ABOUT THE SUMMIT
The MENA Oceans Summit is the first dedicated forum in the MENA region focused on accelerating the pace of comprehensive clean ocean action, to conserve and restore ocean ecosystems, tackle climate change and ensure development of blue economies within sustainable frameworks.
Convening on World Oceans Day and engaging under four key streams – Blue Economy, Blue Governance, Blue Research, and Blue Collective, the forum brings together a diverse range of stakeholders to address ocean health:
Day 1, 8th June: global leaders, policymakers, researchers and the private sector who work at the forefront of clean ocean action will engage the audience through panel discussions and intense fireside chats on challenges, developments, and opportunities.
Day 2, 9th June: the Blue Collective will be activated as an educational, awareness, and engagement platform; encouraging the youth and the wider community to be a part of critical dialogues and envision themselves as ocean ambassadors for save the ocean activities.
Chair, Global Council on SDG13;
Co-founder, Emirates Diving Association
Founder & Managing Director
Dr. Hamdah Abdulla MohammadAl Aslai
Head of Marine Life Section, Ministry of Climate Change & Environment
Dr. Nahla Mezhoud
Marine Environmental Specialist,
Ministry of Climate Change & Environment
Ignace Beguin Billecocq
Ocean & Coastal Zones Lead, UN High Level Climate Champions Team
Dr. Raidan AlSaqqaf Resident Economist, Technical Lead for COP28 Programme UN UAE
Founder, NUWAT & Gulf Womens' Network for Environmental Sciences
Ayesha Al Blooshi
Marine Biologist; People & Planet Strategic Consultant
MENA OCEANS SUMMIT KEY PILLARS
This summit is the first step in the lead-up to COP28, which intends to set the tone and pace for blue ocean actions through smaller working groups and the development of white papers documenting regional challenges, innovations and opportunities for ocean health initiatives.