dcsimg OOC Event Schedule - Life on a Sustainable Planet Skip to main content CONTENT

At Our Ocean, Smithsonian staff will participate in two key events: 

Events are subject to change. Check back frequently for the most up-to-date information regarding event times and locations. All times are local.


Achieving 30x30 through Marine Conservation and Protection 

April 17, 12:00 – 12:50 p.m. | Location: Lighthouse Room 

Hosted by the U.S. Department of State with the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and the Smithsonian Institution 

Panel Moderator: Dr. Jane Lubchenco, Deputy Director for Climate and Environment at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy  


  • Elizabeth Wilson, Senior Director of Environmental Policy, the Pew Charitable Trusts  
  • David Agnew, Executive Secretary, Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources  
  • Jose Julio Casas, Technical Secretary (Pro Tempore) of the Marine Conservation Corridor of the Eastern Tropical Pacific (CMAR), Ministry of the Environment of Panama  
  • Ana K. Spalding, Director, Adrienne Arsht Community Based Resilience Solutions Initiative, Smithsonian Institution 

The United States and partners will discuss pathways toward achieving conservation of 30% of the global ocean by 2030 (30×30).  Panelists will focus on approaches at multiple levels and in areas within and beyond national jurisdiction (the high seas). The panelists will speak to the global level (e.g., the BBNJ Agreement and other tools, including OECMs), the regional process to establish marine protected areas (MPAs) in the high seas through the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR), regional coordination to establish MPAs within areas of national jurisdiction and across countries through the Marine Conservation Corridor of the Eastern Tropical Pacific (CMAR), and the science behind these processes, including impacts and contributions of people, particularly Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities.   



Ten Years of the Our Ocean Conference: Commitments Lead to Real Ocean Protection 

April 17, 3:30 – 4:20 p.m. | Location: Book Tower 

Hosted by Oregon State University with the UN Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC), Marine Conservation Institute, IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas and the Smithsonian Institution 

Welcome: Kirsten Grorud-Colvert, Associate Professor Senior Research, Oregon State University  


  • Jenna Sullivan-Stack, Research Associate, Oregon State University 
  • Ana Spalding, Director, Adrienne Arsht Community-Based Resilience Solutions Initiative, Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute  
  • Emanuel Gonçalves, Chief Scientist and Member of the Board of the Oceano Azul Foundation  

Closing Remarks: The Honorable Secretary John Kerry (TBC) 

Discussion moderated by Kirsten Grorud-Colvert 

Since its inception ten years ago, the Our Ocean Conference (OOC) has brought together leaders in ocean action to make commitments and, importantly, to report on their progress on these commitments. In this side event, we will bring together an international group of leaders to discuss the contributions to ocean protection made from OOC commitments over the last 10 years. Speakers will highlight key commitments made in the marine protected area (MPA) and other area-based management (ABM) themes, sharing insights from their own work implementing effective ocean protection.