US Secretary of State John Kerry will speak at the Young Southeast Asian Leadership Initiative Sea and Earth Advocate Camp (SEA Camp) Summit on July 27 at the Sofitel Philippine Plaza in Manila.
The three-day SEA Camp Summit will highlight the US role in promoting action by individuals and organizations to address challenges to the marine environment in the Philippines.
The event also will serve as the launch of the US Department of State’s “1000 Our Ocean Actions” campaign in the Philippines, an initiative to document the successful solutions, inspirational stories and significant innovations powering positive change in the seas.
Secretary Kerry will meet with leaders of the US Agency for International Development Philippines marine conservation initiatives and interact with 40 outstanding alumni of US Embassy-sponsored SEA Camps to learn about the success of SEA Campers’ marine conservation projects and encourage the youth leaders to undertake new efforts.
An advocate for ocean protection, he has been hosting international Our Ocean conferences since 2014.
The third Our Ocean conference, which will be held September 15-16, 2016 in Washington, D.C., will continue to draw international attention to serious threats facing the world’s oceans, and to commit to concrete action around the globe to support marine conservation and sustainable development.
The US Department of State and Georgetown University’s Walsh School of Foreign Service are co-hosting the “Our Ocean, One Future: Youth Leadership Summit” as an integral part of the Our Ocean conference.
Two SEA Camp alums present at this summit, Anna Oposa and Rex AbqaryAlon, will attend this conference.