Our Ocean conference pledged 410 commitments, valued at $16.35 billion USD

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At the closing of the Our Ocean conference in Palau the co-hosts announced that 410 commitments were made by various, countries, civil society, and industry valued at $US16.35 billion.

The two-day conference was held in the Pacific region for the first time.

Palau’s president, Surangel Whipps Jr, and US Special Presidential Envoy for Climate, John Kerry, closed the conference. Each of them praised those attending for their commitment to protecting the ocean.

“Our goal this week was to shine a light on what is happening to our ocean and to make real commitments about real actions and not just words,” Kerry said.

The Palauan president said that the conference was truly a global event, with over 500 delegates from more than 80 nations.

The Assistant Secretary of State for Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs at the Department of State, Monica P. Medina, said that since the launch of the Our Ocean conference in 2014 it has ” generated over 1400 commitments valued at more than $US90 billion, that’s not including the commitments made at the 2022 conference.”

“Over the years, leaders around the world have protected more than 5 million square miles of ocean that’s an area larger than the United States and Palau combined,” she said.

Source: RNZ