INVITATION TO THE SUSTAINABLE BLUE ECONOMY CONFERENCE- DIASPORA SIDE EVENT: NOVEMBER 26, 2018 IN NAIROBI, KENYA

Kenya in collaboration with Canada will be hosting the Global Sustainable Blue Economy Conference from 26th to 28th November 2018 at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre (KICC) in Nairobi, Kenya.

This will be the first-ever global conference of its kind convened to discuss the productive and sustainability pillars as a contribution towards the achievement of the 2030 Agenda and SDGs. Participation will be drawn from all Member States, UN Agencies, Multilateral Development Banks, Regional Economic Communities, International Organizations, Civil Societies, Private Sector, among others engaged in blue economy development.

The main theme is Blue Economy and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development broken down into nine distinct but mutually reinforcing sub-themes. Indeed, oceans, seas, lakes, and rivers provide vital resources that contribute to economic growth, poverty alleviation, job creation, food security, and carbon sequestration among others.

Harnessing blue economy resources sustainably depends on ensuring that the economic, social and cultural activities around each sub-sector are mutually reinforcing in preserving the capacity and vitality of the oceans, seas, rivers, and lakes. All stakeholders are called upon to play their role to contribute to the achievement of a sustainable maritime sector and the Diaspora has a crucial role to play in unleashing the huge potential of this sector for socio-economic transformation.

The Interim National Diaspora Council of Kenya (NADICOK) in conjunction with the Diaspora and Consular Affairs Directorate, the University of Nairobi and the United States International University- Africa will organize a side event on the “Contribution of Diaspora to sustainable Blue Economy for National Development and International Solidarity” in November 26, 2018 at the University of Nairobi. The events output will be a Diaspora Blue Plan of Action that could be considered and adopted by Diaspora stakeholders to enhance the role of Diaspora for national development and global solidarity. The Kenya Diaspora in the UK is, therefore, requested to consider attending the side event. All confirmations and correspondences can be forwarded though: diaspora@blueeconomyconference.go.ke

for the Diaspora Event’s Concept Note.