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SIDS4 UNDP OIC Side event

Ocean innovations at the forefront! 

With catalytic support from Sida and Norad, UNDP's Ocean Innovation Challenge (OIC) features solutions that are transformational, scalable, and replicable, addressing the most pressing challenges facing our oceans. 

This virtual side event will take you on a journey from the postcard-perfect beauty of Small Island Developing States (SIDS) and coastal least developed countries to the challenges they face. Discover the ingenious solutions created by locals to address these challenges and drive resilience and sustainable development. 

Join us as we welcome the next generation of ocean innovations with the announcement of our Cohort 4 selected proposals. Learn more about this new wave of cutting-edge Blue Economy solutions, designed by talented local innovators to meet the specific needs of these vulnerable states.  

Hear inspiring stories directly from innovators and their communities, showcasing the impact of these projects. 

Global leaders will offer insights and set the stage for accelerated action, partnerships, and a renewed commitment to sustainable solutions. Celebrate innovative approaches with UNDP as we explore ways to strengthen the Blue Economy and enhance local capacity in alignment with key priorities outlined in the SIDS4 outcome document. 

This event is co-hosted by:

Sids4 Conf cohosts

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  • Highlight the ingenuity and effectiveness of ocean innovation for SIDS and LDC challenges while raising awareness of UNDP's Ocean Innovation Challenge (OIC). 
  • Promote a platform for diverse stakeholders to build collaborations and partnerships, fostering the scaling of ocean innovations within SIDS and coastal LDCs. 
  • Inspire the next generation of ocean innovators and ignite passion for ocean stewardship, particularly within youth and local communities. 




sids4 conf emcees

Callie is a leading marine conservation biologist, a National Geographic Explorer, a Scientist with the United Nations Harmony with Nature Programme, and the Founder and Executive Director of The Leatherback Project. She is part of the Field Team Leader of the UNDP ocean innovation Iluminar El MarMichael is an aquaculture scientist from The Bahamas and currently a PhD Researcher at the University of Exeter. He is passionate about building climate-resilient coastal communities and has hands-on experience with various aquaculture species relevant to SIDS, and champions innovative solutions like aquaponics to drive the sustainable blue economy. He is part of the team behind the UNDP ocean innovation Innovative fisheries management and aquaculture practices for Caribbean spiny lobster in The Bahamas.



Opening remarks: Ambassador Peter Thomson, UN Secretary-General Special Envoy for the Ocean

sids4 conf un peter thomson


Keynote address

  • H.E. Houmed M'Saidie, Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries, Environment, Tourism and Handicrafts, Comoros
  • Minister from Mauritius (TBC)
  • High-level speaker from Norway (TBC)

Welcome remarks: Mr. Achim Steiner, UNDP Administrator  


Short film: "SIDS and coastal LDCs: Beyond the Postcard" 



  1. Innovators in action (Video – 90 secs): Short presentations on impactful ocean innovations from past and ongoing OIC cohorts in SIDS and coastal LDC locations, highlighting local benefits and potential for replication.
  2. Moderated Q&A: In this rapid-fire interview, engage in discussions with the innovators, focusing on the challenges and opportunities of being an innovator in a SIDS and coastal LDC context, and how they are achieving positive impact and community benefits.


FIRESIDE CHAT: Accelerating SIDS and coastal LDC ocean innovation: Funding a sustainable Blue future 

Panel with partners and a on the investment landscapes and partnership avenues in the SIDS and coastal LDC blue economy space.

sids4 conf Blue Economy panelists


LAUNCH AND INTRODUCTION TO THE NEW COHORT 4 of ocean innovators on SIDS and LDC Blue Economy.



Voices of young people from SIDS and coastal LDCs address the urgency of ocean action, specifically recognizing the unique challenges and potential of SIDS.




For more information on UNDP's engagements at the SIDS4 Conference…