The Official United Nations World Oceans Day 2020 Virtual Event

Innovation for a Sustainable Ocean

Monday • 8 June 2020 | 10am - 5pm edt




The first-ever fully virtual celebration of United Nations World Oceans Day, on 8 June 2020, highlighted the theme of Innovation for a Sustainable Ocean..

Produced in partnership with the non-profit organization Oceanic Global, more than 350,000 people tuned into the live event from all continents except Antarctica – making the 2020 celebration a truly global event.

UN World Oceans Day 2020 featured 43 international speakers over seven hours of content, with leading ocean voices including:

Cara Delevingne
Cara Delevingne
Jean-Michel Cousteau
Jean-Michel Cousteau
Sylvia Earle
Sylvia Earle
Forbi Perise Eyong Nyosai
Forbi Perise Eyong Nyosai
Bill McKibben
Bill McKibben
Ellie Goulding
Ellie Goulding
Gayatri Reksodihardjo – Lilley
Gayatri Reksodihardjo – Lilley
Lilly Platt
Lilly Platt


Opening Remarks


High-level speakers will open UN World Oceans Day with remarks on the 2020 theme "Innovation for a Sustainable Ocean".

H.E. António Guterres Secretary-General of the United Nations

H.E. Tijjani Muhammad-Bande President of the General Assembly

Remarks: Cara Delevingne

The State of the Ocean


Speakers will provide an overview of the state of the ocean and highlight the inter-linkages of the problems we face, as well as opportunities we can harness.

Sylvia Earle President & Chair, Mission Blue
Bill McKibben Co-Founder, 350.org

João Miguel Ferreira de Serpa Soares Under-Secretary-General for Legal Affairs & United Nations Legal Counsel

"Spotlight Solutions" for the Ocean


This segment spotlights current projects offering innovative solutions that address the themes of the eight interactive dialogues of the 2020 UN Ocean Conference.

Lucy Biggers Climate and Sustainability Correspondent, NowThis
Peter Thomson United Nations Secretary-General's Special Envoy for the Ocean
Francis Zoet Co-Founder & Director of Operations, The Great Bubble Barrier
Ahmad "Aki" Allahgholi Founder & Managing Director, Coralive.org
Olivier Ceberio COO and Co-Founder, Resolute Marine
Michael Selden Co-Founder & CEO, Finless Foods
Jossie Jasmin Dive shop Manager & Instructor at Amun Ini Dive, and Bigs Eggert Owner of Amun Ini Dive
Dirk Rosen Founder & Executive Director, Marine Applied Research and Exploration
Elisa Morgera Professor of Global Environmental Law, Strathclyde University Law School & Director, “One Ocean Hub"
Jim Ritterhoff Executive Director, FORCE BLUE

The Cousteaus: A Multigenerational Conversation on Ocean Exploration


The Cousteaus will provide a multigenerational perspective on our evolving understanding of the ocean across time, highlighting certain innovations in science and exploration that have shaped our relationship with the ocean.

Jean-Michel Cousteau
Celine Cousteau

Fabien Cousteau

OceanX: Science, Technology and Deep Sea Exploration


The segment will highlight exciting developments in the world of science, technology and exploration, with a particular focus on deep sea exploration, opportunities for future discoveries and the rapid progress in this field.

Mark Dalio Founder & Creative Director, OceanX
Edith Widder CEO & Senior Scientist, Ocean Research & Conservation Association, Inc.

UN World Oceans Day Photo Competition Winners


Announcement of the finalists and winners of the 2020 UN World Oceans Day Photo Competition.

Ellen Cuylaerts Freelance Underwater and Wildlife Photographer and Curator, 2020 UN World Oceans Day Photo Competition
Jim Standing, Adriana Basques, Adam Hanlon, Jill Heinerth, Darren Jew, Jane Morgan, Amos Nachoum, Miriam Stein Battles, David Salvatori, John Thet

Remarks: Ellie Goulding

The Blue Economy and Private Sector Impact


This panel discussion will shed light on how the private sector is engaging communities to develop solutions for a healthy ocean.

Curtis Brainard Managing Editor, Scientific American
Tom Szaky Founder & CEO, TerraCycle
Michael W. Lodge Secretary-General, International Seabed Authority
Dave Ford Founder, Soul Buffalo & Co-Founder, Ocean Plastics Leadership Network
Melissa Garren CEO & Founder, Working Ocean Strategies
Deeper Dive
One Ocean Foundation

Communities Innovating for a Sustainable Ocean


Panelists will provide examples of community-driven innovative approaches to effecting positive change in our relation with the ocean, highlighting key lessons learned.

Andrea Thompson Associate Editor for Sustainability, Scientific American
Gayatri Reksodihardjo – Lilley Director & Founder, Indonesian Nature Foundation (Yayasan Alam Indonesia Lestari - LINI)
Julia Kumari Drapkin CEO & Founder, ISeeChange
Asha de Vos Founder & Executive Director, Oceanswell
Shanta Shamsunnahar Program Coordinator, MPA Program, Wildlife Conservation Society, Bangladesh
Deeper Dive
Christophe Bailhache Photographer & Filmmaker, Co-Founder of Underwater Earth

Youth Driving Innovation


Youth from around the world will share their solutions to drive innovation, engage their community and bridge generational gaps for a healthy and sustainable ocean.

Jack Harries Filmmaker & Environmentalist
Forbi Perise Eyong Nyosai Greening Forward
Lilly Platt Environmentalist and Global Youth Ambassador for Plastic Pollution Coalition, WODI &Youth Mundus. Founder of Lilly's Plastic Pickup.
Dylan Vecchione Founder, ReefQuest Foundation
Callie Veelenturf Marine Conservation Biologist; Founder, The Leatherback Project and Rights for Nature

World Ocean Week Remarks


Remarks on World Oceans Week and the efforts of the Friends of World Oceans Day (FOWOD) community.

Francois Bailet Senior Legal Officer, Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea, Office of Legal Affairs, United Nations
Lea d'Auriol Founder & Executive Director, Oceanic Global

A Concert For The Ocean


The Day will conclude with a celebration of the ocean through live performances from musicians around the world!

In partnership with Oceanic Global, supported by One Ocean Foundation, Foundation House CT and Friends of United Nations World Oceans Day

A Concert for the Ocean

Fatoumata Diawara
Nick Mulvey
Vieux Farka Touré
Tenzin Choegyal
Jess Glynne
Alice Phoebe Lou

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