Session III: Healthy and productive oceans - sustaining blue growth in the Arctic

Session format: debate

All life on earth depends on the health of our oceans, which cover two-thirds of our planet and most of the Arctic. The UN Sustainable Development Goal 14, reaffirmed in the Arctic Council’s 2017 Fairbanks declaration, provides us with a common roadmap to healthy and productive oceans, including the Arctic Ocean. The Law of the Sea constitutes the legal framework for the conservation and sustainable use of oceans and their resources. The EUs Our Ocean Commitments aim to foster a sustainable, blue economy and ensure the safety of our seas.

A ‘blue economy’ offers food, energy, water, jobs, and income. Globally, pollution, overfishing, rising sea levels, ocean warming and acidity, and extreme weather events are serious threats to the sustainability of the blue economy. Furthermore, 1.3 billion tonnes of food are wasted every year, putting unnecessary and avoidable pressure on the environment, including the oceans.

So, how can we improve the global environmental performance of existing ocean-based industries while developing future-oriented businesses with a smaller environmental footprint? How can we erase the artificial contradiction between conservation and use, which ought to be two sides of the same coin? What are the tools we have at our disposal? Is there sufficient political leadership?

The Arctic Ocean is among the cleanest and best managed oceans in the world. Still, the Arctic is affected by global problems, such as micro plastics. Can cooperation in the Arctic serve as a ‘best practice’ case for ocean management?

Confirmed speakers

  • Peter Thomson, UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for the Ocean
  • Jenna Jambeck, Professor, University of Georgia, USA
  • Jonas Gahr Støre, Leader of the Labour Party, Norway
  • Anja Bakken Riise, leader, Future in our Hands (Framtiden i våre hender), Norway
  • Mike Sfraga, Polar Initiative, The Wilson centre
  • Edel Elvevoll, Professor, the University of Tromsø

Policy Policy

Monday 22nd January 2018

13:40 - 14:40

Clarion Hotel The Edge

Add to Calendar 2018-01-22 13:40 2018-01-22 14:40 Europe/Oslo Session III: Healthy and productive oceans - sustaining blue growth in the Arctic Session format: debate All life on earth depends on the health of our oceans, which cover two-thirds of our planet and most of the Arctic. The UN Sustainable Development Goal 14, reaffirmed in the Arctic Council’s 2017 Fairbanks declaration, provides us with a common roadmap to healthy and productive oceans, including the Arctic Ocean. The Law of the Sea constitutes the legal framework for the conservation and sustainable use of oceans and their resources. The EUs Our Ocean Commitments aim to foster a sustainable, blue economy and ensure the safety of our seas. A ‘blue economy’ offers food, energy, water, jobs, and income. Globally, pollution, overfishing, rising sea levels, ocean warming and acidity, and extreme weather events are serious threats to the sustainability of the blue economy. Furthermore, 1.3 billion tonnes of food are wasted every year, putting unnecessary and avoidable pressure on the environment, including the oceans. So, how can we improve the global environmental performance of existing ocean-based industries while developing future-oriented businesses with a smaller environmental footprint? How can we erase the artificial contradiction between conservation and use, which ought to be two sides of the same coin? What are the tools we have at our disposal? Is there sufficient political leadership? The Arctic Ocean is among the cleanest and best managed oceans in the world. Still, the Arctic is affected by global problems, such as micro plastics. Can cooperation in the Arctic serve as a ‘best practice’ case for ocean management? Confirmed speakers Peter Thomson, UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for the Ocean Jenna Jambeck, Professor, University of Georgia, USA Jonas Gahr Støre, Leader of the Labour Party, Norway Anja Bakken Riise, leader, Future in our Hands (Framtiden i våre hender), Norway Mike Sfraga, Polar Initiative, The Wilson centre Edel Elvevoll, Professor, the University of Tromsø Clarion Hotel The Edge

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