08 Jun 2023

Covering more than 70% of the Earth's surface, oceans are essential to human lives and livelihoods. World Oceans Day, celebrated on 8 June, is the occasion to raise awareness of the benefits humankind derives from the ocean and our individual and collective duty to use its resources sustainably.

Celebrating the Ocean

Oceans Day was first declared on 8 June 1992, in Rio de Janeiro, at the Global Forum, a parallel event at the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development. On 5 December 2008, the United Nations General Assembly designated 8 June as World Oceans Day through its resolution 63/111, at the initiative of Canada.

World Oceans Day, reminds everyone of the major role the oceans have in everyday life. The purpose of the Day is to inform the public of the impact of human actions on the ocean, develop a worldwide movement of citizens for the ocean, and mobilize and unite the world’s population on a project for the sustainable management of the world’s oceans.

World Oceans Day 2023 is hosted by the Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea of the Office of Legal Affairs (DOALOS), in Partnership with Oceanic Global and supported by Panerai, with contribution by Discover Earth.“Planet Ocean: Tides are Changing” is the theme for World Oceans Day 2023 as the United Nations is joining forces with decision makers, scientists, private sector executives, civil society representatives, indigenous communities, celebrities and youth activists and more to put the ocean first.

Action for the Ocean in International Geneva

Various Geneva-based organizations or secretariats work actively to protect and restore the oceans and promote a sustainable blue economy. Discover more about the vital role oceans play in our lives and the work that is being done in Geneva to preserve marine environments and foster a more sustainable blue economy.


World Oceans Day Official Celebration

8 June 2023 | 16:00 – 19:30 CEST

United Nations Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea, Office of Legal Affairs (DOALOS) in partnership with Oceanic Global , supported by Panerai, with contribution by Discover Earth.