FOWOD Pledge


The Friends of United Nations World Oceans Day (FOWOD) is an informal community of individuals and organizations active in the field of ocean affairs to support the marking of United Nations World Oceans Day (UNWOD), 8 June, and related activities. 

FOWOD is convened informally by the Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea (DOALOS) of the United Nations Office of Legal Affairs, in partnership with Oceanic Global (OG) as the DOALOS Production Partner for UNWOD.


Participation is free and open to all individuals and organizations with a demonstrated interest in ocean affairs who wish to support the marking of UNWOD and related activities.

Participation in FOWOD does not imply endorsement by the United Nations of a participating individual or organization, or that the individual or organization will be featured in the official UNWOD event. 

As part of their active participation, and whenever possible, Friends commit to:

  • list their WOD events on the UNWOD website,, under the events tab; 
  • link to the UNWOD website from their own website(s), for example by adding the UNWOD 2021 graphic and a link to the UNWOD website on the home page or partnership section ;
  • Add any relevant resources or news on the relevant pages of the UNWOD website;
  • follow the official UNWOD social media account @UNworldoceansday on Instagram, promote relevant social media assets surrounding UNWOD and use the #UNworldoceansday hashtag;
  • Use the UNWOD 2021 graphic to showcase their involvement in FOWOD. Please note that FOWOD members are not allowed to use the stand-alone UN emblem (logo). 


DOALOS will facilitate regular FOWOD meetings, in partnership with Oceanic Global. Meetings may be held in person and there will always be an opportunity to attend online. Advance registration for meetings is required via the procedure communicated by DOALOS when announcing the meeting. 

Working Groups

FOWOD may establish one or more Working Groups for the purpose of carrying out specific tasks. These working groups are open to all FOWOD members but participants will need to register prior and commit to being active members. This includes attending a minimum of a quarterly meeting per working group.  All working group members must be active FOWOD participants.


Internal communications 

FOWOD will primarily communicate via the FOWOD email list. The use of the list is strictly reserved for FOWOD communications from or approved by DOALOS. Friends commit to submit any communications they wish to distribute to FOWOD to DOALOS for approval. They further commit not to distribute the contact list beyond FOWOD. Participants that would like to be removed from the FOWOD email list should email [email protected]

External communications 

Active participants in FOWOD are encouraged to: 

  • Feature their participation surrounding UNWOD as a FOWOD member in communications materials;
  • Publicly state that their event is organized in the context of United Nations World Oceans Day; and
  • Use the UNWOD 2021 graphic on print and online materials and link to UNWOD website. 

Example: Proud Friends of United Nations World Oceans Day member

When referring to the official UNWOD event, Friends should use the approved event description that will be shared by DOALOS ahead of the event. 

FOWOD members may not refer to the United Nations in any way that could be perceived as an endorsement by the United Nations of their organization or event.  FOWOD members may not use the emblem (logo) of the United Nations.

For questions or to join the FOWOD email list, please contact [email protected].