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KENYA CO-HOSTS THE 2ND UNITED NATIONS OCEANS CONFERENCE

Kenya and Portugal co-hosted the 2nd United Nations Oceans Conference in Lisbon from June 27 to July 1, 2022.  His Excellency Uhuru Kenyatta, co-President of the Conference presided over the official opening ceremony on June 27, 2022. President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa of the Portuguese Republic (co-President of the Conference) and UN Secretary General António Guterres also participated in the opening session of the Oceans Conference.
The second United Nations Oceans Conference was closed in a colourful flag lowering ceremony on Friday, July 1, at the Altice Arena. The closing ceremony featured a cultural extravaganza of music and dance by one of Kenya’s leading band Kayamba Africa. The global forum hosted close to six thousand delegates from around the world.
“Our actions are not commensurate with the threat that faces the ocean. We urgently need to build an ocean-based economy where effective protection, sustainable production and equitable prosperity go hand-in-hand. These actions must be taken collectively because the ocean is a global common good,” President Kenyatta said.
Highlighting over exploitation of the ocean and its habitat as a key contributor to the oceans decline, leaders in the conference called on collective commitment to scaling up ocean based science. They pointed to decisive and realistic actions needed to strengthen institutional capacity and ocean literacy for long term sustainability of the oceans.
“As leaders and representatives of our governments, we are determined to act decisively and urgently to improve the health, productivity, sustainable use and resilience of the ocean and its ecosystems,” they said, expressing deep regret over their collective failure to achieve several of the targets of Goal 14 noting that it was the least funded sustainable development goal.
Speaking at the Opening of the conference, H.E Uhuru Kenyatta called   for urgent global action to mitigate the decline in seas, ocean and marine environment, saying the world needed to upgrade from proposals on the subject to tangible interventions. He called on world leaders to jointly work together in the scaling up of conservation action to help solve challenges facing sustainability and health of global maritime resources.
Speaking at the Opening of the conference, H.E Uhuru Kenyatta called   for urgent global action to mitigate the decline in seas, ocean and marine environment, saying the world needed to upgrade from proposals on the subject to tangible interventions. He called on world leaders to jointly work together in the scaling up of conservation action to help solve challenges facing sustainability and health of global maritime resources.
“Our actions are not commensurate with the threat that faces the ocean. We urgently need to build an ocean-based economy where effective protection, sustainable production and equitable prosperity go hand-in-hand. These actions must be taken collectively because the ocean is a global common good,” President Kenyatta said.
The Conference themed, “Scaling Up Ocean Action Based on Science and Innovation for the Implementation of Goal 14:  Stocktaking, Partnerships and Solutions” was the second of its kind to take place. The week-long Conference brought together world leaders who pledged to take action to save the ocean through conservation of oceans, seas and marine resources.

The President noted that human action continues to threaten the ocean and its eco systems, pointing out that more than eight million tons of plastic are dumped in the marine environment annually while dumping of toxic waste into the water was altering and destroying marine ecosystems.
The High-Level opening was also addressed the Presidents of Angola, Palau, Columbia, Guinea -Bisau, Zambia, Ghana, Equatorial Guinea and the State of Libya, Prime Ministers of Portugal and the Republic of Iceland as well as the President of the seventy -sixth session of the United Nations General Assembly.
Kenya’s National Statement and closing remarks at the Ocean Conference were delivered by Mr. Keriako Tobiko, Cabinet Secretary for Environment and Forestry. CS Tobiko echoed the intricate link between a healthy planet and a healthy ocean, informing that Kenya has recently developed a National Marine Litter Management action plan in fulfilment of UNEA 1. He lauded the country’s commitment to developing a National Action Plan on Sea Based Marine Plastic Litter which he said will be tailored to address gaps, priorities and needs, to more effectively prevent and reduce marine plastic litter from sea-based resources.

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