27 February 2013: The World Ocean Council’s Sustainable Ocean Summit (SOS) – 22-24 April, 2013 in Washington, D.C. – has added a special plenary session to foster and facilitate industry input to the recently launched Global Ocean Commission.

This new ‘Global Ocean Commission – Ocean Industry Forum’ session at SOS 2013 on 24 April will provide a key opportunity for the ocean business community to engage directly with the Commissioners and provide industry input.

Former Costa Rican President José María Figueres and South African minister Trevor Manuel will chair the session.

“As the Commission embarks on its journey, it is essential that we gain input and expertise from all sectors involved with the global ocean,” said President Figueres.

“I look forward to meeting with you all in Washington and hearing your thoughts on how we can create the conditions for a sustainably healthy and productive global ocean in the 21st Century,” he added.

President Figueres and Minister Manuel will outline the Global Ocean Commission’s purpose, goals, process and priorities, and seek input from participants.

This unique opportunity for the global ocean business community to engage the Global Ocean Commission provides yet another critical and compelling reason for industry to gather at the SOS to tackle shared ocean sustainability issues and help set the agenda for ensuring continued ocean access by responsible industry operators.

Preceding the main SOS conference on 23-24 April, the business community will convene for the agenda-setting ‘Oceans 2050’ workshop on 22 April. This event will identify the drivers, trends, and scenarios affecting the future of ocean industries and determine critical pathways for its success and sustainability. With the advent of the Global Ocean Commission, the ‘Oceans 2050’ workshop now also provides an avenue for industry to develop common ocean messages to convey to the Commissioners at the SOS 2013 ‘Global Ocean Commission – Ocean Industry Forum’ on 24 April, and beyond.

About the Global Ocean Commission

The Global Ocean Commission brings together international leaders in an independent body to analyze the main challenges and threats to the high seas, recommend solutions for addressing them, and, in 2014, provide recommendations to the U.N. and other institutions and processes that can implement change.

The Global Ocean Commission is co-chaired by former President Figueres, South African cabinet minister Trevor Manuel, and former British Foreign Secretary David Miliband MP. They are joined by a panel of senior political, finance, and business figures from around the world. The Global Ocean Commission hopes to help galvanize the development and implementation of a cost-effective, economically beneficial and sustainable system for managing the high seas in the 21st Century.

The Global Ocean Commission seeks to benefit from a broad range of expertise and global perspectives, from all relevant sectors of society including business, economics, science, security and conservation. This will ensure that its recommendations balance the needs of high seas users with the imperatives of science. For more information, visit Global Ocean Commission.

Key Global Ocean Commission contacts:

Kristian Teleki, Director of Global Engagement
kristian.teleki@globaloceancommission.org +44 7896 922198

Richard Black, Director of Communications
Richard.black@globaloceancommission.org +44 7912 583328

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