Sustainable Development Beyond GDP: Scaling global efforts to make nature and people count through ocean accounts

30 June 2022 | Lisboa, Portugal


The purpose of this side event was to strengthen mutual awareness and action planning among global leaders concerning ocean accounting and recognise their critical role as a foundation of measurement, innovation, investment, management and planning of progress towards sustainable ocean development. Discussions built on progress achieved at the 3rd Global Dialogue on Ocean Accounting which brought together 200+ delegates from 65 countries to exchange experiences and lessons learned on the implementation and scaling of ocean accounts.

The event featured a scene-setting dialogue between senior officials from GOAP Member countries and institutions, taking stock of global efforts to implement ocean accounting, now spanning more than 20 countries. The dialogue was followed by facilitated, open discussion identifying potential elements of a global action agenda to scale and accelerate progress towards ocean accounting to help deliver the future we want for our ocean by 2030 and beyond.

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Dialogue Resources


  • Opening remarks: Ms. Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana, Under-Secretary General of the United Nations and Executive Secretary of Uinted Nations Economic and Social Commission of Asia and the Pacific
  • Facilitator (national action): Dr. Eli Fenichel, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, Government of the United States
  • Facilitator (international cooperation): Mr. Taholo Kami, Former Special Representative for Oceans, Government of Fiji
  1. Panelist: Dr. Rick W. Spinrad, Undersecretary of Commerce and Administrator of National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration, Government of the United States
  2. Panelist: Mr. Victor Gustaaf Manoppo, Director General for Marine Spatial Management, Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries, Government of Indonesia
  3. Panelist: Dr. Abdulla Naseer, Minister of State for Environment, Climate Change and Technology, Government of the Maldives
  4. Panelist: Mr. James Smith, Deputy Director for International Marine, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Government of the United Kingdom
  5. Panelist: Mr. James Larsen, Deputy Secretary, Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment, Government of Australia.
  6. Panelist: Ms. Graciela Márquez, President of the National Institute of Statistics and Geography, Government of Mexico
  7. Panelist: Mr. Henrik Harboe, Prime Minister’s Sherpa to the Ocean Panel, Government of Norway
  8. Panelist: Mr. Sylvain Taboni, Director, Impact Investing, BNP Paribas Corporate Social Responsibility Department

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