The world’s largest marine protected area goes into force in the Ross Sea

The Department of State welcomes the entry into force of the Ross Sea Region Marine Protected Area (MPA) – the world’s largest – covering 1.55 million square kilometers (about twice the size of the State of Texas or about 7% of the Southern Ocean), of which 1.12 million square kilometers is fully protected. The Ross ...
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Our Ocean 2017 Conference – Commitments made by the United States

From OurOcean2017.org Over recent decades, our marine environments have undergone widespread deterioration. To turn this tide, the world must commit to sustainable action and invest in innovative solutions. Organised since 2014, the Our Ocean conferences are all about driving these commitments. The 2017 edition of Our Ocean hosted by the European Union in Malta, generated an unprecedented ...
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U.S. Antarctic Icebreaker visits New Zealand

While docked at Lyttelton, crew members of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star assisted the New Zealand Defence Force and the New Zealand Police throughout the night in providing assistance as needed in cordoned areas affected by the recent fire in the Christchurch Port Hills.   U.S. Antarctic Icebreaker to visit New Zealand. U.S. Embassy ...
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President Obama Announces New Policies to Promote Conservation & Build Resilience to Climate Change

The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release September 01, 2016 FACT SHEET: Obama Administration Announces New Policies to Promote Conservation and Build Resilience to Climate Change, with a focus on Pacific Islands In celebration of today’s opening of the World Conservation Congress, which the United States is hosting for the first time, President Obama ...
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Remarks of Ambassador Mark Gilbert at the 240th Anniversary of American Independence Day

Remarks of Ambassador Mark Gilbert on the Occasion of the 240th Anniversary of American Independence Day, July 7, 2016 E ngā mana E ngā reo E ngā manuhiri taiea Kia ora koutou katoa Tēnā koutou mai tōku whenua America Tēnā koutou mai tōku Rangatira Matua Barack Obama Ko ngā Rocky Mountains ōku Maunga Ko te ...
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U.S. Embassy Wellington Call for Proposals

The U.S. Embassy in Wellington announces a small grants funding opportunity of up to $5,000 USD for projects in the realm of Environment, Science, Technology, and Health. Eligibility is limited to non-profit/nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) and educational institutions within New Zealand, the Cook Islands and Niue. Proposals should demonstrate creativity, substance, and relevance to national goals ...
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From Foggy Bottom to the High Seas: Ocean Diplomacy from an Intern’s Perspective

Repost from DipNote – by Nicole B. Grajewski. In the State Department’s Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs (OES), a day in the office could mean a day onboard a traditional Polynesian double-hulled canoe with an Under Secretary of State, Foreign Service Officers, international diplomats, and the Polynesian Voyaging Society. While the inner-workings ...
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Youth Council Highlights: Discussing Cybersecurity, Gender Equality, and Climate Change

By Mara Hosoda, Public Affairs Section, U.S. Consulate, Auckland. On April 25, 2016 the Auckland Youth Council met with Ambassador Mark Gilbert.  In recognition of the recently-signed COP 21 Agreement on Climate Change, signed by 155 countries in New York on April 20, Earth Day, the group discussed climate change, especially in relation to the ...
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Protecting the Ocean’s Last Great Frontier – Ross Sea

Repost from DipNote – Posted by Judith Garber, November 24, 2015. The Ross Sea is not going to make your short list for beach vacations. It is far away.  It has no resorts.  And it is really, really cold. While this 3.6 million square kilometer expanse of Antarctic waters may not be hospitable to humans, it is ideal for many plants and animals from emperor penguins, ...
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Charting a Course Toward Pacific Climate Resiliency

Repost from DipNote by Richard Edwards. Climate change is already impacting the people of the Pacific. In Papua New Guinea, families are struggling to access water and put food on the table because of a severe drought. In Samoa, the owner of a modest beachfront resort has watched for years as her property erodes, with ...
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#ActOnClimate

On October 20, Ambassador Mark Gilbert  addressed business leaders at the Australia-New Zealand Climate Change and Business Conference in Auckland. He spoke about one of our key foreign policy priorities – mitigating climate change and working together to #ActOnClimate. Recently Secretary of State John Kerry addressed world leaders at the Our Ocean Conference in Chile, ...
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