The Role of the Private Sector in Fighting Climate Change Affecting the Ocean

New York, United States, • English

A UN Ocean Conference Side-Event brought to you by the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the World Maritime University (WMU) and the Government of Sweden.


The growing impacts of climate change on the global ocean are having profound impacts on national economies and societies, food and water security, settlement patterns and human safety and security. These trends are expected to continue worsening over the coming decades, up to and beyond 2030. The international community, national governments, research bodies, non-governmental organizations, academic institutions, civil society organizations and, importantly, the private sector, are taking up the challenge and contributing to efforts to reduce the human-induced climate change pressures on the ocean, improve energy efficiency and introduce market-based tools to shift our investment, subsidy and production.

This side event will focus on the role of the private sector in fighting climate change affecting the ocean and will bring together representatives of the private sector, ocean leadership nations, and the education and capacity-building sector to highlight, discuss and seek practical approaches to address the ways in which the private sector can fight climate change affecting the ocean.


11:00 Introduction, Cleopatra Doumbia-Henry, President, WMU
11:10 Setting the Scene, Dr. Marie Jacobsson, Principal Legal Adviser on International Law, Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs
11:15 Impact of Climate Change on the Maritime Transport Sector, Paul Holthus, Founding President and CEO, World Ocean Council
11:30 Impact of Climate Change on Commercial Fisheries, Minna Epps, Program Director – Scandinavia and Baltic Sea Region, Marine Stewardship Council
11:45 Climate Risk Management, Dr. Megan Linkin, Vice President Global Partnerships, Swiss Re
12:00 Q&A
12:20 Closing Remarks, Louise Kantrow, ICC


Louise KantrowPermanent Observer to the United Nations for the ICC
Nikolaus SchultzeChief Operating Officer, WMU

Logistical notes

New York – 9 June 2017, 11:00-12:30, Conference Room 12, UN Conference Building


  • Majda Dabaghi
  • ICC policy manager for environment and energy commission
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