Riyadh Blue Talk: Tune-in Tomorrow @ 7am ET

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The Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation is delighted to be participating in the Riyadh Blue Talk tomorrow morning, May 24, 2022.

The “Riyadh Blue Talk” is organized by the Office of the United Nations Resident Coordinator, the Embassy of Portugal, and the Embassy of Kenya in Riyadh. The event begins at 7am ET and will be live-streamed to allow for virtual participation.

The Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation has been invited to share our knowledge of marine science and conservation, and to present our work to provide science-based solutions to protect and restore ocean health. Our Chief Scientist, Sam Purkis, will be discussing the lessons learned from the Global Reef Expedition and what measures can be implemented so we can have accessible, affordable, shared data to better support the decision-making process towards ocean sustainability. He will also be participating in a panel discussion on increasing scientific knowledge and developing research capacity to advance ocean conservation initiatives.

Tune in to watch his presentation LIVE @ 8:20 am ET!

The event is being held now to raise awareness of the plight of our oceans in light of the upcoming UN Ocean Conference that will be held in Lisbon, Portugal from June 27th to  July 1st, 2022.

The 2022 UN Ocean Conference will seek to propel much-needed science-based solutions aimed at starting a new chapter of global ocean action. Solutions for a sustainably managed ocean involve green technology and innovative uses of marine resources. They also include addressing the threats to health, ecology, economy, and governance of the ocean — acidification, marine litter and pollution, illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing, and the loss of habitats and biodiversity. 

Considering the valuable contributions and efforts that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has made to the conservation of marine environment at the national, regional, and global levels, the Riyadh Blue Talk will be an opportunity for the national stakeholders to exchange knowledge and solutions to solve pressing challenges. Participants from government institutions, academia, the private sector, and other relevant stakeholders have been invited to speak on their areas of expertise and participate in panel discussions. See the agenda for the full list of speakers and presentations. Participation is open for government institutions, the academia, private sector, regional, and international organizations.

The Riyadh Blue Talk will be organized into two sessions centered around two Dialogue Streams of the 2022 UN Ocean Conference, namely:

  • Managing, Protecting, Conserving and Restoring Marine and Coastal Ecosystems
  • Increasing Scientific Knowledge and Developing Research Capacity and Transfer of Marine Technology

Many thanks to the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) for supporting this event.

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