June 8: World Oceans Day

Every year, World Oceans Day is celebrated by the United Nations on June 8. The Day is celebrated to remind people all over the world about the importance of oceans in everyday life. This year, the World Oceans Day is celebrated under the theme

Theme: Innovation for a Sustainable Ocean

Background

The World Oceans Day has been celebrated by many countries since 1992. The countries were celebrating the Day after the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development that was held in Rio de Janeiro.

However, the United Nations decided to celebrate the day in 2009.

Significance

The World Oceans Day is celebrated to make sure mankind is well aware of the importance of Ocean Literacy and Ocean Science and Policy

Ocean Science and Policy

According to the United Nations, in order to conserve and use the oceans sustainably, the following should be imbibed in the policies being framed

  • The policies should have up-to-date scientific knowledge
  • The policies should recognize the needs of the communities that are interacting with the oceans
  • The policies should be seen by the citizens as legitimate and trust worthy.

Sustainable Development Goals

The Goal 14 of the Sustainable Development Goals says, “Conserve and Sustainable use the oceans, marine resources and the seas”. Therefore, it is highly important to observe World Oceans Day to succeed the goal and create awareness about the importance of oceans.

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