United Nations
World Oceans Day 2019

8 June, 2019
2019 Theme

Gender and The Ocean

Gender and the Ocean

Our ocean is inclusive. No matter who we are or how we self-identify, we are all connected to the ocean. The ocean is gender neutral but gender still comes into play – and the representation is far from equal.

World Oceans Day 2019

World Oceans Day 2019 explored the gender dimensions of humankind’s relationship with the oceans. In an effort to build greater ocean and gender literacy and discover possible avenues to promote gender equality – with the aim of reinforcing the sustainable governance of the oceans –the events provided an opportunity to discover through first-hand accounts the various dimensions of gender and the ocean; discuss the gender dimensions of oceans-related activities such as, inter alia, marine scientific research, fisheries, labour at sea, migration by sea and human trafficking, policy-making and management; share views on ways forward in making progress on the various dimensions of gender and the ocean; and provide opportunities for interaction, expression and discovery – celebration.


High-level United Nations Opening Remarks

Mr. João Miguel Ferreira de Serpa Soares

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

Ms. Asa Regnér

UN Women Deputy Executive Director

Moderator: Ms. Lea d’Auriol

Oceanic Global, Founder and Executive Director

Keynote Remarks

Ms. Judith Swan

International Consultant on the Law of the Sea and Fisheries Law and Initiator of World Oceans Day

Gender and the Ocean in Pacific Mythology

Ms. Hinano Teavai-Murphy

Associate Director of University of California Berkeley’s Gump Research Station, and Founder, Te Pu Atitia

Mr. Eparama Qerewawa

Project Officer, Alliance for Future Generations


Moderator: Mariasole Bianco

Professor of Environmental Communication and Dissemination, Università degli Studi di Genova, and Founder and President, Worldrise

Ms. Kudzi Victorino Dykman

Ocean Revolution and Bitonga Divers, President

Ms. Anne de Carbuccia

One Planet One Future, Founder

Mr. Jorge Manuel Gómez Poot

Capacitacion y Gestion Ambiental Elementum, Partner

Ms. Aunofo Havea

Sea Captain, and Founder, Tonga Voyaging Society

Ms. Shannon Service

Ocean Journalist and Filmmaker

Mr. Tun Lin

Labour Rights Promotion Network Foundation

Mr. Jorge Manuel Gómez Poot

Partner, Gestión y Capacitación Elementum

Ms. Patima Tungpuchayakul

Labour Rights Promotion Network Foundation, Co-Founder

Ms. Angelique Pouponneau

Chief Executive Officer, Seychelles Conservation and Climate Adaptation Trust, and Co-Founder, SIDS Youth AIMS Hub

World Oceans Day Photo Competition

Ms. Ellen Cuylaerts

Freelance Underwater and Wildlife Photographer, and Curator, 2019 World Oceans Day Photo Competition


Mr. Kwabena Osei-Danquah

Chef de Cabinet, Office of the President of the United Nations General Assembly

Expert Panelists

Cleopatra Doumbia-Henry

President, World Maritime University

Moderator: Natasha Berg

Director of Communications, Oceanic Global

Ms. Anamika Amani

Senior Adviser and Member, Gender and Water Alliance

Ms. Lynn Zebeda

Co-Initiator, WeOcean, and Co-Founder, Dr. Monk

Ms. Amanda Hastings

Board Trustee, Human Rights at Sea

Ms. Paige Alms

Pro Surfer, World Surf League

Ms. Francesca Santoro

Programme Specialist, Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization

Ms. Kendall Barbery

Programs Director, GreenWave

Ms. Gabriele Goettsche-Wanli

Director, Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea, Office of Legal Affairs of the United Nations

Ms. Irini Papanicolopulu

Associate Professor of International Law, University of Milano-Bicocca School of Law

Closing Keynote Remarks

Ms. Sylvia Earle

President and Chair, Mission Blue, and National Geographic Society Explorer in Residence