World Oceans Day History

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sideWorld Oceans Day History 

World Oceans Day was officially established by the United Nations General Assembly in 2008 to be celebrated worldwide on 8th of June annually to resolve the ocean issues and save ocean water. Earlier it was celebrating unofficially every year on 8th of June after the first proposal of it in 1992 by the Canada at “Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil”. It has been started celebrating on international level by the collaboration of The Ocean Project and the World Ocean Network.

It was celebrated first time in the year 2009 on 8th of June after the official declaration of World Oceans Day in 2008 by the United Nations General Assembly in the resolution 63/111, paragraph 171.

The celebration of this event was initiated by the collaboration of many countries worldwide. Oceans are the critical part of biosphere and essential element for the food security and life survival on the earth. World Oceans Day event provides an opportunity to all to combat with the current challenges spoiling the ocean cycle.

Why do we celebrate World Oceans Day?

• To remind everyone of the major role the oceans have in everyday life. They are the lungs of our planet, providing most of the oxygen we breathe.

  • To inform the public of the impact of human actions on the ocean.
  •  To develop a worldwide movement of citizens for the ocean.
  • To mobilize and unite the world’s population on a project for the sustainable management of the world’s oceans. 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.

Pacific Islanders call for tougher UN ocean laws (2)

Pacific Islanders call for tougher UN ocean laws

Declaration from 16 states to be presented to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon during September climate summit

By Sophie Yeo

IUCNIUCNThe Pacific Islands say they will push for an agreement on ocean conservation at UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon’s climate summit in September.

The Palau Declaration is the product of four days of discussions, which wrap up today, between Pacific Island states at their annual Forum. “As Leaders of the Pacific Islands Forum, we have and will continue to play a central role in the stewardship of one of the greatest natural endowments in the world – the Pacific Ocean,” says the Declaration.




Current Issue: Africa Water & Sanitation & Hygiene March-April 2017 Vol.12 No.2