Oceans Day @ IOC

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Celebrating World Oceans Day 2015 at UNESCO Headquarters.

The IOC is firmly committed to celebrating World Oceans Day every 8 June. For us, as for the UN System, countries and society as a whole, World Oceans Day is an occasion to raise awareness on the protection of the ocean and to discuss ways to further develop and share scientific knowledge on ocean-related issues.

We have actively observed previous editions of World Oceans Day at UNESCO Headquarters. In 2014, the programme included the official launch of the Ocean and Climate Platform, bringing together representatives from the research community and civil society with the aim of placing the ocean at the heart of the climate change debate and post-COP21 international climate regime. In 2015, a major full-day celebration was organized, including 4 scientific workshops, 3 round tables, a UNESCO Campus for youth and a concluding high-level political segment with Heads of State (Monaco, Seychelles, Palau), ministers and ambassadors. The event was recognized as an official COP21 event.

In honour of World Oceans Day 2016, themed “Healthy Ocean, Healthy Planet”, the IOC is organizing round tables, exhibitions and a UNESCO Campus for youth, as well as our traditional Roger Revelle Memorial Lecture dedicated this year to the issue of ocean acidification. The aim is to continue the momentum established by the global agreements on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement in the lead up to COP22 in Marrakech.

By bringing together the scientific community, Member State representatives, political decision makers, as well as civil society and youth representatives, World Oceans Day activities at UNESCO Headquarters provide a unique framework for action and initiative aimed at protecting marine ecosystems.

On this 8 June, we at the IOC invite you to renew our collective commitment to working towards building a planet where society will live sustainably with and benefit from a healthy and productive ocean. Come join us!

Programme – UNESCO Headquarters




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