IUCN’s 2016 World Conservation Congress is an international conference that will take place in Honolulu, Hawaii, 1 – 10 September. Held once every four years, the Congress brings together several thousand leaders and global decision-makers from government, civil society, indigenous peoples, corporations, and academia, with the goal of conserving the environment and harnessing nature’s power to solve global challenges. The theme “Planet at the Crossroads” aligns with the urgency of the Mālama Honua Worldwide Voyage to catalyze action towards a sustainable future.

The Pacific Ocean Summit at the IUCN World Conservation Congress in Honolulu, on the 1st September 2016, will be hosted by the Governor of Hawaii, IUCN and the Office of the Pacific Ocean Commissioner. It will partner with the Global Island Partnership and other key organizations. It will bring together the Pacific Island leaders (countries and territories), Governors and Mayors from cities and states on the Pacific Rim and CEOs.

Wa’a (Traditional Double Hulled Canoes) from Hawai’i will arrive on the beach in Waikiki at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Resort with Pacific Island leaders for a traditional welcome on the beach. The canoes represent the voices of the Pacific communities and join the Hōkūle’a and the Mālama Honua voyage in a call for a sustainable Pacific Ocean and a sustainable planet.

Our Commitments

The summit seeks ongoing and new commitments from Pacific Island leaders, Mayors and Governors and CEO’s that mitigate climate change and act for a sustainable Pacific Ocean.

Similar to the Pacific Island leader’s 2013 Majuro declaration, the 2015 Suva and Pacific leaders declarations, Bloomberg’s Mayors commitments at the United Nations, this Pacific-driven initiative invites commitments on additional areas of importance including, but not limited to, reducing emissions, renewable energy, planning and governance of large marine protected areas, reducing the use of plastics and building community resilience.

Our Legacy

The legacy of the Pacific Ocean Summit is a global one. The health of the Pacific Ocean impacts not only all the communities adjacent to, and within the Pacific, but the entire world. As the world’s largest ocean, every economy and every ecosystem has some level of connectivity to the Pacific.

1. 2030 Pacific Ocean Partnership

The planet needs new partnerships to deliver on the extraordinary actions required to avoid severe impacts from climate change and biodiversity loss. The Pacific Ocean Summit launches the first 2030 Ocean partnership for action on the world’s biggest ocean and will continue to convene every 3 years and bring more countries, cities, provinces, states, and businesses into the partnership for delivery of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 14 by 2030.

2. Actions on Climate Change

Significantly scaling up on renewable energy & reducing emissions

3. Actions for a healthy Ocean and reducing stresses / threats

  • Reducing plastics and pollution
  • Building community resilience and knowledge networks
  • Strengthening coastal resilience – restoration of watersheds, wetlands, mangroves, and seagrass beds
  • Establishing and enforcing status of protected and managed areas

4. A Pacific Ocean Resilience Fund

The Summit also hopes to sustain its efforts through the establishment of a Pacific Ocean Resilience Fund to help implement the commitments, maintain a coordination mechanism in Hawai’i and continue building and supporting strong leadership from all parties.

Actions and Partnerships

The summit seeks ongoing and new commitments from Pacific Island leaders, Mayors and Governors and CEOs that mitigate climate change and act for a sustainable Pacific Ocean.


Climate Change Actions

A Shift from Fossil Fuels – Renewable Energy and Reducing Emissions

  • Renewable Energy: Commitments towards 2020, 2030 and 100% renewable energy targets and specific actions to reduce the use of fossil fuels for power generation and all sectors of transportation.
  • Emissions: Reductions in emissions associated with fossil fuel use and other human activities for 2020 and 2030.


Financing – Pacific Ocean Resilience Fund

Developing a permanent financial mechanism that supports protected areas commitments, coastal resilience and innovative fisheries management in the Pacific island countries, and attracts additional investment from other sources to significantly impact challenges and threats to a healthy Pacific Ocean.


Increase Ocean Actions

Reducing Marine Pollution, Debris and Plastics

  • Plastics: Implementing policy and legislation to ban the use of plastic packaging, reduce single-use packaging in supply chains, and limit plastic debris and waste.
  • Pollution: reducing chemical runoff from agriculture and on-shore development activities.

Building Coastal Resilience and Food Security through watershed management, restoration and management of coastal ecosystems such as wetlands, mangroves, and seagrass beds.

  • Restoration of watersheds: implement biodiversity safeguards, and improve/secure quality of water flowing into oceans.
  • Restoration and management of ecosystems: coastal wetlands, mangroves and seagrass beds.

Building resilient coastal communities through enhanced knowledge and innovation leveraging on traditional knowledge, modern science and strong networks of communities, institutions, experts.

  • Pacific wide network: consolidate the roles and expertise of organizations and individuals linking the best research, science and lessons and traditional knowledge on the Pacific Ocean.
  • Traditional voyaging: recognizing the role of traditional voyaging and the vaka’s in reviving and reconnecting Pacific communities to the ocean – they are both a flagship and a platform for education.

Protected areas, Community-based management of marine resources, innovations in fisheries management.

  • Manage Conservation: Improve and strengthen national laws and policies, governance options, support for natural resource custodians, capacity development and financing solutions for protected areas.
  • Protected Areas: Implement larger portions of the Pacific Ocean for managed and protected areas for conservation and sustainable use.