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World Oceans Day

Quick Facts

World Oceans Day is annually observed on June 8 to raise awareness of the challenges humanity faces to protect the world's oceans.

Local names

NameLanguage
World Oceans DayEnglish
Día Mundial de los OcéanosSpanish
יום האוקיינוסים הבינלאומיHebrew
اليوم العالمي للمحيطArabic
세계 해양의 날Korean
Welttag der OzeaneGerman

World Oceans Day 2014

Sunday, June 8, 2014

World Oceans Day 2015

Monday, June 8, 2015
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World Oceans Day was first introduced in 1992 to raise awareness of the crucial role the sea plays as sources of food, oxygen and medicine. It was officially recognized by the United Nations (UN) in 2008 and is observed on June 8 each year.

The world's oceans need our protection.

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What do people do?

Numerous events are held around the world to mark World Oceans Day. One of the organizing bodies, the Ocean Project, counted more than 300 events in 45 countries in 2010. These included photo contests, fossil hunting walks, demonstrations, and concerts. Different themes are assigned to every World Oceans Day. In 2012, the theme is “Youth: The Next Wave for Change."

Public life

World Oceans Day is a global observance and not a public holiday.

Background

The world's oceans play a key role for life on Earth. According to the UN, they are “the lungs of our planet, providing most of the oxygen we breathe, [as well as] a major source of food and medicines and a critical part of the biosphere.”

In the past few decades, the threats from pollution, overfishing and other forms of exploitation to marine habitats have increased dramatically.

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Learn more and get involved!

World Oceans Day Observances

WeekdayDateYearNameHoliday typeWhere it is observed
WedJun 82011World Oceans DayUnited Nations observance 
FriJun 82012World Oceans DayUnited Nations observance 
SatJun 82013World Oceans DayUnited Nations observance 
SunJun 82014World Oceans DayUnited Nations observance 
MonJun 82015World Oceans DayUnited Nations observance 
WedJun 82016World Oceans DayUnited Nations observance 
ThuJun 82017World Oceans DayUnited Nations observance 
FriJun 82018World Oceans DayUnited Nations observance 
SatJun 82019World Oceans DayUnited Nations observance 
MonJun 82020World Oceans DayUnited Nations observance 
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