Above video opened the 4th International #OurOcean conference (Malta, 5-6 October 2017). During this high-level event, global leaders announced new commitments on: marine pollution, marine protected areas, maritime security, sustainable blue economy, sustainable fisheries and climate change.
After the United States of America and Chile, the European Union is proud to have hosted the "Our Ocean, an Ocean for Life" conference, at the initiative of High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini and European Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Karmenu Vella.
This year's event also discussed the newly added topics of maritime security and the blue economy. IMO joined the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in a side-event, organized by the One Earth Foundation, which launched a newly developed "maritime security index". The index aims to measure and map a range of threats to maritime governance and the capacity of nations to counter these threats.