UN World Oceans Day 2012

The event celebrated the thirtieth anniversary of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, often considered the "Constitution for the Oceans".
2012 Theme


The United Nations celebrated World Oceans Day and the thirtieth anniversary of the opening for signature of the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) with a message by the Secretary-General and the release of the video “UNCLOS at 30”. This was followed by an expert panel on the theme “UNCLOS at 30”, pursuant to General Assembly resolution 66/231, sponsored by the Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea, Office of Legal Affairs.

UNCLOS at 30

The panel was moderated by H.E. Mr. Raymond Wolfe, Permanent Representative of Jamaica to the United Nations. Opening Remarks were made by Ms. Patricia O’Brien, Under-Secretary-General for Legal Affairs and United Nations Legal Counsel, and a statement was delivered by Dr. Yohei Sasakawa, Chairman of the Nippon Foundation of Japan, on “The importance of human capacity in the implementation of the Convention”. Panellists included H.E. Mr. Shunji Yanai, President of the International Tribunal on the Law of the Sea; H.E. Mr. Nii Odunton, Secretary-General fo the International Seabed Authority; and Mr. Galo Carrera, Chairperson of the Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf.