After the United States of America and Chile, the European Union is proud to host the 4th edition of the "Our Ocean" conference, at the initiative of High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini and European Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Karmenu Vella.
It's a fact that lifejackets - when worn correctly - save fishermen's lives. In this short film, a fisherman from Northern Ireland tells us how he owes his life to the lifejacket he was wearing, supplied a month previously by a Joint Initiative co-funded by the European Fisheries Fund.
The IMP was launched just two years ago and is already revolutionising the way in which we manage maritime affairs in Europe.
We cannot begin to forecast the future behaviour of our seas and oceans unless we understand the past.