All life on Earth depends on the ocean, which regulates our climate and provides food to billions.

The United States is partnering with Palau to host the seventh Our Ocean Conference April 13–14, 2022, in Koror, Palau, in the Pacific island nation of over 200 volcanic and coral islands. Palau will be the first small-island developing state to host the conference.

Leaders from the private and public sectors will commit to actions to protect the ocean and address issues such as plastic pollution and illegal fishing.

Several U.S. government representatives have spoken about the importance of ocean sustainability.

Water flowing between two large icebergs (© Cavan Images/Alamy)
Icebergs in Ilulissat, Greenland, in October 2021 (© Cavan Images/Alamy)

“Fifty-one percent of the [planet’s oxygen] comes from the ocean and yet we humans are currently altering the chemistry of the ocean faster and more than it has been altered in millions of years.” — Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry

Trash-strewn beach with city skyline in background (© Luis Accosta/AFP/Getty Images)
Plastic trash and debris cover the beach at Costa del Este in Panama City in June 2020. (© Luis Accosta/AFP/Getty Images)

“It’s estimated that we add between eight and fourteen million tons of plastic pollution to the ocean every single year. That’s about one truckload dumped in the sea every minute of every day, and that rate is increasing, not decreasing.” — Secretary of State Antony Blinken

People on beach using lever to move grounded wooden boat (© Munir uz Zaman/AFP/Getty Images)(© Munir uz Zaman/AFP/Getty Images)
Fishermen try to lift a stranded boat after fishing in the Bay of Bengal at Teknaf, Bangladesh, in March. (© Munir uz Zaman/AFP/Getty Images)

“The world’s ocean basins are critical to the success of our Nation and, indeed, to life on Earth. The ocean powers our economy, provides food for billions of people … and regulates weather patterns and our global climate system.” — President Joseph R. Biden

Fishing boat on the water at night with seagulls flying near it (© Yasin Akgul/AFP/Getty Images)
A fishing boat returns from the sea to a fish market in Istanbul on September 1, 2020. September 1 marks the end of the seasonal fishing ban and the official opening of the fishing season across Turkey. (© Yasin Akgul/AFP/Getty Images)

“We have to care about what’s in the ocean, what’s on the ocean, what we’re putting in the ocean, and what we’re taking out of the ocean.” — Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry