Cork summit keynote address

Determined environmentalist and former presidential candidate John Kerry Determined environmentalist and former presidential candidate John Kerry

Former US Secretary of State John Kerry has been announced as a keynote speaker at Ireland’s flagship blue economy conference ‘Our Ocean Wealth’ at City Hall Cork on June 9th & 10th.

The determined environmentalist and former presidential candidate is visiting Ireland to share his insight on climate change and the action required to sustainably and effectively manage our oceans to ensure the health of our planet.

Our Ocean Wealth Summit sponsored by PWC will welcome more than 30 representatives from island states around the world to Cork this year, including senior political representatives from island nations in the Pacific, the Caribbean, and the Indian Ocean, as well as more than 500 national and international delegates.

Welcoming the UN Secretary General’s Special Envoy for the Ocean, Peter Thomson, and delegations from Small Island Development States (SIDS), An Tánaiste Simon Coveney said, “As an island nation, Ireland is committed to managing our ocean wealth in a sustainable and efficient way, and we have so much in common with island nations around the globe. I am particularly delighted to welcome representatives from island nations to the Our Ocean Wealth Summit in Cork this year, and look forward to important and fruitful discussions on the balance required to manage our collective blue economies while safeguarding our most precious natural resources.”

With a particular focus on international cooperation, Our Ocean Wealth Summit will bring together a unique mix of national experts and policy makers with representatives from island nations. Participants will discuss the unique challenges faced by island nations, share stories of island life and identity, connections to the ocean, historical links and new partnerships.

By Jake Frith

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