NAIROBI –  The Sustainable Blue Economy Conference in Nairobi, Kenya was an historic move aimed at harnessing the potential of the oceans, seas, lakes and rivers to improve the lives of all, particularly people in developing states.

As the conference ends, attention will now shift to the Second UN Ocean Conference scheduled for 2020. Peter Thomson, United Nations Special Envoy for the Ocean will steer the world towards the conference. Canada has in the meantime donated $1 million to support Thomson’s office. IPS spoke with the UN envoy.