In October 5 and 6, 2015 Chile was host the second “Our Ocean” conference (Our Ocean/Nuestro Oceáno – Chile 2015) at the Sheraton Miramar Hotel in the Region of Valparaiso.
More than 400 leaders from government, academia, and civil society who was committed to protecting the ocean participated, including Secretary of State of the United States John Kerry, and Prince Albert of Monaco.
“We don’t want empty speeches. We want voluntary commitments to concretely protect biodiversity,” assured the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Heraldo Muñoz.
The goal is to find solutions to deal with illegal fishing, marine plastic pollution, ocean acidification and its relation to climate change. Moreover, the conference sought to encourage the creation of marine protected areas as a tool to protect the marine ecosystem.
“This is a huge opportunity for Chile to make visible the efforts we have made, and to contribute to this global task of protecting our ocean,” said U.S. Secretary of State Kerry.
The designation of “Our Ocean” assingularis important because scientific research has proven that through large marine current systems, the oceans are interconnected and therefore constitute one body of water.
In addition to the main conference, side events was held at the Congress building and at the Federico Santa María Technical University.
The Our Ocean – Nuestro Océano Initiative
The concept of this Our Ocean conference follows an initiative set in motion by U.S. Secretary of State, John Kerry. In June of 2014, Secretary Kerry organized the first high level conference in Washington D.C. that brought together politicians, scientists, world leaders, businesspeople, environmentalists, and philanthropists from more than 90 countries that promised to strengthen the protection and conservation of the sea.
On that occasion, Chile committed to the United Nations Fish Stocks Agreement, to create and implement a new policy to fight illegal fishing, and to organize the second version of the Our Ocean conference.
The first conference was a great success, propelling forward partnerships and initiatives to conserve the ocean valued at more than $800 million dollars and launching new agreements for the protection of more than 3 million square kilometers of the sea. At this conference, participants was give updates on commitments made in Washington and offered new ones.
Our Ocean Conference 2014 Images