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On the road to Ocean 20

As part of the G20 Indonesia Presidency, and together with UN partners, UNOPS joins efforts to promote sustainable ocean management and protection.

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Supported by the World Economic Forum, Indonesia launched a new agenda – Ocean 20 (O20) – as part of the country’s G20 Presidency in 2022. O20 aims to deliver actionable policy recommendations and strategies for cooperation to spur investment and growth in the ocean economy – or blue economy – while protecting, restoring and regenerating it.

To help roll out the new agenda, the UN in Indonesia supported the Coordinating Ministry of Maritime and Investment Affairs of Indonesia to hold a workshop on the partnerships required to realize the ambitions of O20.

In support, UNOPS facilitated a session on innovation to support the blue economy, which brought together several thought leaders in the area of marine safeguarding. The importance of sustainability and reducing inequalities between urban and rural coastal communities in Indonesia were discussed.

To support and improve the effective management to conserve and sustainably use the oceans, it is necessary to develop integrated solutions and take real action. This action requires commitment and cooperation from various parties, both internal and external.

Jodi Mahardi - Deputy for Marine Resources Coordination of the Coordinating Ministry for Maritime Affairs and Investment

The workshop helped define the road to O20 and the official agenda, action points and partnerships will be launched during a high-level panel on Ocean 20 in Bali, on 13-14 November, in conjunction with the G20 Leaders Summit. Ahead of the session, UNOPS will continue to work with governments and development partners to support progress on blue economy innovation.

"Indonesia, as the world's largest archipelagic nation, understands all too well the importance of a sustainable blue economy. UNOPS is proud to support Indonesia's leadership in ocean protection, through the establishment of Ocean 20, as well as our work helping tackle marine plastic across ASEAN Member States," said Samina Kadwani, Director of UNOPS Multi-Country Office in Thailand.

Thought leaders meet in Jakarta, Indonesia on 26 September 2022 to discuss innovation in marine safeguarding.
Thought leaders meet in Jakarta, Indonesia on 26 September 2022 to discuss innovation in marine safeguarding.

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