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Our Ocean Conference

Our Ocean, Our People, Our Prosperity.

The Government of the Republic of Palau together with the United States hosted the seventh Our Ocean Conference in Koror, Palau, April 13-14, 2022. The conference began as a U.S. Department of State initiative to draw international attention to the serious threats facing the world’s ocean and to commit to concrete action around the globe to support marine conservation and sustainable development.

The 2022 Our Ocean Conference theme was “Our Ocean, Our People, Our Prosperity.”  Our Ocean 2022 focused on two significant cross-cutting issues: the ocean-climate nexus and the importance of a healthy ocean to small island developing states and all communities where the ocean serves as a primary source of sustenance.  As the first small island developing state to host the Our Ocean Conference, Palau highlighted the specific challenges that islands face due to the ocean-climate crisis.

Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry co-hosted the Our Ocean 2022 Conference with Palau President Surangel Whipps, Jr.  A U.S. interagency delegation participated in the 2022 conference, as well as U.S. representatives from civil society and industry.

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The 2022 conference announced new, voluntary commitments for significant and meaningful action on some of the most complex issues facing the ocean today.

There are six broad areas of action:

  • Tackling the climate crisis  
  • Advancing sustainable fisheries  
  • Fostering sustainable blue economies
  • Promoting marine protected areas  
  • Supporting maritime security  
  • Combating marine pollution 
Welcome to Palau: Rare at Our Ocean 2022

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