An Ocean of Equal Opportunity - How the Blue Economy Can Advance Goal 5

16 March 2021
11:55 - 12:35 hrs. , CET

Organized as part of the UN Global Compact's Target Gender Equality Live, this session will focus on how we can amplify female representation in key areas of the blue economy to ensure equal opportunities for all.


Opening remarks

  • Dona Bertarelli, UNCTAD Special Adviser for the Blue Economy


  • Suzanne Johnson, Senior Advisor, UN Global Compact


  • Flower Msuya, Chairperson and Facilitator at the Zanzibar Seaweed Cluster Initiative
  • Heike Deggim, Director Maritime Safety, International Maritime Organization (IMO)
  • Shakuntala Thilsted, Research Program Leader for Value Chains and Nutrition, WorldFish, Vice-Chair of UN Food System Summit’s Advancing Equitable Livelihoods Action Track
  • Henrik Österblom, Science Director, Stockholm Resilience Centre
  • Úna Brosnan, Offshore New Markets Manager, Mainstream Renewable Power

Held in the context of International Women’s Day and the 65th session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women, "Target Gender Equality Live" will demonstrate UN Global Compact's leadership on gender equality. It will showcase the "Women’s Empowerment Principles" and promote the "Target Gender Equality" global impact initiative.

The interactive virtual event seeks to inspire and engage business and other stakeholders to take concrete action to advance gender equality and to help build private sector support and momentum in advance of the gender equality forums taking place later in the year.


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Arlette Verploegh
Chief of communications and external relations, UNCTAD
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