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To Celebrate The World Ocean Day,
The Government of Indonesia launches official website of OOC 2018


JAKARTA (7/6) - Coinciding with the World Ocean Day on June 8th, the Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries (KKP/MMAF) and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Kemlu/MoFA) of the Republic of Indonesia launch the official website of Our Ocean Conference (OOC) at ourocean2018.org on Friday (8/6). The website will provide various information of OOC 2018 that will be held in Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia, on the upcoming 29th - 30th of October.

OOC 2018 is the fifth since it was first held in 2014 in Washington DC. In this conference, global ocean stakeholders will meet to discuss ocean issues, and seek solutions for these issues through declarations of commitments from countries, international organizations, NGOs, the private sector, and public figures.

Through the theme "Our Ocean, Our Legacy", OOC 2018 will emphasizes the importance of ocean health and sustainability for the present and future generation. The Conference will discuss efforts to realize a healthy ocean, safeguarding the security and rights of the sea, and the sustainability of ocean resources.

Minister of MMAF, Susi Pudjiastuti invites all of world leaders, ocean observers and enthusiasts to take a part on OOC 2018.

"I would like to invite everybody, all leader, all ocean lovers, all ocean friends to come to Bali, to Our Ocean Conference on 29th and 30th of October 2018," said Minister Susi.

OOC 2018 will discuss efforts to protect the ocean, conserve the resources of the ocean, and gain sustainable business from it.

"We will also review all countries commitments that have been pledged before and gathers new commitments from countries in order to ensure our ocean health sea and sustainable for our children, for the next generation," she concluded.

The same message also comes from Minister of Foreign Affairs, Retno Marsudi. Minister Retno said the OOC 2018 will gather various stakeholders, including ministers, international organizations, academics, and public figures.

"This conference will gather the commitments from cross sectors to find the best solutions for a healthier ocean. No matter who you are, no matter where you live, ocean is an important part of our life. It is our shared responsibility to protect our ocean,"

One of the efforts to maintain the health of the ocean is to ensure that the ocean is free of marine debris. As is known, marine debris can adversely affect marine ecosystems, including coral reefs. Therefore, in connection with World Environment Day and Coral Triangle Day commemorations on 5th and 9th June every year, and in celebration of World Ocean Day, MMAF and various stakeholders urged the entire community to reduce the use of plastics by commencing the signing of a commitment to support the reduction of marine debris in Sanur, Bali on October 7, 2018.

The coral triangle is a geographic terminology of over 6,500,000 km² of water, with over 600 species of coral reefs and covering 76% of all species of coral reefs in the world, the most fertile marine ecosystem. This was conveyed by the Director General of PRL, Brahmantya Satyamurti Poerwadi.

"Maintaining aquatic environments including coral reefs, sea grass beds, mangrove forests and fish is the responsibility of all people. The existence of marine debris can interfere living creatures in the water and can affect the ocean tourism industry. Free Plastics Ocean is Indonesia's commitment that requires cooperation of all people," said Brahmantya.

Our Ocean Conference 2018 will reflect Indonesia’s strong commitment to protect the ocean, and make it healthier.