Thursday, 8 June 2017
1:15 – 2:30 PM
Conference Room 6, UN HQ
Hosted by the Government of Sweden
About the event
A central challenge in the effort to achieve sustainable development concerns how to balance needs for economic development with measures to ensure social and environmental sustainability in the continuum from “source-to-sea”. There are linkages between sustainable management of freshwater systems, sanitation, land use, urban development and climate change with the health of our oceans that points to the importance of coordinating management efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) across sectors and administrative boarders.
This side event will showcase experiences from industrialized as well as developing regions on the governance and management of resource flows from “source-to-sea”. The ambition is to learn how nations and regional organisations can support the implementation of source-to-sea measures in a broader economic perspective to achieve SDG 14. Recommendations that can be taken onboard by governments, private sector and other actors to reach the SDG 14, implementing a system perspective from source-to-sea at the national and regional levels, will be identified.
The event will be chaired and moderated by Dr. Jakob Granit, Director General, Swedish Agency for Marine and Water Management (SwAM).
A light lunch will be served at 12:45 pm outside the conference room.
1:15 pm – 1:25 pm Opening Remarks
Setting the scene: Dr. Jakob Granit, Director General, SwAM
Welcome address: Mr. Raj Mohabeer, Officer in Charge: Economic Affairs Department, Indian Ocean Commission (IOC)
1:25 pm – 2:05 pm Keynote speakers
Sweden – H.E. Karolina Skog, Minister for the Environment
Germany – H.E. Dr. Barbara Hendricks, Federal Minister for Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety
Republic of Seychelles – H.E. Didier Dogley, Minister of Environment, Energy & Climate Change
Jamaica – The Honourable Daryl Vaz, Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation with responsibility for Land, Environment, Climate Change and Investments
Fiji – H.E. Inia Seruiratu, Minister for Agriculture, Rural & Maritime Development & National Disaster Management
Republic of South Africa – H.E. Edna Molewa, Minister of Environmental Affairs
2:05 pm – 2:30 pm Keynote address, technical reflections and discussion
Keynote address: Dr. Naoko Ishii, CEO and Chairperson for the Global Environment Facility (GEF)
· How can the international community support source-to-sea efforts supporting sustainable economic growth reaching SDG 14?
· How can regional cooperation be built and sustained to successfully achieve coordinated management from source-to-sea?
· What type of institutions are needed at the national level to achieve a sustainable blue economy addressing key flows in the continuum from
Mr. Carl Gustaf Lundin, IUCN
Mr. Torkil Jonch Clausen, Action Platform on Source to Sea Management
Ms. Emma Nohrén, Swedish Green Party
Dr. Jakob Granit, SwAM
More information and full programme: https://www.havochvatten.se/en/swam/eu--international/the-ocean-conference/side-event/program.html
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