We are happy to introduce one of the earliest confirmed presenters at the Nigeria Blue Economy Stakeholders Conference – Erik Giercksky, Head, Sustainable Ocean Business, UN Global Compact He will be presenting the critical paper on how Nigeria can build a sustainable Blue Economy.
Mr. Giercksky is the Head of the Sustainable Ocean Business Action Platform at the United Nations Global Compact. The Action Platform convenes leading actors from business, academia, and government institutions to determine how ocean industries can advance progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals. He previously served as Director of Communications at the Norwegian Shipowners’ Association and has held leading positions at the Norwegian Refugee Council, Norwegian Society for Sea Rescue, and in private companies within the media sector.
Giercksky started his career as a Diplomat in Norway. He holds a Masters Degree in Politics from the London School of Economics and a Masters Degree in History from the University of Oslo. The aggregate use of the ocean is at the moment significantly tilted to the advantage of the more resourceful economies – from commercial fishing to large ocean transportation and mineral exploration. This underline the equal importance and why preservation of hinterland waters like rivers, lakes and basins cannot be overemphasized for a holistic integration of a Blue Economy.
Incidentally, River Niger from which Nigeria derived its name is now a mere geographic representation as its nothing more than clusters of pond dotted along a valley where a river use to run. It’s ceased to be a navigable vein of the economy it once was for various reasons some of which is the mismanagement at the Sahel region in the North, climate change and the sheer number of people that relies on it as their primary source of water supply. The United Nations Global Compact Sustainable Ocean Business Action Platform (founded July, 2000) convenes leading actors from business, academia and Government institutions to determine how ocean industries aka Blue Economy commerce can advance progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The platform is also conceived to build upon the ten Principles of the UN