The Mirpuri Foundation attended the 10th annual World Ocean Summit and Expo that took place in Lisbon, Portugal.

Featuring more than 180 speakers such as the UN secretary-general´s special envoy for the ocean Peter Thompson, and over 1500 attendees, this year´s event kept the focus on “Tackling the greatest challenges facing the ocean: climate change, biodiversity loss, pollution”. 

The World Ocean Summit is an 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 with the return to a physical event in Lisbon, Portugal, a city (and country) at the forefront of sustainable ocean thinking and practice.

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.

This year, the summit steered progress by addressing the greatest challenges facing the ocean: climate change, biodiversity loss, and pollution. High-level policy discussions continued to be at the heart of plenary sessions. The focus on marine industries including shipping, fishing, aquaculture, energy and tourism was retained and this year the agenda featured cross-industry sessions to leverage synergies and encourage cross-sector engagement.

We need our oceans to stay alive. The Mirpuri Foundation Marine Conservation Program promotes the management of vast ocean resources and their sustainability. It carries out initiatives to avoid the destruction of habitats, the depletion of species, pollution and other threats faced by oceans that often go unnoticed because underwater the scarring is not as evident and visible as the one we see on land.