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New York City's World Oceans Week 2019: Schedule

Please find below a schedule of ongoing events in NYC surrounding this year's World Oceans Week (June 1st - June 9th, 2019). Events that are open to the public are indicated, and RSVP links are included where available.  




Coordinated By: United Nations Office of Legal Affairs, Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea

Dates: Submissions were due on April 30th, 2019 and finalists will be announced at the UN celebration on Friday, June 7th. 

Description: Please find more information on the competition, previous finalists and this year's panel of judges HERE.


UN WOD Photo Competition
NYC Aquarium


Hosted By: NYC Aquarium / WCS

Dates: Saturday, June 1st

Time: 8:00am - 11:00am  

Location: Coney Island Park, Kaiser Park, 2529 Neptune Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11224

Description: The NYC Aquarium (WCS) is hosting a cleanup at Coney Island Park at Kaiser Park to kick off the activities of World Oceans Week. We'll learn about local marine wildlife and see the positive impact we can make when we work together to care for our coastal and ocean backyard.

Access: The event will be free and family friendly, open to the public!



Hosted By: Explorer's Club

Dates: Ongoing throughout the week from Monday, June 3rd - Thursday, June 6th.  

Location: Explorer's Club, 46 E 70th St, New York, NY 10021

Description: The Explorers Club is honored to host our third annual World Oceans Week presented by Rolex. This year, discussion will focus around the the theme of 2019 UN WOD, "Gender & Oceans". There will also be ocean-themed art exhibitions setup throughout the week to further provoke an investigation of the issues impacting our ocean. 

Access: All daytime events will be free, while the evening events will be traditional ticketed programs - all will be open to the public. 


Explorer's Club Speaker Series
One Planet One Future


Hosted By: One Planet One Future

Dates: Monday, June 3rd - Saturday, June 29th

Time: 12:00pm - 7:00pm  

Location: 461 West Street, New York, NY 10014

Description: Limited Time Exhibition: Water at Dusk in celebration of the Ocean. 

Access: Free and open to the public.


Hosted By: Ocean Data Alliance

Date: Wednesday, June 5th

Time: 8:30am - 5:00pm  

Location: New Lab, 19 Morris Ave building 128, Brooklyn, NY 11205

Description: The Ocean Data Alliance is hosting an event on Smart Ocean Cities at New Lab in Brooklyn on June 5th.  80% of the world's population lives in cities and many of those cities are on the coasts.  Cities like Copenhagen, Hamburg, and Rotterdam have reclaimed their industrial ocean zones and transformed them into public spaces with amenities like that
invite the public to see the ocean as an integral part of city life.  We believe that New York City can be the world's great Smart Ocean City and this event is being hosted at New York's top tech incubation lab (a former machine terminal in the Brooklyn Navy Yard) to invite the huge urban tech industry to instrument NYC ocean spaces, monetize the data, and remediate and restore the ocean to a natural habitat in harmony with humans.

Access: Ticketed


Business of Ocean Data
Ghost Fleet


Hosted By: Vulcan Productions

Date: Thursday, June 6th 

Time: 7:30pm

Location: IFC Center, 323 Sixth Avenue, New York, NY 10014


Join us for a special NYC sneak preview of the award-winning feature documentary, Ghost Fleet, on Thursday, June 6 at 7:30pm. The film will open the following night, June 7 at the IFC Center, and at theaters around the country.

Ghost Fleet follows a small group of Thai activists who risk their lives to find justice and freedom for enslaved fishermen, revealing stories of survival and a criminal conspiracy at the heart of the global seafood industry.

Immediately following the screening, we will be joined by a number of heroes from the film: Tun Lin and Chairat Rachpaksi, two of the many men held in captivity for years on Thai fishing boats, and Patima Tungpuchayakul, the woman who saved them. The Q&A will also feature the filmmakers, Shannon Service (director & producer) and Jon Bowermaster (producer).


UN WOD 2019


Presented by United Nations DOALOS in partnership with Oceanic Global

Date: Friday, June 7th 

Time: 10:30am - 5:15pm

Location: United Nations Headquarters, New York, NY 10017

Description: The UN is hosting a conference in celebration of World Oceans Day. This year's theme is "Gender & Oceans". Storytellers and speakers from around the world will join to share perspectives to build greater ocean and gender literacy and discover possible ways to promote gender equality in ocean-related activities such as marine scientific research, fisheries, labour at sea, migration by sea and human trafficking, policy-making and management.

Access: Invitation-Only



WOD Programme




Hosted By: Peace Boat

Dates: Friday, June 7th

Time: 6:00pm - 11:00pm  

Location: Peace Boat, Pier 84, 555 12th Ave, New York, NY 10036

Description: The Peace Boat will host the reception following the day-long conference at the UN marking World Oceans Day. Delegates and speakers are invited to continue the conversation and the celebration. Dinner will be provided. 

Access: Invitation-Only

Peace Boat
Ocean Heroes Meetup


Hosted By: Lonely Whale, Captain Planet Foundation & Point Break Foundation

Dates: Friday, June 7th & Saturday, June 8th 


Explorer's Club, 46 E 70th St, New York, NY 10021 

Peace Boat, Pier 86 

Description: In celebration of World Oceans Day this June, the Ocean Heroes Bootcamp: New York City Meetup youth program will welcome 100 emerging leaders ages 11-18 from across the 5 boroughs in collaboration with The Explorers Club, United Nations Environment Program, and the international NGO Peace Boat. During the abridged two-day program, accepted youth will learn about plastic pollution and how to create their own impact campaigns to beat plastic pollution in their schools and communities. Attending youth will walk away with critical campaigning tools and a campaign concept they may submit through the online Ocean Heroes Bootcamp platform and the chance to receive grant funding in support of its realization.

Access: The program is for nominated or selected youth leaders and faculty from partner institutions. 


Hosted By: Peace Boat

Dates: Saturday, June 8th

Time: 1:00pm - 6:30pm  

Location: Peace Boat, Pier 84, 555 12th Ave, New York, NY 10036

Description: The Peace Boat will host a family-friendly day-long series of events, exhibitions, workshops, and more to celebrate the work of speakers and partners of World Oceans Day on the water. Please find more details HERE.

Access: Invitation-Only

Peace Boat


Hosted By: NYC Aquarium / WCS

Date: Saturday, June 8th 

Time: 10:00am - 12:00pm

Location: Steeplechase Plaza, 1739 Riegelmann Boardwalk, Brooklyn, NY 11224

Description: Come make your voice heard for ocean conservation! Participants are encouraged to decorate wagons, bikes, and strollers, design "trashion" costumes made from recycled materials, and create signs. We will hear from community leaders and awards will be given to our most creative participants. Meet at Steeplechase Plaza (Parachute Drop). The March will progress along the boardwalk to the New York Aquarium.

Access: The event will be free and family friendly, open to the public!



Hosted By: 4ocean

Date: Sunday, June 9th 

Time: 9:00am - 12:00pm

Location: 9342 - 9450 Boardwalk Rockaway Beach, NY 11693

Description: 4ocean is hosting one of their trademark beach cleanups in honor of World Oceans Day to also serve as a closing ceremony to the events ongoing throughout the week. 

Access: The event will be free and family friendly, open to the public!


4ocean cleanup
parley run for the oceans

Hosted By: Parley for the Oceans

Date: Saturday, June 8th 

Time: 3:00pm - 10:00pm

Location: Vice Media, 49 S 2nd Street, Williamsburg, Brooklyn then Domino Park, Brooklyn



3:00 PM: Parley Talks | Speakers include Dr. Sylvia Earle, Cyrill Gutsch, Anja Rubik, Dr. Sarah-Jeanne Royer, Thilmeeza Hussain, and Ian Urbina | Hosted at Vice Media, 49 S 2nd Street, Williamsburg, Brooklyn |

5:00 PM: Run for the Oceans | Pre-Run Yoga, Creative Workshops, Talks and a 5K Run + Food & Drinks | Music by DJ A-Trak | Domino Park, Brooklyn |

Run for the Oceans

More than a run, this event is an opportunity to take action, celebrate the oceans and be part of a global movement working to create a better future. Runners of all skill levels are invited to lace up and hit the pavement — in NYC and via the global digital run hosted June 8-16 on Runtastic.

For every kilometer run, our partner adidas will contribute $1 to Parley Ocean School* programs educating youth about the threat of marine plastic pollution and inspiring them to take a leading role in solutions. *capped at $1,5M


Access: The event will be free and family friendly, open to the public!

Registration required, but please let us know separately so we can guarantee access |



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