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MEDIA ADVISORY: U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry to Join Ocean Side Event Ahead of Leaders Summit on Climate

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WHAT: U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry will join global leaders at a virtual side event hosted by Friends of the Ocean and Climate countries ahead of President Biden’s Leaders Summit on Climate.

Ocean-based climate solutions can provide up to one fifth of the necessary emissions reductions to limit climate change to 1.5°C. The countries attending the event, How Ocean-Based Solutions Contribute to Net Zero,  are dedicated to leveraging ocean solutions and increasing overall climate ambition to protect the ocean. Speakers will demonstrate their commitment to ambitious ocean-climate action and highlight how they are advancing ocean-based solutions in the run-up to COP26 in Glasgow this November.

WHEN: April 20, 3:00pm EST

WHO: The UN Foundation and Ocean Conservancy are co-organizing the event led by the Friends of the Ocean and Climate countries.

Speakers will include:

  • U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John F. Kerry
  • U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm
  • H.E. President David Kabua of the Republic of the Marshall Islands
  • H.E. Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama of Fiji
  • H.E. Minister of Foreign Affairs of Chile Andrés Allamand
  • H.E. Minister for the Pacific and the Environment Lord Zac Goldsmith of the United Kingdom
  • H.E. Minister of Climate and Environment of Norway Mr. Sveinung Rotevatn
  • H.E. Minister of Justice and the North Sea of Belgium Vincent Van Quickenborne
  • H.E.  Minister of Environment and Energy of Costa Rica Andrea Meza Murillo
  • H.E. Minister of Agriculture, Climate Change and Environment of Seychelles Flavien Joubert
  • Governor of the State of Hawaii David Ige
  • Deputy Director-General for Engineering Affairs, Maritime Bureau, Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, Mr. Hideaki Saito, Japan
  • Dr. Jane Lubchenco, Deputy Director of Climate and Environment, Office of Science and Technology Policy, United States

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 is an independent charitable organization created to be a strategic partner for the United Nations to address humanity’s greatest challenges, build initiatives across sectors to solve problems at scale, and drive global progress. Learn more at

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