Background Objectives

This will set the stage for the Conference, including its rationale, objectives and intended outcomes. The floor will be given to eminent personalities who will provide a range of views on the ocean economy and climate change in Africa.

The Conference builds on four major milestone events of 2015: 

  • 3rd International Conference on Financing for Development (Addis-Ababa, July 2015): The Addis Ababa Accord Agenda which refers to oceans, climate change and financing was adopted by Heads of States and provides a key political mandate to finance the SDGs. It complements also on the African Union’ Agenda 2063 “The Africa We Want” and “African Decade of the Seas” to develop the blue economy concept as a vital part of the future development.
  • UN Summit to adopt the Agenda 2030 on Sustainable Development (UNGA, September 2015): Specific SDGs on Oceans and Climate Change were adopted by the United Nations General Assembly.
  • Indian Ocean Rim Blue Economy Ministerial (Mauritius, September 2015): Adoption of the Mauritius Declaration on the Blue Economy by Ministers. Countries were encouraged to allocate and ensure the availability of sufficient funding to promote the blue economy.
  • UNFCCC COP21 (Paris, December 2015): The Paris Agreement as well as outcomes of the Oceans Day/Oceans Forum, welcomed the commitment of countries through their Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs). Many countries, including from Africa, recognized the need for climate-smart ocean economies. The Paris Agreement mentions noted “the importance of ensuring the integrity of all ecosystems, including oceans.” At the margins of COP21, the World Bank launched its Africa Climate Business Plan (ACBP) at COP21. A World Bank Group Climate Change Action Plan was also adopted in March 2016. The ACBP called for strong business and finance plans to help Africa build and enhance resilience in the development of its ocean economy. The WBG Climate Change Action Plan commits to promoting “climate-proof fisheries management”.

Expected Action:

Representatives of Mauritius, Togo, FAO and the World Bank will provide opening statements on the context and expectations for the Conference.

Documentation

AU Lomé Summit on Maritime Security and Safety and Development on October 15:
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AU Agenda 2063 “The Africa We Want”:
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AU 2050 Africa’s Integrated Maritime Strategy:
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Australia Maritime Nation Strategy:
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EU Blue Growth Strategy:
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Mauritius Roadmap and plans for the ocean economy:
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Sweden Maritime Strategy:
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UN Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development:
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UNEP Blue Economy: Sharing Success Stories to Inspire Change:
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UNFCCC Paris Agreement:
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WAVES Managing coasts with natural solutions – Guidelines for measuring and valuing the coastal protection services of mangroves and coral reefs:
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World Bank Africa Climate Business Plan:
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World Bank Group Climate Change Action Plan:
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