The World Oceans Day being observed
to remind everyone of the major role the
oceans have in everyday life.
The purpose of the Day is to inform the public of the impact
of human actions on the ocean, develop a worldwide movement of citizens for the
ocean, and 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.
Action focus for 2018: preventing plastic pollution and
encouraging solutions for a healthy ocean
Plastic pollution is causing tremendous harm to our marine
80% of all pollution in the ocean comes from people on land.
8 million tonnes of plastic per year ends up in the ocean,
wreaking havoc on wildlife, fisheries and tourism.
Plastic pollution costs the lives of 1 million seabirds and
100,000 marine mammals per year.
Fish eat plastic, and we eat the fish.
Plastic causes $8 billion in damage to marine ecosystems
As in previous years since 2014, the Division for Ocean
Affairs and the Law of the Sea is recognizing on 8 June the winners of the
Annual World Oceans Day Oceanic Photo Competition in an event at United Nations
Oceans and the
Sustainable Development Goals:
The Declaration of World Oceans Day in 2008 catalysed action
Twenty-five years after the first Oceans Day took place in
Rio de Janeiro at UNCED, a special event on June 8th marked its celebration
during the United Nations Ocean Conference held from 5-9 June 2017.
The Ocean Conference was convened to support the
implementation of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 14 of the 2030 Agenda for
Sustainable Development: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and
marine resources for sustainable development.