NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 29 – Eight Statements of Intent were declared at the end of the first Global Sustainable Blue Economy Conference in Nairobi.
The statements dubbed The Nairobi Statement of Intent on Advancing Global Sustainable Blue Economy are needed action plans on how to promote a sustainable Blue Economy around the globe.
Kenya’s Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Monica Juma says the statement will be used as a reference point on future action plans.
The statements highlighted include strengthening science and research, mobilizing finances through public and private sectors participation, sustainable partnerships on Blue Economy, as well as promoting role of women in position of leadership among others.
The global leaders also plan to share innovations, technologies and best practices and experiences within and across regions and promoting synergies between local and national authorities.
“The Nairobi Statement of Intent on advancing global sustainable blue economy will promote economic activities in blue economy sectors,” she said.
Some of the commitments made by Global economies during the conference include, Norway’s $200 million commitment for development of initiatives to combat marine litter and micro plastics for the next four years.
Namibia allocated $5 million for marine protection and research, while Mozambique committed to restore mangrove forests to 5,000 hectares by 2023.
On Technical Assistance and Capacity Building, Kenya committed to training 5000 graduate seafarers through The University of Nairobi in partnerships with Global shipping lines as well as establishing the University of Nairobi institute for Blue Economy and Ocean Studies.
Java House Africa also committed to plastic-free services in all its establishments.
“With collective determination, and building on efforts at the local, national and international levels, the global community can intensify investments and harness the full potential of the oceans, seas, lakes and rivers to accelerate economic growth, create jobs and Fight poverty,” said Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister for Fisheries, Oceans and Canadian Coast Guards.
Over 16, 000 delegates from 184 countries attended the conference with about 62 corporate commitments made during the conference.
“Managing oceans, lakes and seas is complex and it requires us all to put long-term common interests above short-term self-interest. Failing that, our waters could easily become the tragedy of the commons of the 21st century,” President Uhuru Kenyatta said in his closing remarks.