United Nations
World Oceans Day 2018

Held at United Nations Headquarters, the event addressed the impacts of marine pollution, including plastic pollution, and highlighted current thinking around solutions.
2018 Theme

Clean Our Ocean

Clean Our Ocean

The interactive event brought forward examples of visions, innovative approaches or partnerships which supported a clean ocean for sustainable development. Particular focus was given to innovation across the spectrum of relevant stakeholders represented by six panellists. The event also provided an opportunity for youth mobilization, including their direct participation in the event. Watch the full event here.

Ending plastic pollution

In his message marking World Oceans Day, the Secretary-General highlighted the problem of plastic pollution.  He noted that eighty per cent of all pollution in the sea comes from land, including some 8 million tons of plastic waste each year, and that plastic chokes waterways, harms communities that depend on fishing and tourism, kills turtles and birds, whales and dolphins, and finds its way to the most remote areas of the planet and throughout the food chain on which we ultimately rely. He stated that the United Nations aimed to lead by example, with more than 30 agencies having begun working to end the use of single-use plastic, but that everyone needed to play a part. The Secretary-General urged governments, communities and individuals alike to celebrate our oceans by helping clear them of pollution and ensure they remain vibrant for generations to come.

Schedule

Introductory remarks

Mr. Miguel de Serpa Soares

Under-Secretary-General for Legal Affairs and United Nations Legal Counsel

Ms. Jayathma Wickramanayake

United Nations Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth

Ms. Swetha Stotra Bhashyam

United Nations Major Group for Children and Youth

Panel discussion: "Clean Our Ocean - Innovation and Youth"

Ms. Juliette Babb-Riley

Co-Chair, Regular Process for Global Reporting and Assessment of the State of the Marine Environment, including Socioeconomic Aspects

Mr. Sam Teicher

Founder and Chief Reef Officer, Coral Vita

Ms. Lea d'Auriol

Founder, Oceanic Global

Ms. Angelique Pouponneau

Co-Founder, SIDS YouthAIMS Hub - Seychelles

Mr. Peter Malinowski

Executive Director, Billion Oyster Project

Mr. Cyril Gutsch

Founder, Parley for the Oceans

Closing remarks

Mr. Cody Simpson

United Nations Development Programme Ocean Advocate

Mr. Peter Thomson

Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Oceans