By Hon Uhuru Kenyatta, President of the Republic of Kenya
Kenya is set to host the first ever Global High-Level Conference on the Global Sustainable Blue Economy. The conference will be held at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre, Nairobi from 26th to 28th November 2018.
In taking the bold initiative to host the Conference, my government aims at providing a global forum for contributing to and advancing global conversation on the two important pillars of the Blue Economy. These are sustainability, climate change and controlling pollution on one hand; and production, accelerated economic growth, jobs and poverty alleviation on the other.
It is my conviction that the Blue Economy presents alternatives that can augment the achievement of the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. In this regard, the conference is expected to devote considerable attention to how oceans, seas, lakes and even rivers, can accelerate our collective quest for sustainable economic growth.
The collective goal of the global community is to ensure that there is a strong foundation for the building of sustainable livelihoods. People everywhere are happier when there are more jobs and if collectively, we can say good bye to the menace of extreme poverty; particularly in the developing world. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) agenda number 1 is entirely predicated to this cause.
The Blue Economy conference will trigger important discussions around its poignant challenges which are readily recognised to include the massive pollution of our water bodies; the evident over-exploitation of water resources and their related bio-diversities, as well as the specific challenge of insecurity, more so in the high seas.
As host of this important global conference, I extend this special invitation to the global community: governments; organizations; businesses and the Private Sector in their collective, as well as to individual experts from around the globe who are in one way or the other, ceased of the urgency relating to the sustainable pursuit of the Blue Economy.
I invite you to all to come and participate; share ideas and exchange views, give direction on new knowledges, technologies and innovations and recommend long-term strategies, including experiences that can catalyse sustainable partnerships and projects in the economic, social, environmental, technological, scientific, and governance aspects of the Blue Economy.
To One and All: Welcome to Kenya and Have an Impact at the Global Sustainable Blue Economy Conference