Palau first lady Debbie Remengesau joined first lady Akie Abe and a group of influential women at the “Leading Women in Ocean Forum” in Yokohama, Japan, on Nov. 6 to discuss ways on how women can play a critical role in creating solutions to protect the ocean environment.
Keeping the momentum going, The Leading Women for the Ocean Network was launched during the event. This newly designed platform of the world’s top female leaders aims to bring the leaders together, through the wisdom and power of women, to lead ocean conservation activities to protect and conserve the ocean for generations to come.
Besides Remengesau and Abe, the forum was also attended by Maria Damanaki, global managing director of The Nature Conservancy, and Minako Iue, president of Sailors for the Sea – Japan.
They also discussed the dire challenges facing the world’s ocean including fisheries, plastic pollution and illegal, unregulated and unlicensed fishing.
Remengesau, a new member of The Leading Women for the Ocean Network, expressed her appreciation and commitments to bring about change and promote messages of sustainability. “As mothers, we are passionate about providing a good environment to sustain our children and future generations,” she stated.
Through the network, the women leaders plan to convene several times in spring 2020 leading up to Our Ocean 2020 in Palau.
The “Leading Women in Ocean Forum” was also attended by president/CEO of Pacifico Yokohama Kozue Nakayama, former Indonesia minister of Marine Affairs and Fisheries Susi Pudjiastuti, Walton Family Foundation program officer Teresa Ish and president of Ocean Policy Research Institute SPF Dr. Atsushi Sunami.
The Leading Women for the Ocean Network is founded by Abe and Damanaki. (PR)