Our aim is to connect all stakeholders through a transformative blue economy, as this is critical for a sustainable future.
The ocean is the main life source of our planet, and it is vital for human well-being and a thriving global economy. The sustainable blue economy must therefore shift from the model of simple resource extraction and depletion that has defined the last century and transition to a circular and inclusive economic model.
According to the HighLevel Panel for a Sustainable Blue Economy, “building a sustainable ocean economy is one of the most important tasks and greatest opportunities of our time. It is critical to achieving the goals of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and it is vital if we are to emerge from current and future crises with stronger economies, healthier people and more resilient communities.”
The Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 14 of the Agenda 2030 aims at conserving and using the ocean, seas and marine resources for sustainable development. It sets targets for reducing marine pollution, reducing ocean acidification, regulating fishing, including harvesting, overfishing and IUU fishing, to restore fish stocks, creating marine protected areas, or increasing the economic benefits of Small Island Developing States (SIDS), developing countries and least developed countries (LDCs).
To accomplish this greater good, the gap between available resources and projects, that can leverage this goal, must be narrowed. As the United Nations Secretary General (UNSG) stated, it is time to go from words to action. We believe that the SBEIF will bring a firm contribution in achieving this approach.
One of the main objectives of the Forum is to launch a process for designing the blue economy’s sustainable framework global standard, to be used in financial instruments, investment decisions and business.
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