Board of Directors, Sovcomflot
Yury Tsvetkov, Deputy Minister of Transport of the Russian Federation; Head, The Federal Agency for Maritime and River Transport