Travel to Valparaíso, Chile, and Port-au-Prince, Haiti, October 5-6, 2015

Photos from the trip»

Secretary Kerry was in Valparaíso, Chile, on October 5 to attend the second Our Ocean conference, hosted by the government of Chile. He and Chilean Foreign Minister Heraldo Muñoz also participated in a town hall meeting with students entitled, “Taking Action for Our Ocean.”

Secretary Kerry hosted the inaugural Our Ocean conference in Washington, DC, in June 2014. As with that meeting, the Valparaíso event brought together heads of state, experts, business leaders, NGO advocates, and others to tackle critical ocean issues including sustainable fisheries, marine pollution, ocean acidification, and the creation of marine protected areas.

In Valparaíso, Secretary Kerry highlighted the progress made on commitments from last year’s Our Ocean conference. He also announced a series of new initiatives and reiterate his call to action towards a healthy and sustainable ocean.

In response to the invitation of Haitian President Michel Martelly, Secretary Kerry stopped in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, on October 6 during his return to Washington. He met with President Martelly, who were accompanied by other senior Haitian officials.

Discussions focused on Haiti’s preparations for its upcoming elections.


10/06/15 Joint Press Availability With Haitian President Michel Martelly;  Secretary of State John Kerry; Port au Prince, Haiti
10/05/15 Background Briefing: Previewing Secretary Kerry's Trip to Haiti; Via Teleconference



10/05/15 Remarks at the Our Ocean Conference High-Level Segment;  Secretary of State John Kerry; Valparaiso, Chile
10/05/15 Remarks With Chilean President Michelle Bachelet at the Opening of the Small Business Development Center;  Secretary of State John Kerry; Valparaiso, Chile
10/05/15 Our Ocean Town Hall Event in Valparaiso, Chile;  Secretary of State John Kerry; Valparaiso, Chile
10/05/15 Remarks at the Opening of the 2015 Our Ocean Conference;  Secretary of State John Kerry; Valparaiso, Chile
10/04/15 Background Briefing on the Our Ocean Conference; En Route to Valparaiso, Chile

Press Releases

10/07/15 Our Ocean 2015 Conference Results; Office of the Spokesperson; Washington, DC
10/05/15 United States Announcements at Our Ocean 2015; Office of the Spokesperson; Washington, DC
10/05/15 Department of State Announces 3rd Annual Fishackathon and Call for Problem Statements; Office of the Spokesperson; Washington, DC
10/05/15 Updates on Commitments Made at Our Ocean 2014; Office of the Spokesperson; Washington, DC


10/06/15  October 06 - Tuesday
10/04/15  October 04 - Sunday