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

30th June 2022 | Lisboa, Portugal

13:00–14:15 | Altice Arena Side Event Room 1


The 2030 Agenda recognises that “social and economic development depends on the sustainable management of our planet’s natural resources”, including oceans and seas and the biodiversity and ecosystems therein. To achieve the future we want for our ocean, we need to change our measures of economic success to guide us on a more sustainable path.

Commitments to measure and manage progress 'beyond Gross Domestic Product' are now embedded in the Sustainable Development Goals, first draft Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework, and 2020 commitments of the sixteen (16) Heads of Government represented on the High Level Panel for a Sustainable Ocean Economy (Ocean Panel).

Meeting these commitments depends on urgent collaborative action to compile and use Ocean Accounts—which connect social, economic and environmental information about the ocean in coherent and comparable formats, in line with international statistical standards.

The purpose of this side event is to strengthen mutual awareness and action planning among global leaders concerning ocean accounting, and recognize their critical role as a foundation of measurement, innovation, investment, management and planning of progress towards sustainable ocean development. Discussions will build on progress achieved at GOAP's March 2022 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 will feature 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 will be followed by facilitated, open discussion to identify 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.


  • Opening remarks: Ms. Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana, Under-Secretary General of the United Nations and Executive Secretary of United Nations ESCAP
  • Facilitator (national action): Dr. Eli Fenichel, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, United States Government
  • 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, United States Government
  2. Panelist: Mr. Victor Gustaaf Manoppo, Director General for Marine Spatial Management, Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries, Government of Indonesia
  3. Panelist: Ms. Aminath Shauna, Minister of Environment, Climate Change and Technology, or Dr. Abdulla Naseer, Minister of State for Environment, Climate Change and Technology, Government of the Maldives (pending)
  4. Panelist: Mr. James Smith, Deputy Director for International Marine, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Government of the United Kingdom
  5. Panelist: Dr. Russell Reichelt, Prime Minister’s Representative for the High-Level Panel for a Sustainable Ocean Economy, 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. Chip Cunliffe, Co-Chair, Ocean Risk and Resilience Alliance
  9. Panelist: Mr. Sylvain Taboni, Director, Impact Investing, BNP Paribas Corporate Social Responsibility Department

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