“Our Ocean” Conference – June 16-17, 2014

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.

Spanning three-quarters of the planet, the ocean is our 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.

See Secretary Kerry’s announcement of the conference at www.state.gov/ourocean, and join the conversation on Twitter both before and during the conference by using the hashtag #OurOcean2014.