World Oceans Day: 8 June 2019

Date: 
Sat 08/06/19

Celebrated each year on 8 June since 2009, World Oceans Day is an opportunity to raise global awareness of the challenges faced by the international community in connection with the oceans.

The lungs of our planet, providing most of the oxygen we breathe, the oceans are also a major source of food and medicines and a critical part of the biosphere. The concept of a 'World Oceans Day' was first proposed in 1992 at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro as a way to celebrate our world’s shared ocean and our personal connection to the sea, as well as to raise awareness about the crucial role the ocean plays in our lives and the important ways people can help protect it.

The UN General Assembly recognized the important contribution of sustainable development and management of the resources and uses of the oceans and seas to the achievement of international development goals, including those contained in the United Nations Millennium Declaration, and designated 8 June as World Oceans Day.

World Oceans Day 2018 was celebrated with the theme “Preventing Plastic Pollution and Encouraging Solutions for a Healthy Ocean”. Based around SDG 14, last year’s event encouraged individuals to reduce the amount of plastic they used in order to reduce the plastic pollution that is causing tremendous harm to our marine resources.

The theme for 2019’s World Oceans Day is “Gender and Oceans”. More details will be added to this page once they are announced.

For more information on World Oceans Day, please visit the event’s website