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A unique global initiative led by serving heads of state and government
from around the world who are building momentum for a
sustainable ocean economy, informed by leading
global experts and practitioners.

The Ocean Panel aims to
advance a more prosperous and resilient
future for people and the planet.



World leaders across 17 countries are working together to catalyse and implement ocean solutions around the world.


The ocean is a life source. 

Humanity’s well-being is intertwined with the health of the ocean.
The ocean stabilises the climate, sustains us, and leads to greater prosperity.

A healthy ocean is essential for everyone.

The ocean is responsible for about 50% of the oxygen produced on the planet, covers 70% of Earth and absorbs 25% of CO2 emissions.


Transformations: A vision
for protection, production
and prosperity

The framework for change is laid out in the new ocean action agenda, built upon knowledge and science.

‘Transformations for a Sustainable Ocean Economy’ is the culmination of a historic effort to chart the course towards a sustainable ocean economy and sets out the shared aim to sustainably manage 100% of the ocean area under national jurisdiction, guided by Sustainable Ocean Plans.

Action Groups

Ocean Panel Action Groups are made up of entities from the public, private, financial, research and civil society sectors committed to help accelerate, scale and finance ocean action to help create the change we are striving for.


The Latest News

United Kingdom Joins High Level Panel for a Sustainable Ocean Economy

Lisbon, Portugal (JUNE 29, 2022) – Today, the High Level Panel for a Sustainable Ocean Economy (Ocean Panel) welcomes the addition of a new member, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. The United…
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Ocean Panel Launches Sustainable Tourism Report and Accompanying Expert Perspectives

In December 2020, the Ocean Panel launched the ‘Transformations for a Sustainable Ocean Economy: A Vision for Protection, Production and Prosperity’ which included an ambitious goal for coastal and marine tourism, that by 2030 ‘Coastal…
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Joint Statement by Ocean Panel Leaders at the United Nations Ocean Conference

The 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda articulates a vision for the world we want. A world that ensures no one is left behind, where everyone has access to nutritious food, renewable energy, clean air and water,…
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The High Level Panel for a Sustainable Ocean Economy Convenes the 25th Member Representative Meeting in Mexico City

MEXICO CITY, MEXICO (9 May 2022) – Representatives from the 16 member countries of the High Level Panel for a Sustainable Ocean Economy (Ocean Panel) came together for the 25th Member Representative meeting today. Co-chaired…
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