Barcelona to host WOC headquarters, 2022 Sustainable Ocean Summit and the first Blue Finance Summit

World Ocean Council agreement with Barcelona City and Port strengthens development of global Blue Economy hub; Barcelona to Host SOS 2022 and Inaugural Global Blue Finance Summit (BlueFIN) in October.

4 May 2022

The World Ocean Council (WOC), City of Barcelona and Port of Barcelona are partnering to develop the leading global hub for the Blue Economy — which will now include the headquarters for WOC, the global Blue Economy Business and Investment Organization.

WOC’s events and activities will complement Blue Economy efforts in Barcelona and its port, as well as strengthen the city's leadership commitments. To celebrate this new partnership, Barcelona will host the Sustainable Ocean Summit (SOS) October 17-18 and the inaugural global Blue Finance Summit (BlueFIN) 19 October 2022.

Anna Majó, Innovation Director from Barcelona Activa and leader of Blue Economy strategy in the city, said that this "not only reaffirms the role of the city as a capital of the Blue Economy with a Mediterranean projection, but positions the city globally. With the impetus of the Blue Economy, Barcelona will continue to promote innovation and sustainability linked to the maritime economy, creating new economic opportunities, talent and employment for this seaside city."

Santiago Garcia-Milà, Deputy General Manager of Innovation and Business Strategy of the Port of Barcelona and former President of the International Association of Ports and Harbours (IAPH) from 2015-21, encouraged the entire port community (including more than 500 companies) to take advantage of this partnership to boost Blue Economy initiatives. "Our new Innovation Plan sets up very ambitious goals in terms of social and environmental sustainability for the Port of Barcelona," he said. "Collaboration and alliances are key. We believe the World Ocean Council headquarters at the Port area will boost cooperation within the Blue Economy ecosystem, with the Port area as its epicenter."

WOC Founder and CEO Paul Holthus stated: "We are excited and honored to be a part of Barcelona’s vision to develop the leading global Blue Economy center by hosting the WOC in this vibrant global port city. Barcelona will be the place where industry, investors and innovators meet and work to create leadership, collaboration and action in support of a healthy ocean and corporate ocean responsibility."

Since 2010, the WOC Sustainable Ocean Summit (SOS) has been the only global, multi-industry gathering developed by and for the business and investment community with a focus on ocean sustainable development. SOS 2019, with its theme of "Investing in Ocean Futures: Finance and Innovation for the Blue Economy" is the most comprehensive global Blue Finance event organized to date.

SOS 2019 gave rise to the 1st Global Blue Finance Summit (BlueFIN), to be launched in Barcelona in October. SOS and BlueFIN will continue to be held in key locations around the world, but will return to their new "home port" in Barcelona every 2-3 years.

More details on the SOS and BlueFIN venue, program and speakers to come soon.

Upcoming Events

Sustainable Ocean Summit - SOS '22

Barcelona, 17-18 October

Global Blue Finance Summit - BlueFIN '22

Barcelona, 19 October

Additional WOC Engagement

28-29 April, Seville
Seville Climate Summit - Opening Plenary Panelist, Plenary Speaker

13-14 April, Palau
Our Ocean Conference - Participant

12 April, Palau
UN Small Island Developing States Global Business Network Forum - Speaker, Moderator

4-7 April, Oslo
Nor-Shipping - Blue Talks Panel, Cross Industry Collaboration

About World Ocean Council (WOC)

The Global Blue Economy Business Organization
WOC is the international, cross-sectoral alliance for private sector leadership, collaboration and action on ocean sustainability, stewardship and science. Companies from a range of industries worldwide are distinguishing themselves as leaders in “Corporate Ocean Responsibility,” including shipping, oil and gas, tourism, fisheries, aquaculture, mining, renewable energy, ocean technology, and investment. WOC Members are part of the WOC Network of 35,000+ ocean industry stakeholders around the world. The WOC is a registered not-for-profit organization in the US and France.