UNFCCC COP 28 Side Event: Regenerative Blue Economy

Post-2030 framework beyond sustainability


In light of the challenges our oceans face, the concept of a “regenerative blue economy” has emerged, prioritizing both sustainability and economic prosperity while actively seeking to protect and rejuvenate our marine and coastal ecosystems.

This event will give voice to influential ocean advocates, facilitating a discussion on the vision beyond 2030 and the necessary steps to establish a cohesive framework, guiding principles, and appropriate tools, while also spotlighting the pioneers of a groundbreaking pilot project where the private sector serves as a catalyst for a new paradigm of development.



Robert van Tol

Bodhi Patil

Youth Ocean Champion

Bodhi is a young ocean climate solutionist passionate about the
interconnection between Ocean Health and Human Health (OHHH).

As the founder of Inner Light, co-creator of @oceanuprise, co-founder of Sea Dragon Studios – One World Breath, co-winner of the UN Oceans Conference Youth & Innovation Forum, and United Nations esteemed young leader, Bodhi supports young people to create impact at scale. He is the Head of Impact at OnDeck Fisheries Al, and a Youth Advisor at
Symbrosia Seaweed, Sustainable Ocean Alliance, Katoa, World Ocean Day and Break Free from Plastic Pollution. He is a third-year student in the BA + Masters of Management program at the University of British Columbia studying oceans, climate action, and business.

Robert van Tol

Vienna Eleuteri

Initiator & Vice-Chair, Water Revolution Foundation

Vienna has coordinated several international projects in sustainable development, human health and the environment.

She works with governments and communities to introduce sustainable practices and adaptive technologies that reduce vulnerability to climate change and promote sustainable development. She has worked on Yachting 4.0, a computational sustainability programme which supports decision making in production processes. She also coordinated the development of the WateRevolution model, a strategic partnership platform, recognized by the United Nations (UN) as a best practice, then taking this a step further by initiating Water Revolution Foundation.

Adriana del Borghi

Vice-Chancellor for Sustainability, University of Genoa

Prof. Adriana Del Borghi, PhD is Vice-Chancellor for Sustainability of the University of Genova, Italy, and Vice-Director of the Department of Civil, Chemical and Environmental Engineering.

Full Professor in Sanitary and Environmental Engineering at the University of Genoa, she is currently member of the Technical Commission of Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA)/Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) at the Italian Ministry of Ecological Transition. Delegate for the International climate negotiations at the United Nations Climate Change Conference of Parties, CEO and Co-founder of TETIS Institute S.R.L., manager of the eCO2care Registry, she is scientific manager of several funded research projects on sustainability, ecodesign and climate change. She is member of the Editorial Board of international journals and author of more than 150 scientific articles.

Robert van Tol

Michela Gallo

Director, Centro Interuniversitario di Ricerca per lo Sviluppo Sostenibile dei Prodotti (CESISP)

Prof. Michela Gallo, PhD is Director of the Interuniversity Centre for the development of Products Sustainability (CESISP).

Robert van Tol

Paul Holthus

Founding President & CEO, World Ocean Council

Paul works with the private sector and market forces to develop practical solutions for achieving sustainable development.

His experience ranges from working with the global industry associations or directors of UN agencies to working with fishermen in small island villages. Paul has been involved in coastal and marine resource sustainable development and conservation work in over 30 countries in Europe, Asia, the Pacific, Central America and Africa. As a consultant on sustainable development and environmental management, he has worked with companies, industry associations, UN agencies, international NGOs and foundations on sustainability, especially in the areas of oil/gas, fisheries, aquaculture, standards and certification.


Title: A Regenerative Blue Economy as Means to Harmonizing Climate Action: a post-2030 framework beyond sustainability
Date: 9 December 2023
Time: 16:45 – 17:45, UTC+4
Location: SDG Pavilion, Blue Zone, Expo City Dubai UAE

*The event will also be streamed from the website of the United Nations