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World Oceans Day
8 June

“We have to ensure that oceans continue to meet our needs without compromising those of future generations. They regulate the planet’s climate and are a significant source of nutrition. Their surface provides essential passage for global trade, while their depths hold current and future solutions to humanity’s energy needs.”

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

2014 Theme: Together let's ensure oceans can sustain us into the future

coral reef

Coral Reef. Photo credit: World Bank

The celebration of World Oceans Day 2014 coincides with the first day of the twenty-fourth meeting of the Meeting of States Parties to the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea. This year, also marks the twentieth anniversary of the entry into force of the Convention.

The United Nations will celebrate World Oceans Day 2014 and recognize the winners of the Annual World Oceans Day Oceanic Photo Competition at an event on 9 June 2014 at United Nations Headquarters.

Why do we celebrate World Oceans Day?

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