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Ambassador Stuart Beck's Call to Action
Mr. Stuart Beck, Ambassador of Oceans and Seas for Palau expressed his deep gratitude to Member States for adopting a dedicated goal for Oceans and Seas and calls upon the International Community to re-double their efforts in creating sanctuaries around the world. Under his leadership, the Ocean Sanctuary Alliance has made the issue of sanctuaries as its primary mission. The target calls for the conservation of at least 10% of coastal and marine areas by 2020.
The Global Partnerships Forum and the Ocean Sanctuary Alliance have entered into a strategic partnership to launch 10x20 in order to achieve this goal.
Mr. Mark Newhouse, Chairman of OSA, warmly welcomes this initiative and thanked Ambassador Beck for his leadership in engaging government leaders, policy makers, as well as the private sector and civil society.
Mr. Amir Dossal, Chairman of the GPF, stated, "We are very grateful for Ambassador Beck's leadership and his strong commitment to help Pacific Island States create sustainable societies through partnerships".