8 June: World Oceans Day
The World Oceans Day was observed across the world on June 8, 2018 to highlight the major role of the oceans in everyday life.
Action focus for 2018
The action focus for the 2018 World Oceans Day was ‘preventing plastic pollution and encouraging solutions for a healthy ocean’. The agenda also coincided with the theme of 2018 World Environment Day –‘Beat Plastic Pollution’.
Plastic pollution is causing tremendous harm to the marine resources:
Why is World Oceans Day celebrated?
• To remind everyone of the major role the oceans have in everyday life. They are the lungs of our planet, providing most of the oxygen we breathe.
• To inform the public of the impact of human actions on the ocean.
• To develop a worldwide movement of citizens for the ocean.
• To 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.
• To celebrate together the beauty, the wealth and the promise of the ocean.
When was the Day proclaimed?
• The United Nations General Assembly through its resolution 63/111 of December 5, 2008 designated 8 June as the 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 world’s shared ocean and to raise awareness about the crucial role the ocean plays in our lives.
• The UN Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea actively coordinates different activities of the World Oceans Day.