New cohort of Friends of Ocean Action all aboard for ocean health

New York, 20 September 2023 – Members of Friends of Ocean Action are meeting today in New York at the annual World Economic Forum Sustainable Development Impact Meetings, with a recommitment to advance a healthy, thriving ocean that serves people and the planet.

Friends of Ocean Action is the World Economic Forum’s community of global ocean leaders who work together to fast-track ambitious solutions for ocean health. Launched in 2018 at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos, Friends of Ocean Action creates platforms and initiatives that advance action for the Sustainable Development Goal for Life Below Water, SDG14.

“We are excited and honoured to welcome such illustrious, expert, committed and dynamic new members of our Friends of Ocean Action community. Together with existing Friends, we look forward to working on fast-tracking the most ambitious and scalable multisectoral solutions and partnerships that engage a range of stakeholders to advance ocean health,” said Alfredo Giron, Head of Ocean at the World Economic Forum.

“The ocean is our lifeline. Without it there can be no life on Earth. It is thus that achieving a healthy, thriving ocean is so central to SDG14 and our sustainable development goals as a whole – from improving food and job security to regulating weather and the climate. Friends of Ocean Action is working to conserve and restore marine ecosystems, while at the same time boosting a sustainable and inclusive blue economy. All aboard for ocean health!” said Peter Thomson, UN Secretary-General's Special Envoy for the Ocean, and co-chair of Friends of Ocean Action.

New members of Friends of Ocean Action include the following global ocean leaders:

  • Richard Brisius
    Race Chairman, The Ocean Race
  • Julio Cordano
    Director of Environment Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Chile
  • Elizabeth Cousens
    President and CEO, United Nations Foundation
  • Arsenio Dominguez
    Director, Marine Environment Division, International Maritime Organization (IMO)
  • Carlos Duarte
    Director, Coral Research and Development Accelerator Platform
  • Fangli Qiao
    Deputy Director, First Institute of Oceanography, China
  • Charles Goddard
    Editorial Director, The Economist Group
  • Zac Goldsmith
    Former Minister of State for Overseas Territories, Commonwealth, Energy, Climate and Environment, House of Lords, UK
  • Aimee Gonzales
    Executive Director, Partnerships in Environmental Management for the Seas of East Asia (PEMSEA)
  • Lasse Gustavsson
    CEO, OceanWise
  • Henrik Harboe
    Co-Chair, High Level Panel for a Sustainable Ocean Economy
  • Li Jianping
    Dean of Academy of Future Ocean and Innovation, Ocean University of China
  • Tony Long
    CEO, Global Fishing Watch
  • Anna Marsden
    Managing Director, Great Barrier Reef Foundation, Australia
  • David Obura
    Researcher and Founding Director, Coastal Oceans Research and Development in the Indian Ocean (CORDIO)
  • Loreley Picourt
    Executive Director, Ocean & Climate Platform
  • Angelique Pouponneau
    Chief of Staff, UN Secretary General’s Climate Action Team
  • Leticia Reis de Carvalho
    Head, Marine and Fresh Water Unit, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
  • Patricia Ricard
    President, Paul Ricard Oceanographic Institute
  • Karen Sack
    Executive Director, Ocean Risk and Resilience Action Alliance (ORRAA)
  • Kirsten Schuijt
    Director General, WWF International
  • Ilana Seid
    Co-Chair, High Level Panel for a Sustainable Ocean Economy
  • Rashid Sumaila
    Director of the Fisheries Economics Research Unit, University of British Columbia, Canada
  • Tatsuro Watanabe
    Chief Sustainability Officer, Mitsui OSK Lines
  • Wendy Watson-Wright
    Vice-Chair, UN Group of Experts on the Scientific Aspects of Marine Environmental Protection (GESAMP)
  • Stephen Widdicombe
    Director of Science and Deputy Chief Executive, Plymouth Marine Laboratory, UK

See the full list of members of Friends of Ocean Action on our website.

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Read Alfredo Giron’s Agenda blog post on the power and potential of multistakeholder partnerships for ocean health.