Our Oceans, Our Responsibility
The inaugural celebration of United Nations World Oceans Day, on 8 June 2009, featured a message by Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon and an expert panel discussion on the theme “Our Oceans, Our Responsibility”. Following the panel, a screening of the documentary on ocean acidification, entitled “A Sea Change”, was staged in cooperation with the United Nations Staff Recreation Council Film Society. Alongside the events, an exhibit of children’s artwork entitled “Children and the sea”, organized in cooperation with the International Ocean Institute and UN-Habitat, was displayed at United Nations Headquarters. The Day concluded with a reception hosted by the Permanent Mission of Canada to the United Nations.
Experts discuss the ocean
The subsequent expert panel discussion took place in the General Assembly Hall and was opened by Ms. Patricia O’Brien, Under-Secretary-General for Legal Affairs and United Nations Legal Counsel. Under the moderation of Professor David Freestone, Lobingier Visiting Professor of Comparative Law and Jurisprudence, George Washington University Law School, and Visiting Professor, United Nations University, it featured Dr. Lorna Inniss, Deputy Director, Coastal Zone Management Unit, Government of Barbados; Dr. Magnus Ngoile, Policy and Governance Coordinator, Agulhas and Somali Current Large Marine Ecosystems (ASCLME) Project; Ambassador Hasjim Djalal, Senior Advisor to the Minister of Marine Affairs and Fisheries of the Republic of Indonesia, and Advisor to the Indonesian Navy’s Chief of Staff, Indonesian Naval Forces; Dr. Harlan Cohen, Advisor, Ocean Governance, Global Marine Programme, International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN); and Dr. John Stegeman, Senior Scientist, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and Director, Woods Hole Center for Oceans and Human Health.