06.06.2014 - UNESCO Office in Brasilia

UNESCO message for the World Ocean Day - “One Planet, One Ocean”, together we have the power to protect the ocean

Message from Ms Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO on the occasion of World Ocean Day, 8 June, 2014.

 

“One Planet, One Ocean”, together we have the power to protect the ocean

The importance of the ocean for sustainable development was recognized at the 2012 International Conference on Sustainable Development, and it lies at the heart of negotiations within the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. World Ocean Day is an opportunity to celebrate the importance of the ocean for life on earth and to stand up for its protection.

At a time of rising threats, ‘business as usual’ is no longer acceptable -- we must change how we understand, manage and use ocean resources and coastal areas. For this, we need to know more about the ocean and draw on stronger science to craft sustainable, ecosystem-based policies for the ocean and coasts.




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