- Today, the seas and the oceans, where much of the world’s true wealth, natural resources and plentiful flora and fauna lie, will become the next battleground among countries. The lack of high-level political leadership and cooperation, successful diplomatic initiatives and an effective global framework which would bring public and private entities, and unregulated and unsustainable expansionist policies of countries and companies will only exacerbate this.
- A complete rethinking of water, the seas, the oceans, marine resources and international diplomacy – and getting a mix of policymakers, diplomats, businesses and academia and other civil society leaders around them — is urgently warranted and needed.
- The Prime Minister of Norway Her Excellency Ms. Erna Solberg has launched a new High-Level Panel on the Sustainable Ocean Economy, it was announced at Davos, WEF, January 2018. The UN has also announced a “Friends of Ocean Action” with 60 ocean leaders and experts. It will convene a conference on oceans in 2020. These are important processes, which the Geneva School of Diplomacy can contribute its part to. But importantly today, countries, policymakers, government officials and companies want practical advice: clearer guidance, methods and tools to change the tide on the oceans.