Our Ocean Youth Leadership Summit Agenda - 2019

Photographer: Louis Munk Klarup

The Our Ocean conferences are designed to spur significant and meaningful actions to increase ocean health. The sixth Our Ocean conference will highlight the importance of knowledge as the basis of our actions and policies to ensure sustainable future economic growth, and contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. As an integral part of the Our Ocean Conference, Sustainable Ocean Alliance and the University of Tromsø will co-host in cooperation with the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs the fourth Our Ocean Youth Leadership Summit, which will take place in Oslo, Norway on October 23-34, 2019. The summit is an opportunity to inspire, inform, and empower youth participants to build holistic solutions that better balance the needs of society, industry and the ocean environment.

Initiated by U.S Secretary John Kerry and Sustainable Ocean Alliance in 2016, the summit is an opportunity to showcase youth-led ocean solutions and entrepreneurial innovations, and to create a networking opportunity for sustainability champions to engage with leaders in policy, industry, research, government initiatives, ocean conservation, and NGOs.

The intended theme for the Our Ocean Youth Leadership Summit is “Co-creating the Sustainable Blue Economy” with the aim to encourage young leaders  to take a scientific approach to marine challenges in alignment with the UN Ocean Decade for Science.  

This year we’re sourcing the world’s top 100 problem-solvers below 35 years old and from over 50 countries to apply knowledge and technology to create an ecosystem of informed ocean decisions and policy solutions that maximize output while minimizing harm.

Young leaders will leave the summit with an enriched understanding of the systemic challenges of ocean health and how they can bridge the needs of multiple stakeholders across government, the private sector and academia to spur ocean action and be agents of positive change.

Program agenda will soon be available.


Tuesday October 22, 2019


Arrivals and Check-in

Participants will arrive to Oslo.


Welcome Drinks and Hors D'Oeuvres

Wednesday October 23 , 2019


Registration / Coffee / Networking


Welcome Remarks

Daniela Fernandez, CEO, Sustainable Ocean Alliance

Agenda is under development.

Thursday October 24 , 2019


Registration / Coffee / Networking


Group Photo


Opening Remarks

Agenda is under development.