Canada en route to co-host first global sustainable blue economy conference next week

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November 23, 2018

Ottawa, Ontario – The Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, the Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, will co-host of the Sustainable Blue Economy Conference in Nairobi, Kenya from November 26-28.

The conference, hosted by Kenya, Canada and Japan, will focus on:

  • creating sustainable economic growth;
  • ensuring healthy and clean waters; and
  • building safe and resilient coastal communities.

This is the first international conference on the sustainable blue economy. Well over 10,000 participants from around the world will learn from each other how to build a prosperous and sustainable blue economy that benefits all.  

Canada has the longest coastline in the world. But it is Small Island Developing States (SIDS) that are the most vulnerable to effects of climate change on the ocean. This is why Canada is enabling participation from SIDS, with a particular emphasis on women, to the conference.

A successful sustainable blue economy is an inclusive one. Minister Wilkinson will lead a delegation of Canadian businesses, scientists, entrepreneurs, national organizations, and representatives from Indigenous groups looking to partner and advance the prosperous, inclusive and sustainable use of our oceans, seas, lakes and rivers.

In Nairobi, Minister Wilkinson will be joined by the Permanent Representative of Canada to the United Nations, Ambassador Marc-André Blanchard and Canada’s High Commissioner to Kenya, Ambassador Lisa Stadelbauer.