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Tuesday, 7 June 2016

World Oceans Day 2016, June 8

Всемирный день океанов, 8 июня.  
World Oceans Day, June 8.
 Día Mundial de los Océanos, 8 de junio.
Journée mondiale de l’océan, 8 juin.
يوم العالمي للمحيطات ,8 يونيو.

Theme 2016 : Healthy oceans, healthy planet.
Тема в 2016 году: Здоровые океаны, здоровая планета.
Tema 2016 : Unos océanos sanos, un planeta sano.
Thème 2016 : Océan sain, planète saine.
موضوع عام 2016— محيطات صحية تعني كوكبا صحيا


Healthy oceans are critical to sustaining life on Earth. They regulate the climate and provide a wide range of services, including natural resources, nutritious food and jobs that benefit billions of people.

In order to protect the health of our oceans, it is crucial for us to know their current state, and understand the impact that human activities and climate change are having on them.  This past December, the General Assembly welcomed the First Global Integrated Marine Assessment, a truly global scientific evaluation of the state of the world’s oceans. We now know that although the oceans are seemingly endless, their capacity to withstand human activities is limited, particularly as they also cope with the threats posed by climate change. Urgent action on a global scale is needed to alleviate the world’s oceans from the many pressures they face, and to protect them from future dangers that may tip them beyond the limits of their carrying capacity.

Last year, in adopting the landmark 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, Member States underscored that healthy and productive oceans will play a crucial role in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. Healthy oceans will also play an essential role in climate change adaptation and mitigation, as we strive to implement the Paris Agreement.

On this World Oceans Day, let us all commit to protecting our oceans and using their gifts peacefully, equitably and sustainably for generations to come. Healthy oceans are essential for a healthy planet and a healthy future for all.

Ban Ki-moon

Forum :  World Oceans Day - June 8th

The official designation of World Oceans Day by the United Nations is an opportunity to raise global awareness of the benefits derived from the oceans and the current challenges faced by the international community in connection with the oceans. The day is intended to provide an opportunity for people to reflect and emphasize the benefits that the oceans can provide and our individual and collective duty to interact with oceans in a sustainable manner so as to meet current needs without compromising those of future générations.

Events :  The United Nations celebrates World Oceans Day every year on June 8.

Location : Empire State Building

Each year on the evening of World Oceans Day, the Empire State Building is lit in the World Oceans Day colours of white, blue and purple, representing the different layers of the ocean.

Location : United Nations Headquarters

The following activities are planned to celebrate World Oceans Day 2016 at the United Nations Headquarters:

 As part of the celebrations, the Office of Legal Affairs, Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea organizes several events and hosts a reception at United Nations Headquarters in New York City, where the Secretary-General’s Annual World Oceans Day Message is delivered and the winners of the Annual World Oceans Day Oceanic Photo Competition are announced.
Wednesday,  8 June 2016

10am to 1:30pm - ''He Lei Holo Puni Honua: Presentation of Declarations Ceremony & Sail of Friendship,” hosted by the Polynesian Voyaging Society  (due to space limitations,  this event is by invitation only).

This World Oceans Day, the traditional Polynesian voyaging canoe from the Pacific, Hōkūle‘a, will arrive at the United Nations for the first time in history.  This is a rare moment to share how the oceans unite us and to hear first-hand stories of the state of the ocean and of coastal people shared by these courageous voyagers.  A traditional Hawaiian ceremony will be held dockside and onboard during which the Secretary-General or his designate will be presented with a set of declarations gathered by the crew, which has been sailing across our oceans to support the global movement toward a more sustainable world. This will be followed by a sail of the Hōkūle‘a on the East River. For more information please visit:

Location: Gantry Park, Long Island City, Queens


3:30pm to 6pm - ''Voyaging to a Sustainable Planet: A Talk Story Uniting Leadership on Oceans” hosted by H.E. Tommy E. Remengesau Jr., President of Palau, in partnership with the Permanent Missions to the United Nations of Micronesia, Seychelles and Grenada. This event is open to all UN Missions and Agencies and by invitation to non-UN guests. Email for more information.

Please join the President of Palau alongside Nainoa Thompson, Master Navigator of the Hōkūle‘a’s Mālama Honua Worldwide Voyage at this unique event. This event will share important perspectives on the intersect of the ocean agenda at the United Nations.

