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Jun 8, 2024

June 8 is World Oceans Day

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Today June 8 is the UN World Oceans Day.

World Ocean Day is celebrated around the world every June 8 to raise awareness about the importance of our oceans and promote conservation efforts. The day being marked on the theme ‘Awaken New Depths’ is likely to shed light on the importance of the ocean and to better understand how to interact with it in a sustainable manner.

In 1992 Canada’s International Centre for Ocean Development and the Ocean Institute of Canada proposed to observe World Ocean Day at the Earth Summit  of the UN Conference on Environment and Development in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Later, the UN General Assembly approved in 2008 declaring June 8 as the “World Oceans Day.”

It is known here that the Seven Seas include the Arctic, North Atlantic, South Atlantic, North Pacific, South Pacific, Indian, and Southern oceans.

At the same time, the United States reaffirms its dedication to safeguarding the ocean through concrete actions and international cooperation. 

In the statement release, the US State Department said “We must seek ambitious and innovative solutions now if we are to tackle the many challenges facing coastal communities and marine ecosystems. The United States is working at home and abroad to advance marine protected areas and reach the global 30×30 goal to conserve or protect 30 percent of the ocean by 2030. 

Stressing on the need to take decisive action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and support ocean-based climate solutions there needs recognizing the impacts of climate change on our ocean, including sea level rise, ocean warming, and acidification,

The US is putting the ocean at the center of Atlantic diplomacy with the Partnership for Atlantic Cooperation, collaborating with 38 coastal countries to promote and support sustainable blue economies, marine conservation, and scientific capacity building and exchange.

Meanwhile, marking the World Ocean Day at UN Headquarters in New York on Friday a video was shown echoing the theme, awaken new depths, warning of immediate protection needs

UN Secretary-General António Guterres in his statement said “Climate change is triggering rising seas and threatening the very existence of small island developing states and coastal populations”, the ocean sustains life on Earth.

The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) released a State of the Ocean report highlighting the likely threats to the ocean and trends that could help identify drivers of change.