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World Ocean Day 2021 - The Blue Reset: Building resilient and equitable ocean-based economies post-COVID

This high-level Commonwealth virtual event celebrates World Ocean Day, highlighting how protecting the health of the ocean and coastal communities is critical to national and international economic recovery. Government and private sector leaders will speak on their challenges and experiences resetting and rebuilding equitable resilient ocean economies.

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The Blue Reset

The COVID-19 pandemic is a stark reminder of the interconnectivity of nature and humanity on this planet. Like many natural environments, the ocean economy, which contributes approximately $1.5 trillion annually to the global economy, was particularly hard hit by the pandemic. The links between ocean-based sectors and land-based economies mean that these impacts have had widespread economic and social repercussions.

The pandemic has also offered an unprecedented opportunity to press the ‘blue reset’ to ensure a sustainable and equitable blue recovery so that people and the ocean can thrive for years to come. Discussions will also focus on how the Commonwealth Blue Charter can support post-COVID recovery.

Agenda

1300 - 1305

Introduction and housekeeping

Dr Nicholas Hardman-Mountford FMBA, Head of Oceans and Natural Resources - Trade, Commonwealth Secretariat

1305 - 1310

 

Welcome and Opening Remarks

Rt Hon. Patricia Scotland QC, Secretary-General of the Commonwealth

1310 - 1315

Special Address

His Excellency Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, President of the Republic of Maldives

1315 - 1350

Roundtable Discussion –

The Rt Hon Lord Zac Goldsmith, Minister for Pacific and the Environment, United Kingdom

Hon. Kirk D. M. Humphrey, Minister of Maritime Affairs and the Blue Economy, Barbados

Hon. Bernadette Jordan, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guar

Mr Josh Thomas, CEO Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, Australia

Rt Hon. Patricia Scotland QC, Secretary-General of the Commonwealth

1350-1400

Mr Lewis Pugh, Lewis Pugh Foundation

1400 - 1405

Ms Patricia E. Harris, CEO, Bloomberg Philanthropies

1405 - 1410

Ms Josheena Naggea Commonwealth Youth Voice

1410 - 1415

Closing remarks

Speakers:

  • Rt Hon. Patricia Scotland QC, Secretary-General of the Commonwealth
  • His Excellency Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, President of the Republic of Maldives
  • Hon. Kirk D. M. Humphrey, Minister of Maritime Affairs and the Blue Economy, Barbados
  • Hon. Bernadette Jordan, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard
  • The Rt Hon Lord Zac Goldsmith, Minister for Pacific and the Environment, United Kingdom
  • Josh Thomas, CEO, Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, Australia
  • Patricia E. Harris, CEO, Bloomberg Philanthropies
  • Lewis Pugh OIG, Endurance swimmer and UN Patron of the Oceans 
  • Josheena Naggea, Doctoral candidate at Stanford University and Commonwealth Youth voice

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