Date: Thursday, 8 June 2023; 15th Anniversary.
Sponsor: United Nations
Coordinator: UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC)
The World Oceans Day is annually observed to raise awareness of the crucial role the oceans play in our lives, the impact of human activities on the oceans, and the importance of sustainable management of the world’s oceans, as well as to promote innovative ways to help protect oceans.
Inception: The World Oceans Day was first officially held on 8 June 2009
The World Oceans Day was proposed in 1992 by Canada’s International Centre for Ocean Development (ICOD) and the Ocean Institute of Canada (OIC) at the Earth Summit – UN Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
On 5 December 2008, the United Nations General Assembly officially designated 8 June of each year as World Oceans Day, by its resolution A/RES/63/111.
How to celebrate the Day
Learn, share, and actions!
Since 2009, many organizations and communities host annually a range of educational and promotional events on the Day, including seminars, lectures, conferences, forums, and social media campaigns, to raise and spread awareness of ocean-related issues.
Each year a particular theme is proposed by the United Nations for the World Oceans Day to focus on a pressing issue related to oceans.
Annual theme in recent years:
2023 theme: “Planet Ocean: Tides Are Changing.”
2022 theme: “Revitalization: Collective Action for the Ocean.”
2021 theme: “The Ocean: Life and Livelihoods”.
2020 theme: “Innovation for a Sustainable Ocean.”
2019 theme: “Gender and Oceans.”
2018 theme: “Clean our Ocean!”
2017 theme: “Our Oceans, Our Future!”
2016 theme: “Healthy Oceans, Healthy Planet.”