World Oceans Day is celebrated by the United Nations on June 8 every year. The theme for 2022 celebrations is Revitalization Collective Action for the Ocean.

Oceans Day was first declared as 8 June, 1992 in Rio de Janeiro at the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED). Since 2002, the World Ocean Network has built support for ocean awareness events on June 8 with the help of sponsorship from UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission. In 2008, led by Canada, the General Assembly resolved that 8 June would be designated by the United Nations as “World Oceans Day”. The theme of the inaugural observance of World Oceans Day by the United Nations in 2009 was ‘Our Oceans, Our Responsibility’. United Nations World Oceans Day 2022 is the first-ever hybrid celebration of the annual event, featuring both in-person programming hosted at UN HQ in NYC and virtual components for global public accessibility.

The objective of World Oceans Day is to raise global awareness of the benefits humankind derives from the ocean and our individual and collective duty to use its resources sustainably. Together with the United Nations and our partners, we celebrate all that the ocean gives us every day: from the oxygen we breathe to the inspiration that moves our poets.

The ocean is the greatest ally in our efforts to address the climate crisis, generating 50% of the oxygen we need & absorbing 25% of all carbon dioxide emissions.

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