Friday 1 July 2022, 11:30-12:45, side event room 2 – Event ID: IBZF14

“Cultural and sustainable management of Islands blue economies and oceans ecosystems”


Side event focus on Islands.

This side event aims to share innovative SIDS solutions, success stories and methods to overcome hurdles and achieve partnerships for a sustainable blue economy.

The event will enable participants to share experiences on the commitments of governments, financing agencies and NGOs to promote concrete actions for sustainable use of marine resources, based on innovative governance and cultural approaches in addition to innovative financing mechanisms and priorities.  Private sector-led initiatives regarding the sustainable management of marine and coastal resources will also be presented.

The scaling up of ocean action and financing mechanisms is central to providing necessary support for ongoing national and regional initiatives, not only for SDG 14 but for other Sustainable Development Goals.  The event will also cover sustainable financing opportunities for SIDS on the blue economy as provided by financing agencies.


Side Event Agenda (75 min):

  Item Speaker/Time limit Focus
1 Welcome by MC (3 min)  
2 Prayer (1 min)  
3 Opening statement Hon. Heremoana

Maamaatuaiahutapu, Minister of Culture, Environment and Marine Resources of French Polynesia

(5 min)

French Polynesia will be providing opening/welcoming remarks and also speak to French Polynesia’s cultural and sustainable management initiatives.
4 Keynote Speaker Amb Peter Thomson

UNSG Special Envoy, (5 min)

Voluntary Commitments and the important role that various institutions play/should play, including technical support and blue financing for SIDS



  Panel 1: National and regional success stories, hurdles, cultural approaches, and assistance needs.
5 Speaker 1 Hon. Flavien Joubert

Minister of Agriculture, Climate Change and Environment

Seychelles (5 min)


Indian Ocean Great Blue Wall
6 Speaker 2 Amb Luke Daunivalu

PR Fiji to UN/Geneva

(5 min)

Blue Bonds to finance sustainable blue economy
7 Speaker 3 DPR Kimberly Louis

Deputy Permanent

Representative to UN

Saint Lucia (5 min)

Implementation of a National Coastal Master Plan and Marine Spacial Plan – opportunities and challenges
8 Speaker 4 SG Herny Puna

Pacific Island Forum Secretary General and Pacific Ocean


(5 min)

Pacific Regional Commitments by PSIDS and its significance
9 Q&A/Discussion before End 10 min  
  Panel 2: Blue economy technical support and sustainable blue financing mechanisms for SIDS. How this support integrate cultural approaches?
10 Speaker 5 Mrs Minna Epps

Head, IUCN Ocean

Centre for Conservation Action

International Union for Conservation and Nature (5 min)

Future commitments look like for SIDS and what are the long terms opportunities.
11 Speaker 6 Mrs Kate Brown

Executive Director GLIPSA (5 min)

Local2030 Islands Network and sustainable blue economy
12 Speaker 7 Mr Fabrice Bernard


Small Islands

Organization (5 min)

International cooperation for blue sustainable development
13 Speaker 8 Mrs Melissa Walsh, PhD

Program Manager, Ocean Finance Initiative

Asian Development Bank (5 min)

Financing Mechanisms for SIDS
14 Speaker 9 Mr Romain Chabrol

Expert biodiversity and Oceans

Agence française de développement (AFD) (5 min)

Bleu financing