World Oceans Day 2012
Given the important role played by oceans in food security and the
health and survival of all life, in 2008 the UN General Assembly decided that, from the following year, June 8 would be officially designated as
World Oceans Day to raise global awareness of the challenges faced by the international community in connection with the oceans. Since then it
has been coordinated internationally by The Ocean Project and the World Ocean Network.
The World Oceans Day 2011 and 2012 theme is Youth: the Next Wave for Change. World Ocean Day – The Ocean Project. The Ocean Project
launched a completely revamped site for World Oceans Day 2012. The UN Theme 2012: Youth: the Next Wave for Change
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on June 8, 2012 urged countries to boost their
efforts to protect the oceans, which are threatened by over fishing,
toxic waste, and climate change. "We must do more for our world's oceans, which are threatened by
pollution, depleted fishery resources, the impacts of climate change and the deterioration of the marine environment," Ban said in his message
marking World Oceans Day, which coincides with the 30th anniversary of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea.
Ban stressed that the UN Conference on Sustainable Development, Rio+20,
taking place in Brazil later this month, will provide a once in a generation opportunity for UN Member States to act for ocean protection.
"The protection of the world's oceans and coasts is among the key goals," he said. "Rio+20 must mobilize the United Nations, governments
and other partners to improve the management and conservation of oceans
through initiatives to curb overfishing, improve protection of the marine environment and reduce ocean pollution and the impact of climate
In celebration of World Oceans Day, the UNESCO World Heritage Centre is
launching an iPhone app inspired by this year's youth theme. Of the 6,000 marine protected areas on the planet, only 45 are inscribed on the
World Heritage List, the highest internationally recognized status for conservation. The app aims to increase visibility of these exceptional
places and facilitate access to information about their outstanding value.
The app can be downloaded for free from the app store and will soon also be available for Android-compatible devices.
Celebration of World Oceans Day
USA : New York's Empire State Building
was lit on 8th June evening for World Oceans Day in white, blue and purple. White at the top represents the
shallowest, sunlit waters and also the polar ice cap. The blue light represents the slightly deeper ocean waters, and the purple even deeper
waters in the ocean. The unlit portions, or black, represent those parts of the ocean where sunlight does not reach.
UK : The Wildlife Trusts today launched a campaign to recruit
Friends of Marine Conservation Zones. The campaign is linked to a new online resource, the first of its kind, that provides details of
locations, species and habitats for all 127 recommended Marine Conservation Zones.