The Government of The Netherlands, in close collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the World Bank and the Governments of Grenada, Indonesia, Mauritius, Norway, the United States of America, is pleased to announce that this Global Oceans Action Summit for Food Security and Blue Growth will now take place in The Hague, The Netherlands from 22 to 25 April, 2014 at the World Forum conference centre.
Healthy oceans are essential for global food security, livelihoods and economic growth. The oceans cover some 72 per cent of the Earth’s surface, and are both an engine for global economic growth and a key source of food security. The world faces one of the biggest challenges of the 21st century: how to feed 9 billion people by 2050 in the face of climate change, economic and financial uncertainty and the growing competition for natural resources. These multiple challenges require an integrated response and an urgent transition of the world economy towards a sustainable, inclusive and resource efficient path. Ocean health and productivity must be at the heart of global efforts to eradicate poverty, strengthen food security and build resistance to climate change.