The UN Ocean Conference is now over and it is, therefore, time to summarize and wrap up our key takeaways from this inspiring week.
We have now left the UN Ocean Conference and with us, we are bringing a positive feeling and a feeling that we actually can make a difference. During the last few years, a lot of new organizations and clusters have formed that foster innovation and action in the ocean space at the same time as they are leveraging the ocean resources to meet SDG 14 and other SDGs as well. One important key takeaway from this conference is that true change won't happen through politicians and policymakers. It will, as often, happen through the private sector and initiatives.
Our 4 key takeaways from the UN Ocean Conference
We can't wait for the policymakers to make their moves.
There are a lot of good initiatives going on around the globe, primarily from the private sector.
This sector currently is indeed in its early stages, fragmented and underfinanced.
Collaboration > competition. It is clear that we need spaces and forums where like-minded ocean passionate people, organizations, entrepreneurs, and businesses can connect with each other and benefit from each other's knowledge.