Our Ocean Press Release

The European Union, the University of Malta and the Sustainable Ocean Alliance to co-host the Youth Leadership Summit in conjunction with the 2017 Our Ocean Conference

The European Union, the University of Malta and the Sustainable Ocean Alliance (SOA) will partner up to bring 100 young leaders to the Our Ocean Leadership Summit in Malta on 5 and 6 October. The event will be hosted at the University of Malta as a parallel event to the 2017 Our Ocean Conference.

The European Union will host the fourth edition of the Our Ocean Conference in Malta. World leaders, business representatives, NGOs and other high-level stakeholders will gather to commit to impactful actions for the conservation and sustainable use of the world's oceans. The 2017 conference will continue to focus on marine protected areas, sustainable fisheries, marine pollution, and climate-related impacts on the ocean, but this year the EU is also introducing the themes of blue economy and maritime security.

As the organizer of the Our Ocean conference, the EU is determined to integrate the voice of youth in ocean advocacy. Part of this effort will be to co-host the Our Ocean Leadership Summit and give the next generation of political leaders, entrepreneurs and scientists the opportunity to discuss strategies to sustain the health of our oceans. The students selected to participate in the youth event will also have the opportunity to join the second day of the Our Ocean conference.

The partnership with SOA builds on its legacy of providing leadership opportunities to youth and supporting the development of entrepreneurial solutions. SOA works with business executives, policy makers, NGOs, and influencers to build a global coalition of ocean champions.

The decision to co-host the Our Ocean Leadership Conference stems from the EU's and SOA's shared vision of engaging the next generation and giving it the opportunity to develop and showcase innovative solutions that can help protect our ocean.

Background

In 2016, the U.S. Department of State and SOA co-hosted the Our Ocean Youth Summit at Georgetown University, bringing together 150 young leaders who made commitments with the goal of advancing ocean sustainability. At this year’s conference, SOA will report progress on past commitments and, in partnership with the EU, will enable a new cohort of young leaders to develop the skills needed to implement and expand their ideas upon returning to their respective communities.

Links:

www.ourocean2017.org

https://ec.europa.eu/info/departments/maritime-affairs-and-fisheries_en

http://soalliance.org/

http://www.um.edu.mt/

Contacts:

Sustainable Ocean Alliance : Daniela Fernandez, Founder & CEO Daniela@soalliance.org (+1 (773)557-9137)

European Commission: Astrid Alexandersen - Astrid.Alexandersen@ec.europa.eu (+32-2-291.34.86)