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1 The blue economy: Prosperous. Inclusive. Sustainable.

2 v What is the conference? First global conference on the sustainable blue economy Dedicated to realizing the untapped potential found on our shores and in our oceans, seas, lakes & rivers Focused on integrating economic development and sustainability Will advance the UN s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development & the SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals) Will promote a blue economy which is: Prosperous. Inclusive. Sustainable. 2

3 Why the conference? To accelerate the implementation of the UN s 2030 Agenda & SDGs To address the challenges of protecting our oceans, seas, lakes & rivers To realize the potential of our waters to create jobs & combat poverty To align the blue economy with the needs of society To bring together the players from all sectors of the blue economy To encourage businesses & private sector to collaborate with governments & civil society To harness the latest technology, innovation, science & research to ignite blue growth To focus on how economic development of our waters can go hand-in-hand with sustainability 3

4 Who should participate? Participants 4,000+ participants Enabling developing states to participate Where will it take place? Heads of State & government Ministers Governors & mayors of ocean- and lake-facing cities International, regional & national organizations Universities, research institutions & innovators Business & private sector Community leaders & civil society Women, youth & Indigenous people Nairobi, at the Kenyatta International Conference Centre University of Nairobi towers When do we gather? November 26 to 28, months after UN Oceans months before UN Oceans

5 Conference Themes Main theme: The blue economy and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Cross-cutting themes: New technologies and innovations Financing the blue economy Priorities and partnerships Women, youth and the blue economy 6

6 Sub-Themes Ending hunger, securing food supplies & promoting good healthy diet & sustainable fisheries Smart shipping, ports, transportation & global connectivity Sustainable energy and mineral resources & innovative industries Management and sustaining of marine life, conservation and sustainable economic activities People, culture, communities & societies the inclusive blue economy Employment, job creation & poverty eradication and the blue economy Cities, tourism, resilient coasts and infrastructure Climate action, agriculture, waste management & pollution-free oceans Maritime safety, security & regulatory enforcement 7

7 Conference Events Opening plenary all participants, with Heads of State Concurrent main events on each sub-theme Side events on specialized topics Academic and Scientific forum on the latest academic & scientific thinking on the blue economy Global Governors and Mayors Convention to recognise interdependency & build partnerships Business forum for businesses to network & pursue investment opportunities Exhibitions trade, investment & tourism showcase for the blue economy Closing plenary 8

8 Co-host Pledge on Blue Economy by all conference participants Outcomes Pledging Board record of commitments by governments & stakeholders Strategic networks & clusters to promote the blue economy Final conference report Partnerships & joint projects across: Governments Parliaments Businesses Cities Academia Civil society All sectors 9

9 Opportunities to Contribute Participate & mobilize others to participate Become a co-host or co-sponsor Provide financial support Join the advisory committee Informal Friends of the Blue Economy Organize side events and seminars Mobilize experts and speakers for program themes Encourage the private sector & business community to participate in the events, business forum & exhibitions 11

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