Jamaica News: Africa a very rich continent is hosting a historic conference that has to do with environmental protection. The African Union #Agenda2063 targets in related to the Blue Economy can be indirectly discussed at this first ever conference. The largest sectors of the current African aquatic and ocean-based economy are fisheries, aquaculture, tourism, transport, ports, coastal mining and energy.
The first ever Sustainable Blue Conference starts today in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi and is jointly organised by Canada, Japan and Kenya. The main theme of the Conference is “The Blue Economy and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”.
This major event will primarily;
- Identify how to harness the potential of the blue economy to create jobs and combat poverty and hunger.
Show how economic development and healthy waters go hand in hand.
Capture commitments and practical actions that can be taken today.
Bring together the players needed to transition to a blue economy
The Blue Economy is the economic benefit and value we realize from the Earth’s coastal and marine environment. This is very important for the growth and development of most nations. It must be noted that the Blue economy mainly contributes largely to Caribbean countries budget through its financial benefit from areas such as tourism and agriculture which the Caribbean is highly dependent on.
The conference will also help to “Harness the potential of our oceans, seas, lakes and rivers to improve the lives of all, particularly people in developing states, women, youth and Indigenous peoples.” If we want to achieve a sustainable world by 2030 then it important for us to look into the benefits of the blue economy.
Jamaica is represented at the event by the Honourable Senator Pearnel Charles Jr, Miniter of State within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade.
By Mario Galbert
Mckoy’s News Journalist- International & Business Affairs