NEW YORK, Sep 26 – The Global Sustainable Blue Economy conference scheduled for November 26-28 in Nairobi has received a major boost with speakers expressing commitment to fully participate during a side event at the 73rd United Nations General Assembly.
The event was attended by several ministers, delegations from UN member states, heads of various UN agencies and international organizations, private sector, academia and Civil Society Organizations.
Different speakers lauded Kenya for showing leadership and demonstrating commitment to the world on how to build a Blue Economy with Japan indicating they will partner with Kenya and Canada to ensure the success of the first global conference that seeks to build on the momentum of the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Monica Juma expressed her gratitude to Canada for co-hosting the conference and organizing the side event.
She said the upcoming Global Sustainable Blue Economy Conference is intended to contribute towards the realization of international commitments including the adopted Sendai Framework on Disaster and Risks Reduction, the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the SDGs, and the Paris Climate Agreement among other key global instruments.
She said the Nairobi conference will focus on unlocking the full productive potential of our waters.
“The two-pronged approach is critical because past conferences have paid little attention to productivity, which has a direct bearing on the conservation efforts,” Amb Juma said.
She underscored the importance of the conference, saying that it is dedicated to realizing the untapped potential found in our oceans, seas, lakes and rivers; and focus on integrating economic development, social inclusion and sustainability which promotes a blue economy that is Prosperous, Inclusive and Sustainable.
CS Juma welcomed participants to make the Nairobi conference worthy through sharing experiences, expertise and innovations that will shape conversation and transition to the blue economy.
Present at the meeting were, Canadian Ministers for Environment and Climate change Hon. Catherine Mckenna and her counterpart Hon. James Gordon Carr, Minister for International Trade and Diversification.