Cristina Rumbaitis del Rio, Senior Associate Director at the Rockefeller Foundation, guest blogs on the importance of equity in the blue growth economy. At the Global Ocean Action Summit in late April, while speaking on a panel I quipped that the Summit’s subtitle , “Action for Food Security and Blue Growth,” should have been Action for Food Security and Inclusive Blue Growth, because so many different equity issues underpin the success of the blue growth agenda.
“Stewardship is not only an environmental concern, it's also a health, economic, food security and moral issue,” US Secretary of State John Kerry in his address to the Global Oceans Action Summit for Food Security and Blue Growth. Oceans elicit emotional reactions in many people. They are places where we swim, fish, sail or simply watch the world go by. Yet, increasingly, we hear troubling messages that oceans are under grave threat from overfishing, pollution, climate change and more. These messages move us to take action. But, what actions can right past wrongs and create future opportunities?
The recent Global Oceans Action Summit for Food Security and Blue Growth, held in the Hague, the Netherlands, highlighted the need to take steps to tackle overfishing, climate change and pollution of the oceans. The summit committed to a set of concrete actions responding to the urgency for restoring productive, resilient oceans that drive broad-based blue growth and deliver food security.