Accelerating Ocean Sustainability Upstream


High-Level Working Dialogue

to map, connect and advance upstream inputs to the sustainable ocean economy

Monaco — 27 March 2019

The Acceleration Dialogues are a series of high-level diplomatic dialogues, co-convened since October 2015 by Citizens’ Climate and the International Center for Dialogue and Peacebuilding, with technical support from the Geoversiv Foundation, in collaboration with the Norwegian Nobel Institute.

  • The first dialogue led to publication of an outline of climate-related economic and investment opportunity.
  • Subsequent dialogues have explored critical challenges toward achieving macro-critically resilient economies.
  • The common theme is how to ensure investment secures a healthy relationship between human activity and Earth’s life-support systems.
  • Through the work of this series, the goal was set to achieve 100% climate-smart finance, through the Resilience Intel initiative.

Thematic Focus

Mapping Upstream Investments in the Sustainable Ocean Economy

Ocean resilience starts upstream. The challenge of solving climate change and achieving sustainable development for the long-term, for all nations, demands we build an economy that is capable of securing ocean health and resilience — a blue economy. 

Given the need to shift investment in all sectors toward ocean-smart practices, this high-level dialogue will explore ways in which sustainability-focused investment in upstream activities — industry, agriculture, waste management, transport, energy — will contribute to the growth of a sustainable ocean economy. By mapping connections between upstream actions and downstream resilience, we aim to advance the discovery and deployment of new financial resources and innovation options for securing the health and resilience of ocean ecosystems. 

A critical outcome will be to widen the scope of discussions about investment in the blue economy to encompass all elements of business, finance, and relevant policy. The ocean-affecting industries and areas of innovation to be explored include: 

  • Chemical processing and refining
  • Manufacturing
  • Waste management
  • Agriculture and land use
  • Ecosystem stewardship
  • Infrastructure design and urbanization
  • Energy production
  • Transportation

We will be inviting key leaders in government, science and innovation, business and investment, and international agencies, to join this discussion from the critical perspectives that allow for mapping the upstream sustainable ocean economy influences outlined above.

Challenge Questions

The dialogue will address four major systemic and technical challenge questions: 

  1. Which measurable ocean impacts can be traced from which high-value actions on land?
  2. Which existing or emerging tools and techniques will expand the traceability of upstream causes of downstream impacts?
  3. Which existing or emerging financing models will do the most to steer investment to activities that have a positive impact on ocean sustainability?
  4. How can we connect tools, metrics, innovations, and emerging insights to connect these distinct sectors to new areas of ocean-smart value creation? 

Emerging insights will be carried forward into a series of follow-up Acceleration Dialogues, and will inform the Resilience Intel climate-smart finance initiative as well as structured guidance to the U.N. Secretary-General’s Climate Summit in September 2019. 



The Dialogue will take place at the Oceanographic Museum of Monaco, during Monaco Ocean Week, and is by invitation only. (If you would like to express interest in attenting, please use the form at the bottom of the page.)

The agenda will run as follows:

  • 9:00 am — Coffee and Registration
  • 9:30 am — Start of Moderated Discussion
  • 10:30 am — Short break
  • 10:45 am — Second half of Moderated Discussion
  • 11:45 am — End of Dialogue

Outcomes & Follow-up

The major challenge questions and ocean-related follow-up from this dialogue connect to Geoversiv’s Ocean Health and Resilience program, the Ocean Neutrality Initiative, and the wider work taking place through the Acceleration Dialogues.


We aim to connect the outcomes of this dialogue to already existing processes of negotiation and innovation, including:

  • The Global Commission on Adaptation
  • The High-Level Panel for a Sustainable Ocean Economy
  • The Stockholm Food Forum and related food system transformation work
  • The 2019 UN Secretary-General’s Climate Summit
  • The UNFCCC mid-year negotiations and COP25
  • The World Bank / IMF Spring Meetings and Annual Meetings
  • The Resilience Intel climate-smart finance information service


Interest in Attending

Please let us know if you would like to receive an invitation to this event. Please also note: space is limited.





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About The CCEN Team

The Citizens’ Climate Engagement Network is a global framework to support and expand direct citizen and stakeholder engagement in the intergovernmental climate negotiating process. It emerged from the Pathway to Paris project—with the support of Citizens’ Climate Education and Citizens’ Climate Lobby, in collaboration with the UN Millennium Campaign and the World We Want platform—and launched at the COP21 in Paris. The CCEN has produced a Talanoa Dialogue Engagement Toolkit, to ensure that every person everywhere is welcome to participate in the shift to a thriving climate future.