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The Our Ocean Conferences were created to build partnerships between government, industry, science and civil society. They put knowledge, technology and finance into action to meet the challenges facing the ocean, and enable production and sustainable use to go hand in hand so that the ocean can continue to provide for the needs of future generations.

Voluntary commitments are the core of the Our Ocean conferences, created to generate significant and meaningful actions towards a clean, healthy and productive ocean. Previous conferences have resulted in nearly two thousand commitments. Governments, organizations and businesses are encouraged to announce new and far-reaching actions to the best of our ocean at this year’s conference. Commitments should have significant impact, be measurable, and have a clear timeframe.