The arrival of the Worldwide Voyage at the United Nations is being coordinated with the support from:

Permanent Missions to the United Nations of Australia, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Cuba, France, Indonesia, Italy, Mozambique, Netherlands, New Zealand, Panama, Samoa, South Africa, Sweden, Tonga, United States as well as the Global Island Partnership, Polynesian Voyaging Society, The Pew Charitable Trusts, UN-DOALOS and UN-OHRLLS.

Location: United Nations Headquarters Conference Room 1, New York City

6pm to 9:30pm - Annual World Oceans Day Reception at UN Headquarters, hosted by the Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea          

As has become custom, at this year’s Annual World Oceans Day Reception the Secretary-General’s Annual World Oceans Day Message will be delivered and the winners of the Annual World Oceans Day Oceanic Photo Competition will be announced by the multiple time contest winner Ellen Cuylaerts. The evening will also feature musical performances.

Location: United Nations Headquarters  Visitors Lobby (“Sputnik Lounge”)

This reception has been made possible thanks to the generous support of: Pew Charitable Trusts, Blancpain, and Hawaiian Airlines.

Location : Liverpool World Museum 

Our stand will include activities like Lurking Litter, Mysterious Muddy Marks, Fishing for Fishy Facts and a Marine Food Web Game. And the gang will be chatting about our ‪#‎MarineMudness‬ campaign to draw attention to the wonderful Irish Sea and all its wildlife. Only one day until World Oceans Day 2016! Come find us in the Liverpool World Museum 10am until close.
Learn more about what you can discover on our beaches, and in our oceans - all ages welcome!

Location :  UNESCO Headquarters, Paris, France .

In honour of United Nations World Oceans Day, celebrated each year on 8 June, the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO (IOC-UNESCO) will organize a full day dedicated to the Ocean. This year, under the theme of Healthy Oceans, Healthy Planet, it is promoting the prevention of plastic pollution.
  • UNESCO Campus
  • Civil Society Round Table: The Ocean is Part of the Solutions
  • Thematic Round Table: Ocean Science Communication
  • High Level Panel: The Road to 2030

  • OceansWeek

    Location : World Ocean Network
    “Ocean Sustainability: Together let’s ensure oceans can sustain us into the future”
    Why do we celebrate World Ocean Day?
    • To remind everyone of the major part the Ocean has in everyday life. They are the lungs of our planet, providing most of the oxygen we breathe.
    • To inform the public on the impact of the human actions on the Ocean.
    • To develop a worldwide movement of citizen, towards the Ocean.
    • To mobilize and unite the world’s population on a project for the sustainable management of the World Ocean. They are a major source of food and medicines and a critical part of the biosphere.
    • To celebrate together the beauty, the wealth and the promise of the Ocean.

    Celebrate World Oceans Day :Thousands of organisations celebrated World Ocean Day over 70 countries. In 2016 you can hold your event on the theme “ Healthy Ocean, Healthy Planet”

    Location : The Ocean Project.
    This new Advisory Council will help expand the reach and impact of World Oceans Day, on June 8th, and year round. Advisory Council members will be instrumental in helping shape the development of World Oceans Day as it grows, providing new and unique perspectives, ideas, and recommendations. Together, with the Advisory Council and our growing global network of partners from all sectors and dozens of countries, we will also expand opportunities for ocean conservation throughout the year.

    Publications : 

    Ocean Noise Strategy Roadmap DRAFT.

    Ocean Noise Strategy Roadmap DRAFT

    Screeming : Ocean Noise.

    Take action and take a stand against Ocean noice.

    Streamed live on 19 May 2016
    Sonic Sea is a 60-minute documentary about the impact of industrial and military ocean noise on whales and other marine life. It tells the story of a former US Navy officer who solved a tragic mystery and changed forever the way we understand our impact on the ocean. The film is narrated by Rachel McAdams and features Sting, in addition to the renowned ocean experts Dr. Sylvia Earle, Dr. Paul Spong, Dr. Christopher Clark and Jean-Michel Cousteau. Sonic Sea was produced by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and Imaginary Forces in association with the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) and Diamond Docs.

    Join us for a live discussion with the following local experts who will share perspectives on the issue of ocean noise:

    - Robert Lewis-Manning, President, Chamber of Shipping of British Columbia
    - Kathy Heise, Research Associate, Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre
    - Orla Robinson, ECHO Program Manager, Vancouver Fraser Port Authority

    Our event is made possible by the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority.



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