To conserve and sustainably use our ocean, we need policies that fulfil three important criteria:
- They are based on the most up-to-date scientific knowledge
- They recognize the multiple needs of communities interacting with the ocean and its resources
- They are seen as legitimate and trustworthy by citizens
For the United Nations and its partners, World Oceans Day is a day for scientists, policymakers and citizens to grow closer and interact around the key and emerging challenges our ocean faces today.
Ocean scientists can use the Portal to inform and showcase research that has clear and immediate social impact. Policymakers can submit resources and highlight the ways in which global policy is tackling ocean challenges such as climate change and plastic pollution. Citizens can highlight through events worldwide what they value about the ocean, signalling to both scientists and policymakers their priorities for saving our ocean.