Promoting action to build resilient and sustainable island communities

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Our Ocean of Hope: High Level Reception

Date: Tuesday 30 October 2018     
Host: President of Palau
Format: High level reception 
Venue: Our Ocean Conference, Bali, Indonesia
Guests: Strictly invitation only


Island leadership on ocean action is a beacon of hope to the world that there is the vision and determination to navigate to the future we want. These beacons are fueled by a groundswell of formidable island leaders who have launched bold, visionary and measurable commitments. From the Palau National Marine Sanctuary, Micronesia Challenge and Aloha+ Challenge in Pacific to the Caribbean Challenge Initiative, Seychelles Blue Economy Vision and Europe’s BEST Challenge, these beacons demonstrate how we can deliver in a locally and culturally appropriate way on our global agreements and Sustainable Development Goals. The growing number of beacons from islands, cities, states and countries offer hope that our children for generations to come will live healthy lives sustained by the abundant ocean that surrounds them. For this to be a reality, we need to continue to build the movement of formidable leaders and bold champions that are galvanizing long-term, deep change. Palau is hosting Our Oceans 2020 to convene the world leaders and ocean heroes that are spearheading ocean sustainability and resilience solutions.

This exclusive event will:

  • Chart the voyage from Bali to Norway, and ultimately Palau for Our Ocean 2020 in building ocean resilience
  • Celebrate special announcements and commitments by Waitt Foundation and Waitt Institute, Rare and more
  • Showcase existing alliances and partnerships that are supporting island and ocean action

Event Co-Hosts

H.E. Tommy E. Remengesau Jr., President of Palau

H.E. Vincent Meriton, Vice President of the Republic of Seychelles

The Honorable David Paul, Minister in Assistance to the President and Environment, Republic of the Marshall Islands (tbc)

The Hon. Dr. Kedrick Pickering, Deputy Premier of the British Virgin Islands


H.E. Philippe Germain, President of the Government of New Caledonia


Waitt Foundation believes that the depletion of ocean resources is one of the biggest challenges of our generation. The Foundation partners with Governments to promote Blue Prosperity through marine spatial planning and the creation of MPAs as fisheries replenishment zones. It is engaged in projects to create over 15 million km2 of protected ocean in two dozen countries. The Waitt Institute, an operating organization, is committed to working with island communities to develop and implement comprehensive, science-based, community-driven solutions for sustainable ocean management.

Oceans 5 is an international funders’ collaborative comprised of new and experienced philanthropists dedicated to protecting the world’s five oceans. We focus our investments and support on large, opportunistic projects and campaigns to establish marine reserves and constrain overfishing.

The Global Island Partnership promotes action to build resilient and sustainable island communities. We are a partnership of 80+ members that have assisted 35 leaders to launch visionary commitments and leverage more than $150m to support implementation:

Rare is the global leader in the use of behavior change to achieve conservation and development goals. We believe that the adoption of innovative fisheries management solutions that combine managed access of coastal fisheries with marine protected areas and reserves will underpin prosperity in a blue economy. By working with local communities, governments and markets, Rare accelerates positive change to scale impact nationally and globally. To learn more about Rare, please visit and follow us on Twitter: @rare_org

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