Mise à jour: 08 Jun 2022

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.

Revitalization: Collective Action for the Ocean” is the theme for World Oceans Day 2022, shedding light on the communities, ideas, and solutions that are working together to protect and revitalize the ocean and everything it sustains.

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.

UN Ocean Conference 2022

The 2022 UN Ocean Conference will be held from 27 June to 1 July 2022 in Lisbon. It will provide a critical opportunity to mobilize partnerships and increase investment in science-driven approaches to achieve SDG 14. Organizations in Geneva are actively supporting processes in the run-up to the conference.


​​This year’s United Nations World Oceans Day will highlight the theme Revitalization: Collective Action for the Ocean. This is the first hybrid celebration of the annual event, hosted in-person at the UN Headquarters in New York and broadcast live.

Stop the Fish Meltdown

International Institute for Sustainable Development | 8 June 2022, 9:00 – 18:00 | Place des Nations

2022 United Nations World Oceans Day Event

United Nations | 8 June 2022, 16:00-19:30 CEST | Hybrid Headquarters in New York | Online

Projection de "WATSON" + Q&A

Cinelux & Sea Shepherd | 8 June 2022, 20:30 – 22:10 CEST | Cinelux Boulevard de Saint-Georges 8

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