The Economist’s eleventh annual World Ocean Summit returns to Lisbon, Portugal. The summit convenes the widest cross-section of the ocean community from business and finance to government, national and international policy-makers, civil society and academia.

Seas At Risk’s Monica Verbeek and John Maggs will sit on panels covering deep-sea mining and shipping emissions.

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The summit is designed to instigate action to develop the sustainable ocean economy; to encourage new partnerships across industries, with NGOs, scientists, technology developers and investors. By bringing together all stakeholders in the ocean ecosystem, the summit provides the perfect platform to inspire new synergies, solutions and strategies on the track to meet the 2030 targets in UN Sustainable Development Goal 14: Life Below Water.

The 2024 agenda will focus on ocean health, industry strategies to accelerate the sustainable ocean economy, and ocean-climate solutions. All tracks will feature speakers and sessions on investment and innovative financial tools to drive the restoration of ocean health. The sessions will move between high-level policy discussions in the plenaries, detailed focus on ocean-based industries and tangible solutions to the ocean crisis in the track sessions, and hands-on interaction in the “How to” working group sessions. The “How to” working groups are new for 2024 and will create a set of action points and practical takeaways for individuals and organisations committed to restore ocean health.