World Oceans Day
World Oceans Day 2015 Celebration
In honour of the United Nations World Oceans Day, celebrated each year on 8 June, the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO (IOC-UNESCO) will organize a full day dedicated to the ocean and its link to the climate system. This event will lead up to the 2015 Paris Climate Conference (COP21). The day will be opened by Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO, H.E. Laurent Fabius, French Minister of Foreign Affairs, and Lisa Emelia Svensson, Swedish Ambassador for the Oceans, Seas and Freshwater.
With the help of scientific workshops, plenary sessions, and exhibitions, this day will bring together scientists, political decision-makers, civil society and youth to identify, through dialogue, promising ocean-sensitive actions and strategies to mitigate climate change and its socioeconomic impacts.
Message from Ms Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO, on the occasion of World Oceans Day
- “Climate change is intrinsically linked to ocean change and no single country, however powerful, can tackle its challenges. On this World Oceans Day, I call on Members States, civil society and the private sector to join forces to raise awareness and to promote global action on the importance of the ocean in the global climate system.”
One Planet, One Ocean
IOC-UNESCO and the Ocean and Climate Platform are well-aware that nothing can be done without the full support of all stakeholders involved. That is why the World Oceans Day is an open event, bringing together the international scientific community, Member States representatives, political decision-makers, youth representatives and civil society, as well as the Permanent Delegations to UNESCO and the UNESCO Secretariat. Although the ocean is at the heart of climate change, its role and impact on the Earth have, so far, been utterly neglected.