Ocean health, ocean wealth: Building a sustainable ocean economy – University of Copenhagen

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Ocean health, ocean wealth: Building a sustainable ocean economy

Sustainability Science Centre and the Norwegian Embassy in Denmark is proud to present a sustainability lecture on 4 September 2019, with Vidar Helgesen, Norway’s Special Envoy to the High-level Panel on Building a Sustainable Ocean Economy.

The ocean is a source of life: it provides half the oxygen we breathe, and it’s home to 50-80 per cent of all life on earth. The ocean is a source of livelihoods: more than 1 in 10 people depend on fisheries and aquaculture, and the global ocean economy is set to double in 15 years. The ocean is under threat: global warming, pollution, overfishing and loss of biodiversity cause harm to the planet, devastate lives and livelihoods and undermine economic and social development. How can we take action against the threats, optimize ocean opportunities and ensure that the ocean contributes to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals?

Vidar Helgesen currently serves as Norway’s Special Envoy for the Ocean. Prior to this Helgesen was Minister of Climate and the Environment (2015-2018), Minister of EEA and EU Affairs (2013-2015) and Chief of Staff to Prime Minister Erna Solberg (2013-2015). Helgesen was Secretary-General of the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance from 2005 to 2013 and State Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs from 2001 to 2005. He graduated from the University of Oslo with a Master of Law.

Katherine Richardson, Professor of Biological Oceanography and Leader of the Sustainability Science Centre, will moderate this lecture.

Admission is free, but registration is necessary.