A Voice for Our Ocean

Media Advisory: Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry Joins International Ocean and Climate Summit

English Español Français Deutsch Italiano Português русский বঙ্গীয় 中文 日本語

WHAT: John Kerry, U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for Climate, will speak at the Ocean-Climate Ambition Summit in one of his first appearances at an international forum as the newly appointed Special Presidential Envoy for Climate.

Countries from around the world are coming together at the Ocean-Climate Ambition Summit to identify priorities and next steps to advance ocean-climate issues at COP26 in Glasgow. Ocean-based climate solutions can provide up to one fifth of the necessary emissions reductions to limit climate change to 1.5°C, and the countries attending the Summit, led by the Friends of the Ocean and Climate countries, are dedicated to leveraging ocean solutions and increasing overall climate ambition to protect the ocean.

After introductory remarks from Janis Searles Jones, Ocean Conservancy CEO, and Elizabeth Cousens, United Nations Foundation President and CEO, Special Envoy Kerry will join his international peers—including Lord Zac Goldsmith (UK), Minister Andrés Allamand (Chile), Minister Andrea Meza (Costa Rica), and many others—to set the tone for ocean and climate action in 2021.

For more information, visit:

WHEN: January 26 and 27, 3:00-7:00pm EST each day

WHO: The Summit is hosted by Belgium, Belize, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Fiji, France, Indonesia, Norway, Panama, Spain and Sweden.

Government ministers from the following countries will speak: United States, Fiji, Sweden, United Kingdom, Chile, Belgium, Panama, Seychelles, Costa Rica, Canada, France, Indonesia, Spain and Denmark.

Nonprofit organizers and speakers include: Ocean Conservancy, United Nations Foundation, NRDC, Pew, EDF, Rare, AIDA, The Blue Carbon Initiative,, Conservation International, IUCN and the Because the Ocean initiative.

You can find the full agenda and list of speakers here:

WHERE: To register, visit:


Media Contacts

Ocean Conservancy

Cody Sullivan, [email protected]

UN Foundation

Megan Rabbitt, [email protected]

About Ocean Conservancy

Ocean Conservancy is working to protect the ocean from today’s greatest global challenges. Together with our partners, we create science-based solutions for a healthy ocean and the wildlife and communities that depend on it. For more information, visit, or follow us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

About the UN Foundation

The UN Foundation brings together ideas, people, and resources to help the United Nations drive global progress and tackle urgent problems. Our hallmark is to collaborate for lasting change and innovate to address humanity’s greatest challenges. Learn more at

Back to Top Up Arrow