Waves of Change


United States

About Us

Modern threats of climate change, coastal vulnerability and endangered ecosystems have put our arctic and marine environments, as well as our own existence, in great peril. Because of these dangers, we are now confronted with one of the most serious environmental challenges of our time: global warming and an impending ocean crisis.

The International Ocean Institute's 32nd Pacem in Maribus (Peace in the Oceans) conference, Waves of Change , will break new ground by empowering women and youth to promote the peaceful and sustainable use of marine resources and sound ocean governance. The conference will bring together key and influential stakeholders including representatives from government, NGOs and educational institutions to develop new approaches, effective solutions and actionable outcomes at overcoming ocean threats.

The conference will be organized around three-themed tracks with relevance to women, youth and ocean sustainability and will feature in-depth breakout sessions and hands-on workshops:

1. The State of the Ocean: Current Challenges and Future Prospects 2. Involvement of Women and Youth within the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) 3. New Solidarities for Sustainable Ocean Governance

Conference highlights include:

Underwater Film Festival Women's Caucus on the Oceans and Climate Change Youth Ocean Parliament Launching of the Waves of Change Campaign We welcome you to join us in the heart of the Mediterranean this Fall for this ground-breaking and global conference. More importantly, we invite you to help preserve our ocean heritage by taking part in the Waves of Change towards a better future.

For more information, the latest program and to register, visit: www.thewavesofchange.org .

Supported by: Quiksilver Foundation | Lighthouse Foundation | IOC-UNESCO | United Nations University-EHS | World Ocean Network | Flemish Government | Bank of Valetta | NAUSICAA Antinea Foundation | IMarEST