Decades of high economic growth in the Asia-Pacific region have transformed its socioeconomic landscape – lifting a billion people out of extreme poverty in the past two decades and raising living standards of even greater numbers.
The UNWTO Regional Conference on Sustainable Development through Tourism was convened
in Thimphu, Bhutan on 3 June 2019. This report captures the main themes, presentations and discussions of the conference.
The purpose of this paper is to provide background context for improving finance for Pacific Ocean governance. The goal of ocean finance is to generate, invest, align, and account for financial capital to achieve sustained ocean health and governance. This paper analyses the current Pacific Ocean finance context according to these four actions, and is a precursor to the development of 1) Ocean Finance Profiles which articulate the status and opportunities in ocean finance at the national level for Pacific Island countries (January 2020), and 2) a summary paper articulating a regional path forward (June 2020).