In June, the Department of State hosted the “Our Ocean” Conference. We brought together individuals, experts, practitioners, advocates, lawmakers, and the international ocean and foreign policy communities to gather lessons learned, share the best science, offer unique perspectives, and demonstrate effective actions. We continue to chart a way forward, working individually and together, to protect “Our Ocean.”
Our Ocean Action Plan
This document presents a set of actions relating to the three topics of the Our Ocean Conference (sustainable fisheries, marine pollution, ocean acidification) that the United States Government intends to undertake in our nation and to pursue with other nations and stakeholders at the international level.
Our Ocean Initiatives
This document gives an overview of the new initiatives and commitments that various participants announced at the Our Ocean conference. Representatives of governments, international organizations, and civil society committed to undertake these new initiatives and commitments in an effort to help address the challenges facing the ocean.
Background Materials on the Conference Pillar Topics provided for Conference Participants
These documents provide background information on the three main topics that were highlighted at the conference.
Force Multiplier Sessions
The Force Multiplier sessions previewed ideas, solutions and specific actions on how to promote ocean stewardship though the power of markets such as tourism and sustainable fisheries, as well as the value of nature or the blue economy, including habitat for fish, storm protection, and filtration for clean water.
These are projects by governments, NGOs, private enterprise, and local communities from around the world that have elevated the level of awareness, protection, and stewardship of our oceans. (We are sharing these success stories or videos on behalf of our conference partners. The content is solely the responsibility of the conference partner and is neither endorsed by nor necessarily reflects the views of the United States.)
Videos released in advance of the Conference or shown at the Conference
Resource videos provided by partners and shared at the Conference
(We are sharing these videos on behalf of our conference partners. The content is solely the responsibility of the conference partner and is neither endorsed by nor necessarily reflects the views of the United States.)
Our Ocean Conference: Peaceful Uses Initiative Announcement Remarks by Thomas M. Countryman, Assistant Secretary, Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation, June 17, 2014
Our Ocean Conference: Second Day Lunch, June 17, 2014
Secretary Kerry, Remarks at the closing of the “Charting a Path Forward” Session of Our Ocean Conference, June 17, 2014
Secretary Kerry, Remarks at the “Charting a Path Forward” Session of Our Ocean Conference, June 17, 2014
Secretary Kerry and Leonardo DiCaprio Remarks on the Second Day of the Our Ocean Conference, June 17, 2014
White House Fact Sheet: Leading at Home and Internationally to Protect Our Ocean and Coasts, June 17, 2014
Presidential Memorandum: Establishing a Comprehensive Framework to Combat Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated Fishing and Seafood Fraud, June 17, 2014
Secretary Kerry, Reception Remarks at Our Ocean Conference, June 16, 2014
"Our Ocean" Conference: Marine Pollution - Marine Debris, June 16, 2014
Secretary Kerry, Luncheon Remarks At Our Ocean Conference, June 16, 2014
Our Ocean Conference: Sustainable Fisheries Panel, June 16, 2014
Secretary Kerry, Welcoming Remarks at Our Ocean Conference, June 16, 2014
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