Sustainable Blue Economy Conference Nairobi, Kenya

World leaders are beginning to recognize the enormous pressures facing our oceans and waters, from plastic pollution to the adverse impacts of climate change. At the same time, governments are committed to develop marine-related economies in an inclusive and sustainable manner for the benefit of all. It is in this context that the Kenyan government is hosting the Sustainable Blue Economy Conference. This high-level, global conference will bring together about 4,000 participants to identify the economic benefits of healthy waters and capture donors' commitment to help the world transition to a blue economy.

Media are invited as part of the World Bank's long-term engagement with media to promote transparency, good governance, and sustainability as coastal countries embrace the blue economy. The World Bank will contribute to various sessions to:

bull; present its blue economy portfolio of $4.1 billion including projects ranging from implementing large regional fisheries programs in Africa and the Pacific, to tackling all sources of marine pollution, protecting critical marine habitats and supporting coastal development worldwide.

bull; showcase its role in building the resilience of coastal communities; and

bull; announce its commitment to raise USD$3 billion through the Ocean and Freshwater Bonds to support coastal livelihoods.

WHAT: Sustainable Blue Economy Conference

WHO: Government of Kenya, the World Bank and other Partners

DATE: Monday, November 26 - Wednesday, November 28, 2018

WHERE: Kenyatta International Convention Centre (KICC)

MEDIA ACCREDITATION: http://www.BlueEconomyConference.go.ke/Media-accreditation/

RSVP: Keziah Muthembwa, +254 722 295334; kmuthembwa@worldbank.org and Seck, +1 202 491 7325, mseck@worldbank.org

Source: The World Bank Group

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