The Mirpuri Foundation joined the United Nations Ocean Conference “Keeping the Momentum for Ocean Action: Private Sector Participation and Engagement”

This conference was the second of a series of webinars that are being organized in preparation for the UN Ocean Conference,  mobilizing stakeholders from different sectors and all regions of the world in support of SDG 14 implementation. Representatives from 60 countries around the globe participated in this online event.

The session started with the words of His Excellency Mr. Tijjani Muhammad-Bande, President of the United Nations General Assembly, followed by remarks from Ambassador Lazarus O. Amayo, Permanent Representative of Kenya to the United Nations, and Ambassador Duarte Lopes, Permanent Representative of Portugal to the United Nations.

Moderated by Sturla Henriksen, Special Advisor, Ocean, UN Global Compact, the webinar covered the role of the ocean to recover better, how to mobilize the private sector for ocean action, how industries can transition to a clean and green recovery. It counted on key speakers such as Mr. Alfredo Tello, Technical and Sustainability Manager, Camanchaca, Mr. Jay Borkland, Senior Engineering Manager, Lloyd’s Register, and Mr. Jay Collins, Vice Chairman of Corporate and Investment Banking, Citi.

Ambassador Peter Thomson, UNSG’s Special Envoy for the Ocean, joined for a keynote speech, in which he mentioned now is the time to focus on a transition to a green-blue economy, as the high-road we should take to get to a good place.

The session also counted on an interactive dialogue, before closing.

As a part of DSDG’s four-part series “Keeping the Momentum for Ocean Action” and co-convened with the UN Global Compact and in collaboration with the United Nations Non-Governmental Liaison Service (UN-NGLS), the webinar assessed the role of the ocean, how we can rebuild the global economy, safeguarding the oceans, becoming more resilient and protecting biodiversity.