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HLPF virtual Side-Event -Unleashing the Potential of the Blue Economy
Background

The 2021 session of the HLPF will focus on the theme "Sustainable and resilient recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic that promotes the economic, social and environmental dimensions of sustainable development: building an inclusive and effective path for the achievement of the 2030 Agenda in the context of the decade of action and delivery for sustainable development". The meeting of the HLPF in 2021 will be held from Tuesday, 6 July, to Thursday, 15 July 2021, including the three-day ministerial meeting of the forum from Tuesday, 13 July, to Thursday, 15 July 2021

Purpose

The side event “Unleashing the Potential of the Blue Economy” will provide an opportunity for reflections and recommendations in helping countries tap into the full potential of the Blue Economy to diversify their economies. The side event is aimed at policy-makers and public sector professionals across the Caribbean as well as development practitioners.

Agenda

1:00-1:05pm Opening remarks. Ms. Linda Maguire, UNDP Deputy Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean.

1:05-1:20pm Key-note speaker. H.E. Kirk Humphrey, Minister of Maritime Affairs and the Blue Economy, Barbados.

1:20-1:45pm Panel moderated by Ms. Valerie Cliff, UNDP Resident Representative, Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean.

o Dr. Stacy Richards-Kennedy Head of the Regional Office of Global Partnerships and Sustainable Futures at The University of the West Indies (UWI).
o Ms. Marla Dukharan: Caribbean economist and thought leader.
o Mr. Johanan Dujon, Entrepreneur and Founder of Algas Organics in Saint Lucia and nominated for Forbes List of 30 under 30.
o H. E. Aubrey Webson, Ambassador of Antigua and Barbuda and Chair of the Alliance of Small Island States.

1:45-1:55pm Questions and Answers

1:55-2:00pm Closing remarks. Ms. Linda Maguire, UNDP Deputy Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean

Jul 7, 2021 01:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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