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Friday, March 08 2019 - 02:04
World Ocean Summit: There Are Reasons for Optimism Around the Challenges Facing the Ocean
ABU DHABI, UAE, March 8, 2019 /PRNewswire-AsiaNet/ --

The sixth World Ocean Summit closed today with a cautious optimism that we are 
moving from talk to action but the pace needs to accelerate.

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Over 700 attendees including 65 speakers from over 50 countries convened this 
week at the summit in Abu Dhabi under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh 
Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme 
Commander of the UAE Armed Forces.

The next generation has a powerful role in spearheading necessary change. 2018 
was a big year for the ocean in terms of public awareness, now it is time 
mobilise this interest and implement the solutions as the 2020 deadline for 
Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 14 nears. Solutions include developing new 
technologies, engaging the financial community and creating robust governance 

"The idea of a sustainable ocean economy has truly come of age. Each year at 
the summit, we hear about the urgent problems facing our ocean. This year, we 
have begun to hear about many of the solutions which are now beginning to take 
shape," said Charlie Goddard, editorial director, the Economist. "Cellular 
agriculture, artificial intelligence and alternative fuels are all exciting new 
technologies that will help shape the blue economy. Innovative financing 
mechanisms and international partnerships will underpin most of these projects."

"The summit has brought about an immense amount of energy and focus on the 
critical issues pertaining to our ocean. It has enhanced our understanding and 
really set the tone for the way forward, especially on financing, blue 
technology, aquaculture and plastic pollution. The level of engagement and 
dialogue has been phenomenal. During the summit, the EAD announced a new 
fisheries recovery plan and reaffirmed its steadfast commitment to tackling 
plastic pollution in the marine environment. We now need to leverage this 
momentum and mobilise these ideas at scale and pace that can bring about a 
profound shift in the way things stand today," said Razan Khalifa Al Mubarak, 
Managing Director, the Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi (EAD).

H.E. Rashid Abdul Karim Al Baloushi, Acting Undersecretary of Department of 
Economic Development - Abu Dhabi (ADDED), said: "We congratulate the organisers 
and participants for this successful event, and we are proud to be part of this 
global movement which proactively works on achieving a sustainable marine 
economy. It is particularly important for Abu Dhabi as the marine sector is one 
of the main pillars of the local economy to drive growth. It is vital that 
there is a concerted effort among various government entities to promote the 
conservation of our oceans through initiatives that are economically viable 
while addressing ocean pollution. The outcomes of this event will certainly go 
a long way within the UAE, throughout the region and the world, towards our 
common quest to contribute to the global efforts of saving our oceans."

The summit is the centrepiece of The Economist Group's World Ocean Initiative.

Source: World Ocean Summit