World Oceans Day

8 June
"The United Nations Ocean Decade 2021-2030 is now underway and has given rise to hundreds of innovative Ocean Decade Actions to generate a veritable ocean knowledge revolution and revitalize the ocean through collective action."
UNESCO Director-General
Audrey Azoulay Director-General of UNESCO
Message from Ms Audrey Azoulay, Director-General of UNESCO, on the occasion of World Oceans Day, 8 June 2022
8 June 2022

By its resolution 63/111 of 5 December 2008, the UN General Assembly designated 8 June as World Oceans Day.

The concept of a World Oceans Day was first proposed in 1992 at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro as a way to celebrate our world’s shared ocean and our personal connection to the sea, as well as to raise awareness about the crucial role the ocean plays in our lives and the important ways people can help protect it.

To raise awareness about the role the United Nations and international law can play in the sustainable development and use of the oceans and their living and non-living resources, the UN Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea (DOALOS) is actively coordinating different activities of the World Oceans Day.

UNESCO's Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) coordinates in partnership with DOALOS the official United Nations World Oceans Day Portal, which is instrumental in building support for ocean awareness events on 8 June.

UNESCO has also launched the #GenOcean Campaign, as part of the UN Ocean Decade 2021-2030, to make it easy for citizens from all walks of life to use knowledge and science to act for the ocean we need. Join the campaign!

"UNESCO, with its Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC), will make the most of these ten years so that the international community develops knowledge about the ocean and protects it sustainably."
UNESCO Director-General
Audrey Azoulay Director-General of UNESCO
Carte pour la Journée mondiale des océans ou la Journée de l'eau
"What we do or do not achieve during this Decade will have far-reaching consequences for our planet’s ‘blue lung’."
UNESCO Director-General
Audrey Azoulay Director-General of UNESCO

What UNESCO does for the ocean

Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission
UN Ocean Decade 2021-2030
#GenOcean Campaign - For the Ocean We Need
Ocean Literacy
Underwater Cultural Heritage
World Heritage Marine Programme
Environmental DNA


Resolution adopted by the UN General Assembly
United Nations' World Oceans Day Website
Past Edition
All International Days