Blue Economy Conference underway in Nairobi

The Cabinet Secretary- Ministry of Education, Ambassador (Dr.) Amina Mohamed officially opens the Science and Research Symposium at the Blue Economy Conference

The Sustainable Blue Economy Conference officially kicked off at the Kenyatta International Convention Center and the University of Nairobi.

Participants from around the globe are in Nairobi from November 26 to 28, 2018 to learn and exchange ideas on harnessing the potential of oceans, seas, lakes and rivers to improve people’s lives.

The conference has a wide range of side events on all facets of the blue economy. At the University of Nairobi, the side events include; the Maritime Security Forum, the Diaspora Forum, the Science and Research Symposium, the Civil Society Forum and the Youth Forum. At the Great Court, main campus, various organizations are showcasing projects in line with the area of focus. In addition, UNDP Kenya and Kenya Film Commission have set up a film and photo exhibition that captures the status of the blue economy in Kenya.

The University was privileged to host the Cabinet Secretary- Ministry of Education, Ambassador (Dr.) Amina Mohamed in the Blue Economy Conference luncheon who underscored the role science and research plays in building a sustainable blue economy.

“Science and research are needed in order to ensure maintenance of the delicate balance between the economic, social, and environmental dimensions of sustainable development in relation to oceans is maintained,” she said. “We must exercise care in the use of these resources sustainably. The world expects guidance from experts gathered here and looks forward to outcomes that will guide future actions in this important sector of the global economy.”

The Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Peter Mbithi, said that the sustainable exploitation of blue economy resources requires the active participation of all stakeholders.

“It is time to explore innovative mechanisms to promote sustainable exploitation of our blue economy, as the world is changing rapidly, more so with the 4th industrial revolution,” explained Prof. Mbithi. “As a critical mass, and given the emergence of revolutionizing technologies, science and research contributions to blue economy innovations and best practices will help advance national-level development visions and long-term global development agenda through partnerships, peace and solidarity.”

Present at the luncheon was the Prof. Collete Suda, Chief Administrative Secretary and Principal Secretary, University Education and Research, Prof. Micheni Ntiba, Principal Secretary, State Department for Fisheries and Blue Economy, UoN Chancellor, Dr. Vijoo Rattansi, members of the UoN Council led by the Chairperson, Prof. Julia Ojiambo, Vice-Chancellors from Kenyan Universities and representatives from local and international organizations.

The Sustainable Blue Economy Conference is the first global conference on the sustainable blue economy. The  participants from around the world have come together to learn how to build a blue economy that harnesses the potential of the oceans, seas, lakes and rivers to improve the lives of all, particularly people in developing states, women, youth and indigenous peoples.

The conference will explore how countries can leverage on the latest innovations, scientific advances and best practices to build prosperity while conserving our waters for future generations.

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