World Oceans Day 2023
June 8, 2023
virtual + in-person venues around the world
First declared in 1992 at the Global Forum in Rio de Janeiro as “Oceans Day,” the UN General Assembly officially resolved that June 8 would be designated “World Oceans Day” in 2008. The goal was to catalyze action on a global scale to address the many concerns related to the ocean. In 2017, the UN expanded activities around World Oceans Day to a multi-day UN Ocean Conference to support implementation of SDG 14: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development. Starting in 2020, the UN has hosted a hybrid in-person and online event. This year’s World Oceans Day is titled “Planet Ocean: Tides Are Changing,” with a theme focused on “putting the ocean first.” Topics will include the untapped potential opportunities for the ocean; the ocean-climate interface; coastal stewardship and cultural significance of the ocean; and the ocean as Earth’s largest ecosystem.