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Ocean Panel Perspectives: Accelerating the Transition to a Sustainable Ocean Economy
The ocean is the life source of our planet and vital for healthy human societies and a thriving world economy.  

Building a sustainable ocean economy is one of the most important tasks and greatest opportunities of our time. Governments, industries, stakeholders and experts are joining forces to develop and implement ocean solutions around the world, but we need to go further, move faster, and ensure that our actions balance the needs of people, planet and prosperity.  

The COVID-19 crisis brings into sharp focus the interconnected nature of people and the environment, and the imperative to set the ocean economy on a just and sustainable path so as to restore resilience in natural systems, make us less vulnerable to future shocks, and ensure nobody is left behind as we rebuild and reset. It also reinforces the importance of coordinated, and evidence-based, global action to shared challenges. 

Wrapping up an exciting two weeks of global dialogues and debates with the ocean community around the most pressing challenges and opportunities facing the ocean today, this event will feature reflections from key ocean leaders and experts from the High Level Panel for a Sustainable Ocean Economy on the implications for the road ahead for building a sustainable ocean economy. This event will also present key insights from the latest Blue Paper commissioned by the Ocean Panel “The ocean transition: what to learn from systems transitions”.
Dr. Andrew Steer, President and CEO, World Resources Institute
H.E. Mr. Peter Thomson, UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for the Ocean
Mr. Vidar Helgesen, Norway’s Special Envoy for the Ocean, Sherpa to Prime Minister Erna Solberg
H.E. Ms. Ngedikes Olai Uludong, Permanent Representative of Palau to the UN, Sherpa to President Remengesau Jr
Hon. Jane Lubchenco, PhD., Oregon State University, Co-chair Ocean Panel Expert Group
Dr. Mary Ruckelshaus, Natural Capital Project, Senior Research Scientist, Stanford University
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