WORLD OCEAN Summit & Expo

Inspiring ocean solutions


The World Ocean Summit is the pre-eminent annual global event bringing together the widest cross-section of the ocean community from business and finance to governments, national and international policy-makers, civil society and academia. Economist Impact will celebrate the 10th anniversary of the summit with the return to a physical event in Lisbon, Portugal, a city (and country) at the forefront of sustainable ocean thinking and practice. 

World Ocean Summit & Expo

The summit is designed to inspire bold thinking and new partnerships, and to trigger effective action to develop a sustainable ocean economy. It aims to change the way business is done in the ocean. Working closely with our key supporters, and in tandem with other global ocean initiatives, the next three years offer an important opportunity to support and catalyse progress on the ocean sustainability agenda. The period between the recent UN Ocean Conference and the next will be vital in accelerating the transition to a sustainable ocean economy, and for meeting the 2030 targets in UN SDG 14, as well as the ocean ambitions of the global climate change and biodiversity agendas. 

The 2023 World Ocean Summit will drive progress by addressing the greatest challenges facing the seas: climate change, biodiversity loss, and pollution. High-level policy discussions will continue to be at the heart of plenary sessions. We will retain the focus on marine industries including shipping, fishing, aquaculture, energy and tourism and this year the agenda will feature cross-industry sessions to leverage synergies and encourage cross-sector engagement.  

Under the three pillars of climate change, biodiversity loss and pollution we will convene ocean visionaries in roundtable discussions, high-level interviews, and cross-sector panel sessions, with the focus including: 

  • national and international ocean governance
  • blue natural capital
  • marine spatial planning
  • blue food
  • blue finance
  • cities and the ocean
  • plastic pollution
  • chemical pollution
  • shipping and ports decarbonisation
  • marine-renewable energy
  • marine protected areas
  • ocean technology innovations 

We will celebrate the return to a physical event with industry-specific networking lunches, VIP drinks receptions, film screenings, ask the speaker sessions, an expo displaying the latest innovations, expo showcase theatre and cross-sector networking sessions.