Forward Thinkers: Webinar Series 2021

This webinar series is designed for forward-thinkers:  decision-makers from the policy level, civil society, science, and business. We are sharing and discussing existing and proven policy solutions to tackle the world’s most urgent challenges: climate change, loss of ecosystems, the food crisis, rights of children and youth, protection from hazardous chemicals and peace and disarmament.

Grown from the conviction that solutions for the most essential challenges to humanity’s future exist, Forward Thinkers Webinars highlight awarded exemplary policy solutions of the Future Policy Award – and beyond. The presented solutions contribute to the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals. Councillors of the World Future Council and Winners of the Future Policy Award will share their insights and expertise. The webinars will go alongside UN international days, taking place Thursdays around international UN days.

Launched in 2007, the World Future Council works to pass on a healthy planet and just societies to our children and grandchildren with a focus on identifying and spreading effective, future-just policy solutions.

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Thursday 3 June 2021

Preserving Diversity: Protecting 30 % of the oceans by 2030

June 8 is World Oceans Day, the United Nations day for celebrating the role of the oceans in our everyday life and inspiring action to protect the ocean and use marine resources sustainably. This webinar will explain the global situation, present possible solutions and explain why we need to protect large parts of the marine environment.

According to numerous scientists, at least 30 % of the oceans must be protected by 2030. Most fishing grounds are already overfished, many species of shark and even the large tuna species, such as the bluefin tuna, are almost extinct. Climate change is accelerating the extinction of these species.
To set an example, a number of states have now joined forces to form the Global Ocean Alliance (GOA). They are promoting the 30 % by 2030 target. The webinar will present the Future Policy Award winner: The Philippines’ Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park Act. This reef is a hotspot of coral reef biodiversity.

Additionally, the webinar addresses the need for a High Seas Treaty which must be created within the framework of the international “Law of the Sea“ (UNCLOS). It can provide the framework for such marine protected areas, among other things. There is a clear mandate from the United Nations for such a convention. The World Future Council is working actively on such a High Seas Treaty together with a number of other international environmental organisations.

The webinar is part of the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration, which aims to accelerate action for the protection and restoration of ecosystems all around the world, for the benefit of people and nature.


  • Sophie Mirgaux, Special Envoy for the Ocean, Belgium (confirmed)
  • Johan Strid, Director of The Ocean Race Summits (confirmed)
  • Ralf Sonntag, Senior Advisor, World Future Council: Protecting 30 percent of our oceans by 2030 (confirmed)
  • Raina Ivanova, Climate Activist; Youth:Present representative; Member of Heirs To Our Ocean (invited)
  • Moderator: Anna Oposa, Executive Director, Save Philippines Seas, Philippines, Councillor, World Future Council (confirmed)

Thursday, 3 June 2021 | 11am CEST | 1.5 hours | Free Admission

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