The U.S. Department of State will host the “Our Ocean” Conference - focused on sustainable fisheries, marine pollution, and ocean acidification - on June 16-17, 2014, in Washington, D.C.
Conference participants will include experts from around the world who will explain the state of the science on each issue, explore the challenges facing the oceans, and share the solutions that are being applied successfully. Secretary of State John Kerry has made ocean issues a top priority for the Department.
“This conference will build on what we’ve done already and it will be an important start to a much larger effort, because if we are going to pass on a livable ocean to the next generation, we need to act much more forcefully now,” Kerry said. “Whether we’re talking about trade, or climate or food sustainability, there can be no doubt that the ocean requires our protection and our collective action.”
Invitees to the conference include government ministers, scientists, advocates, people whose livelihoods and well-being depend upon the oceans, and members of the international oceans community. The conference program will feature interactive elements to ensure participation by communities around the world.
Spanning three-quarters of the planet, the ocean is the most important shared resource. It connects people – physically, culturally and spiritually. It is a driving force in the global economy, pivotal to food security, human health and scientific advancement, and home to a vast ecosystem that regulates climate and weather. Protecting the ocean requires broad engagement from the global community to help ensure the long-term sustainability of the marine environment. It is imperative for the United States and countries around the world to work together to protect and sustain it, as no one person or one country can use it or protect it alone.
The conference goal will be to promote a healthier planet by creating a healthier ocean.