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High-Level Side Event on Blue Economy

As a follow-up to the vision that was upheld during the hosting of the first-ever Sustainable Blue Economy Conference by Canada, Japan and Kenya in November 2018, an investment-driven dialogue is being held on the sidelines of the commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the founding of UNEP, to be held in Nairobi, Kenya from 3–4 March 2022.

Take part in the event by clicking here at 3pm EAT on 3 March 2022.

3 March 2022 at 15:00 EAT

ending at 19:00 EAT

Nairobi, Kenya and Online
Part of the editorial team of SBEC attending a post book launch dinner

Part of the Science, Research and Innovation for Harnessing the Blue Economy  Publication Editorial Team, led by Prof. Micheni Ntiba, Chief Administrative Secretary in the State Law Office, and Dr. Francis Owino, Principal Secretary, State Department for Fisheries, Aquaculture & the Blue Economy attending a post-book launch gathering in Nairobi in December 2021. Photo: Lawrence Nzuve / SEI.

Turning scientific knowledge into actionable investment opportunities for sustainable harnessing of the full potential of Ocean and Blue economy resources remains a critical priority of sustainable development. Directly implicated is Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 14 to conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development and all other SDGs that indirectly have a water and ocean dimension and their associated targets and indicators.

The broad objective of the dialogue is to have conversations aimed at transforming scientific knowledge and research into actionable business and investment opportunities and the policy environment to facilitate this transformation that can in turn benefit the ocean and other blue economy-dependent nations and communities.


Moderator: Joe Ageyo

1400-1500hrs: Arrivals and registration

Opening session

1500-1530hrs: Welcome remarks by the Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture Livestock Fisheries and Cooperatives, Kenya

Opening statement by the Minister for Climate and the Environment, Sweden

Background briefing/Report card on Kenya’s leadership with Sustainable Blue Economy Conference by the Principal Secretary –  State Department for Fisheries, Aquaculture and Blue Economy (SDFA&BE) -Kenya

Signature statements

1530-1540hrs: Status update on SDG 14. Focus on the maritime sector by the principal secretary of the State Department of Shipping and Maritime, Kenya

Africa’s Blue Economy Promise by the Commissioner for Agriculture, Rural Development, Blue Economy and Sustainable Environment of the African Union (AU)

Panel reflections: “From science and knowledge to investment actions”

1540-1610hrs: National experiences in blue economy investments – blue bonds by Seychelles (government public sector representative)

Moving from research to policy and investments – experiences from West Indian Ocean by the Western Indian Ocean Marine Science Association (WIOMSA) (academia/science)

Financing the Blue Economy by Prof. Felix Dodds, University of North Carolina, USA

Multilateralism in blue economy Norway (development partner)

The UN Ocean Decade Alliance IOC-UNESCO (UN agency)

Plenary responses

1610-1620hrs: All

Leadership commitment statements


Launch of SBEC science and research symposium “book of abstracts”

1635-1655hrs: UNEP@50 Celebratory Statement by UNEP Executive Director

Launch of Sustainable Blue Economy Conference (SBEC) Research and Science Symposium “Book of Abstracts” and the “Science, Research and Innovation for Harnessing the Blue Economy” by the Principal Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Kenya; and Members of the Diplomatic Corps.

Photo session

1655-1705hrs: ALL

Official communique and closure

1705-1710hrs: Communique statement by the Chief Administrative Secretary – Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, Kenya

Official reception

1710-1800hrs: Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI)

Event link

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Summary of the launch event

A summary of the High-Level Side Event on Blue Economy

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