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World Ocean Day 2014: Together we have the power to protect the ocean

© Joe Bunni

Each year, World Oceans Day (8 June) is an opportunity to raise global awareness of the challenges faced by the international community in connection with the ocean.

It is essential to sustainable development: the ocean is the source of life and continues to play a crucial role in the lives of seven billion human beings. Several million people depend directly on the oceans for their food, travel and work. It is the Earth’s main lung, providing most of the oxygen we breathe, and is at the center of the planet’s climate processes.

On 10 June 2014, UNESCO will celebrate World Oceans Day with a day of events highlighting the organization’s multidisciplinary approach to work on ocean-related issues. The main objective of the day is to demonstrate how, by combining our efforts, each of us can contribute to the mitigation of threats to the ocean, and how we can change our relationship with the ocean to a mutually beneficial interaction.


- Press conference on ocean partnerships
Main stakeholders: UNESCO, Government of France, Tara Expedition, Océanopolis, Nausicaa. 9:00-10:00, room III.
Presentation of shared committments by the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC-UNESCO) and civil society and of joint projects in 2014-2015.
This press conference will provide an opportunity to launch the “Océan & Climat” Civil Society Platform for the 2015 United Nations Conference on Climate Change (COP 21) ; brief the press on the milestone events of the COP 21 preparation process; and present joint projects.

- Information Session for Permanent Delegations on the 2001 Convention on the Protection of the Underwater Cultural Heritage
10:00-13:00, Room II.

- Exhibit by Deyrolle Pour l’Avenir on the ocean
All day, Espace Miro 3
Showcase of their newest collection of teaching materials on the ocean, protected marine species, and the Mediterranean region.

- Hands-on science education workshop & tour of the Deyrolle exhibit
10:00-11:30, middle-school students, Espace Miro 3
Young students will carry out scientific experiments on water Ph and Salinity, and discuss current ocean-related issues with experts, such as ocean acidification or plastic pollution. The students will also tour the exhibit on the ocean with Deyrolle president Louis Albert de Broglie.

- Inaugural edition of the Campus OPEN UNESCO Jeunes
15:00-17:00, high school students, Room II
Pendant ce premier panel sur le thème « une planète, un océan », les ONG partenaires de l’Organisation et les experts de l’UNESCO présenteront les enjeux actuels liés à l’océan, les actions de l’UNESCO, de la société civile et la nécessité d’un comportement citoyen.
Il s’agit de la première édition de Campus Open UNESCO Jeunes, organisée avec le soutien de la fondation GDF-Suez.

- UNESCO & the ocean: Illustration of UNESCO’s contribution to the Aichi Targets for Ocean Conservation under the Convention on Biological Diversity
17:30 – 19:00 UNESCO Cafeteria (to be confirmed)


Type of Event Special Event
Start 10.06.2014 09:00 local time
End 10.06.2014 19:00 local time
Date to be fixed 0
Focal point Herve-Smadja, Rejane
Country France
City Paris
Venue UNESCO Headquarters (various rooms)
Street 7 place de Fontenoy
Room Room II, Room Miro 3
Permanent Delegation Contact Permanent Delegation of the French Republic to UNESCO
Major Programme
Language of Event English, French
Estimated number of participants
Official Website
Link 1 World Oceans Day 2014
Link 2 Exhibition: Observe and understand in order to preserve
Link 3
Link 4


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