Sixth Our Ocean Conference Builds on Prior Cooperation to Forge New Partnerships

In 2014, then-Secretary of State John Kerry launched the first Our Ocean Conference (OOC) with the goal of making safeguarding the health of the ocean a foreign policy imperative — lifting the issue up to get the attention of world leaders just as had happened for climate change in the 1990s. 

Why This Matters:  Five years later the Conference has set the standard for informal international cooperation and how to galvanize a “race to the top” among ocean nations.  Without a treaty or agreement or even a convening body, this group of nations keeps coming back and giving more.  Our Ocean is instrumental in conserving our oceans and all the people who depend on them.

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