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First Sustainable Blue Economy Conference held in Nairobi, Kenya



Sustainable Blue Economy Conference held in Nairobi, Kenya: Theme, Details, Highlights

The first Sustainable Blue Economy Conference was held in Nairobi, capital of Kenya. It was organized by Kenya and co-hosted by Japan and Canada.

The theme of this Sustainable Blue Economy Conference  was ‘The Blue Economy and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.’

The Sustainable Blue Economy Conference was held on the momentum of UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, 2015 Climate Change Conference in Paris and UN Ocean Conference 2017 ‘Call to Action. Over 17,000 plus participants from some 184 countries had participated in the conference.

India was represented Union Minister for Shipping, Road Transport & Highways, Water Resources, River Development, and Ganga Rejuvenation Nitin Gadkari.

Other entities who participated in this conference are World Wildlife Fund, WWF; International Maritime Organization, IMO; International Seabed Authority, ISA;  world Bank; AFRIEXIMBANK; Ocean Foundation etc.


Blue Economy is an economic benefit and value that is realized from Earth’s coastal and marine environment. Sustainable Blue Economy is a marine-based economy that provides social and economic benefits for current and future generations, restores, protects and maintains diversity, productivity, and resilience of marine ecosystems. It is also based on clean technologies, renewable energy, and circular material flows.

Blue Economy is very crucial for India’s economic development. India has a strategic location in Indian Ocean region (IOR), and on this basis, it endorses growth of Blue Economy in a sustainable, inclusive and people-centered manner through the framework of Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA).



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