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
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
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)
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.
Official communique and closure
1705-1710hrs: Communique statement by the Chief Administrative Secretary – Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, Kenya
1710-1800hrs: Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI)
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