Kenya will host a High-Level Conference on Sustainable Blue Economy this November.
The conference, scheduled to kick off from November 26-28, 2018 in Nairobi will see more over 4,000 participants from around the world are coming together to learn how to build a blue economy.
According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Principal Secretary Macharia Kamau, the conference follows the announcement by President Uhuru Kenyatta, during the Third Session of the United Nations Environment Assembly held in Nairobi in December 2017.
The PS said the Ministerial Conference, will provide a forum to advance the global conversation on the sustainable development of the Blue Economy.
“The Blue Economy is a new frontier for development as we move to tap into the productive capacity of our water resources and empower communities in a sustainable way as we build our economy,” said PS Macharia. He noted that historically, great civilisations and empires have been built around and through resources from lakes, rivers, seas and oceans.
The theme of the conference is Blue Economy and the 2030 agenda for Sustainable Development, will focus on new technologies and innovation for oceans, seas, lakes and rivers as well as the challenges, potential opportunities, priorities and partnerships.
The participants will among other things learn how to harnesses the potential of our oceans, seas, lakes and rivers to improve the lives of all, particularly people in developing states, women, youth and Indigenous peoples. They will also get to understand how to leverage the latest innovations, scientific advances and best practices to build prosperity while conserving our waters for future generations
“The conference presents immense opportunities for the growth of our economy especially sectors such as fisheries, tourism, maritime transport, off-shore mining among others in a way that the land economy has failed to do,” said PS Macharia.
The conference is anchored on the two conceptual pillars of: Sustainability, Climate Change and Controlling Pollution, and Production, Accelerated Economic Growth, Jobs and Poverty Alleviation.
By hosting the conference Kenya affirms its appreciation of the importance of conserving and sustainably using our oceans, seas, lakes, rivers and marine resources through enabling cooperation for shared prosperity.
President Uhuru Kenyatta has endorsed the conference on his Facebook page urging Kenyans to attend the event.
“On the 26th to 28th November 2018 in #Nairobi, #Kenya, #Canada and #Japan are co-hosting the first ever Global Conference on Sustainable Blue Economy. We will be meeting to find concrete ways to collaborate on sustainably creating the blue economies that will deliver millions of jobs and #FoodSecurity throughout the world. I look forward to seeing all of you there.” He said.
The Sustainable Blue Economy Conference is the first global conference on the sustainable blue economy.
The conference, will also capture concrete commitments and practical actions that can be taken today to help the world transition to the blue economy.