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Secretary of State John Kerry To Host the "Our Ocean" Conference


Notice to the Press
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
June 12, 2014

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Secretary of State John Kerry will host the “Our Ocean” Conference at the U.S. Department of State on June 16 and 17. The conference will bring together 350-400 participants from more than 80 nations, including government officials, scientists, and leading international institutions to review the state of the science and determine concrete actions that can be taken at all levels to help protect ocean ecosystems.

The conference will focus on Sustainable Fishing, Marine Pollution, and Ocean Acidification. The confirmed participants include: Prince Albert II of Monaco, President of the Republic of Kiribati Anote Tong, President of the Republic of Palau Tommy Remengesau, Chilean Foreign Minister Heraldo Muñoz, Foreign Minister of the Republic of the Marshall Islands Tony DeBrum, Secretary of Foreign Affairs of the Federated States of Micronesia Lorin Robert, New Zealand Foreign Minister Murray McCully, Norwegian Foreign Minister Børge Brende, Togolese Foreign Minister Robert Dussey, and World Bank President Jim Yong Kim.

Please see the current schedule below for media opportunities. The full schedule of the conference can be viewed on the website. Conference events will be streamed live on www.state.gov/ourocean and will take place in the Loy Henderson Conference Room, unless otherwise noted.

For the latest information on the conference, please see www.state.gov/ourocean, and follow @JohnKerry, @StateDept, and @StateDeptOES on Twitter. You can participate in the many social media efforts surrounding the conference including our first Thunderclap, our Show Your Love of Our Ocean photo campaign, and the Protect Our Ocean Call to Action. Secretary Kerry’s ocean call to action video can be viewed at http://youtu.be/sOifRu6WdXs. You can also follow the conversation on social media using the hashtag #OurOcean2014.

For coordination purposes, we kindly request that members of the media wishing to cover the conference RSVP in advance by sending their name, media affiliation, and contact information:

Office of Policy and Public Outreach, Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs (OES), OES-PA-DG@state.gov.


Monday, June 16, 2014

9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Opening session with remarks by Secretary of State John Kerry
Open Press Coverage
Preset for video cameras: 8:00 a.m. from the 23rd Street Lobby.
Final access time for journalists and still photographers: 9:00 a.m. from the 23rd Street Lobby.

11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Sustainable Fisheries Panel and Discussion
This session will be streamed live at www.state.gov/ourocean. If you are interested in more information about this session, please contact: Chris Rich RichCE@state.gov.

12:45 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Lunch Discussion with remarks by Prince Albert II of Monaco
The lunch will be streamed lived at www.state.gov/ourocean. For inquiries on obtaining video footage, please contact Nancy Riley rileynm@state.gov or 202-647-6784

2:45 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Marine Pollution Panel and Discussion
This session will be streamed live at www.state.gov/ourocean. If you are interested in more information about this session, please contact: Chris Rich RichCE@state.gov.

7:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. Evening Reception at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, Sant Ocean Hall with remarks by Smithsonian Institution Secretary Wayne Clough, Secretary of State John Kerry, and New Zealand Foreign Minister Murray McCully.
Pooled Press Coverage

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

9:00 a.m. Day Two Welcome Remarks by Secretary of State John Kerry
Open Press Coverage
Preset for video cameras: 7:45 a.m. from the 23rd Street Lobby.
Final access time for journalists and still photographers: 8:30 a.m. from the 23rd Street Lobby.

9:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Ocean Acidification Panel and Discussion
This session will be streamed live at www.state.gov/ourocean. If you are interested in more information about this session, please contact: Chris Rich RichCE@state.gov.

11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Next Steps Panel with remarks by Secretary Kerry and other high-level speakers
Open Press Coverage
Preset for video cameras: 10:35 a.m. from the 23rd Street Lobby.
Final access time for journalists and still photographers: 10:45 a.m. from the 23rd Street Lobby.

1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Lunch Discussion and Political Change Makers Panel Discussion with remarks by U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman, White House Senior Counselor John Podesta, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, Senator Lisa Murkowski, and European Commissioner for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries.

Lunch will be streamed live at www.state.gov/ourocean. For inquiries on obtaining video footage, please contact Nancy Riley rileynm@state.gov or 202-647-6784.

3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Multiplying Our Forces Strategy Sessions
Closed Press Coverage

Media representatives may attend the open sessions upon presentation of one of the following: (1) a U.S. Government-issued photo identification (Department of State, White House, Congress, Department of Defense, or Foreign Press Center), (2) a media-issued photo identification card, or (3) a letter from their employer on letterhead verifying their employment as a journalist, accompanied by an official photo identification (driver’s license or passport).

For further information, please contact OES Public Affairs Officer Christopher Rich at RichCE@state.gov or the Office of Press Relations at (202) 647-2492.



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