Virtual Ocean Dialogues: Nourishing Billions


The "Nourishing Billions" Dialogue is part of the Virtual Ocean Dialogues programme, convened by the World Economic Forum’s Friends of Ocean Action. 

The World Economic Forum and the Friends of Ocean Action are hosting the Virtual Ocean Dialogues on an exciting 5-day series from 1-5 June 2020

The "Nourishing Billions" Dialogue on 3-4 June 2020 at 11:00 PM - 12:15 AM (UTC+8) will feature WorldFish’s Global Research Leader for Value Chains and Nutrition, Shakuntala Thilsted, who will be lending her expertise in nutrition-sensitive fish agri-food systems. 

She will be joined by renowned experts, including President of Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), Agnes Matilda Kalibata, Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), Dongyu Qu, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Food Security and Nutrition, David Nabarro and Director of Center on Food Security and the Environment at Stanford University, Rosamond Naylor.

Check your local times here. To access the webinars you need to follow the 2 step process below:

  1. You must register on the World Economic Forum Virtual Ocean Dialogues site here: 
  2. You will then receive an invitation email from titled Invitation - Virtual Ocean Dialogues 2020. Follow the instructions in that email. It will take you through a Toplink platform until a window confirming your final registration appears.

Context of the event: 

Currently, around a billion people rely on fish as their main source of animal proteins while many others also gain nutritional benefit from fish and other aquatic foods such as seaweed, algae and shellfish. Meanwhile, approximately 10-12% of the world’s population rely on fish for their livelihoods, including fishers and aquaculture workers and their dependents. Yet all of this is under considerable threat with widespread overfishing, fish stocks at critical levels and the uncertain impacts of climate change. As demand grows, an even greater strain will be placed on ocean food systems

On top of this, much progress is still to be made to address socio-economic challenges within aquatic food value chains, the impacts of which are often felt most by poor and vulnerable communities. The good news is that a healthy and regenerative Ocean, relying on carefully managed fishing and sustainable aquaculture, could have the potential to produce six times more food than it does today while, at the same time, creating sustainable economic growth and jobs

This virtual, interactive session will provide an overview of why aquatic food is so important in nourishing billions of people. It will showcase solutions that are being developed to overcome the challenges of meeting nutritional needs from aquatic sources in a sustainable, ethical and equitable way.

We look forward to your active participation!