Blue Economy

Youth Pathways to blue economy


The blue economy has a huge potential to drive sustainable growth. … A new joint initiative, namely ‘Go Blue‘, will contribute to unlocking precisely these potential sea-land opportunities in coastal urban centres by promoting sustainable economic growth, sea-land development and maritime law enforcement.

Ten percent of the world’s population depends on fisheries for their livelihoods, and 4.3 billion people are reliant on fish for 15 percent of their animal protein intake, Graziano da Silva told participants

The green economy is defined as an economy that aims at reducing environmental risks and ecological scarcities, and that aims for sustainable development without degrading the environment.

The blue economy concept seeks to promote economic growth, social inclusion and preservation or improvement of livelihoods while at the same time ensuring environmental sustainability—all issues integral to the 2030 Agenda. So, to build a blue economy, we will need to put sustainability at its centre.

The ‘Blue Economy‘ is an emerging concept which encourages better stewardship of our ocean or ‘blue‘ resources. … Similar to the ‘Green Economy‘, the blue economy model aims for improvement of human wellbeing and social equity, while significantly reducing environmental risks and ecological scarcities.

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Key profiles

Douglas Ragan Douglas has a premium account Click to upgrade to Premium Douglas Ragan 2nd degree connection2nd Chief, Youth and Livelihoods at UN-HABITAT Kenya See contact info 500+ connections Douglas Ragan has worked in youth development with NGOs, local and national governments and the United Nations for the past 25 years. Currently he is the Unit Leader for Youth and Livelihoods for UN-Habitat, managing UN-Habitat’s Global portfolio on youth development in over 75 developing countries. The programmes focus on urban youth development, including youth employment, governance and participation. He manages three flagship youth programmes for UN-Habitat: the Urban Youth Fund, Youth 21 initiative and the One Stop Youth Resource Centres.
Doug Ragan
Chief at United Nations Human Settlements Program, Youth and Livelihoos Unit
Ms. Maimunah Mohd Sharif (Malaysia) is the Executive Director of the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), appointed at the level of Under-Secretary-General by the Secretary-General, following an election by the General Assembly on 22 December 2017. On 22 January 2018, Ms. Sharif assumed her post at UN-Habitat’s Headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya. She succeeds Dr. Joan Clos of Spain. Prior to this appointment, Ms. Sharif was the Mayor of the City Council of Penang Island, Malaysia. In 2011, she became the first woman to be appointed President of the Municipal Council of Seberang Perai. As mayor, she led the Municipal Council of Seberang Perai to achieve its vision of a “cleaner, greener, safer and healthier place to work, live, invest and play.” She is a champion of Gender-Responsive Participatory Budgeting and Planning, integrating gender perspectives into the governance process.
Ms. Maimunah Mohd Sharif
Executive Director at United Nations Human Settlements Programme
Public Policy and Youth Specialist, Diplomat, Author and Speaker Raphael Obonyo is a multi award winning youth advocate at the national, regional and international levels. He is the co-founder of a number of community and youth-led initiatives including the Youth Congress, a premier youth-led organization in Kenya. He has extensive knowledge and experience in public policy, international development, political economy, governance and human rights. Obonyo is the 2018 recipient of the Diversity and Inclusion Outstanding Leaders Award, 2018 Africa’s Young Achievers, 2018 Leader of the Year Award by Africa Youth Awards, the 2017 Pan African Humanitarian Award, and the 2016 Best Communicator in Kenya – by Daily Nation. In 2016 he was named one of the UN Persons of the Year. Also, he received the 2016 Utumushi Bora - Exemplary Leadership Award for his contribution to mentorship and people’s empowerment.
Raphael Obonyo
Chair, Pan African Leadership Project Board at African Leadership Institute
Career diplomat with 25+ years in the Canadian Foreign Service. Postings in Israel, Vietnam, Norway and Zimbabwe. Lisa Stadelbauer (BA [Administrative and Commercial Studies], University of Western Ontario, 1988) joined External Affairs and International Trade Canada in 1990. Her first assignment abroad was in 1992 to Tel Aviv, and she later served in Hanoi as counsellor, then in Oslo as counsellor and consul. In Ottawa, she worked with the India, Bangladesh, Burma, Nepal and Bhutan Desk, the Middle East Peace Process Coordination Group and the United Nations and Commonwealth Affairs Division. She served as the director of the Eastern and Southern Africa Division and deputy to Canada’s Africa Personal Representative to the G-8, before her appointment as Canada’s Ambassador to Zimbabwe and Angola, and High Commissioner to Botswana. She is currently the Director General of the Pan-Africa Bureau at Global Affairs Canada.
Lisa Stadelbauer
High Commissioner-designate of Canada to Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda; Amb-designate to Somalia, Burundi; Perm Rep UN Nairobi