Secretary Kerry at the Our Oceans Conference

Secretary Kerry provides closing remarks while Ocean Champions Senegalese Foreign Minister Mankeur Ndiaye, Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop,Norwegian Foreign Minister Børge Brende, Karmenu Vella of the European Commission, and U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse look on during closing of 2016 O

Secretary Kerry at the Closing Session of the Our Ocean Conference

We can come here and we can meet and we can be moved by the images and moved by the speeches and touched by the announcements, and we are. But if we just go out of here and go back to business as usual, we’re not going to win this battle. And I think everyone here, as an ocean champion, completely understands that.

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