First-Ever Virtual Event
The first-ever fully virtual celebration of United Nations World Oceans Day, on 8 June 2020, highlighted the theme of Innovation for a Sustainable Ocean.
Produced in partnership with the non-profit organization Oceanic Global, more than 350,000 people tuned into the live event from all continents except Antarctica – making the 2020 celebration a truly global event.
2020 World Oceans Day
As the challenges to the ocean continue to grow, so does the need for novel solutions and the people driving them. The day-long 2020 event featured 43 international speakers over seven hours of content. Touching on wide-reaching topics relating to the theme Innovation For A Sustainable Ocean, keynote speeches, panels, and presentations were kicked off by the United Nations Secretary-General and the President of the General Assembly, with leading ocean voices featured throughout the day. The event closed with a virtual concert for the ocean featuring global voices such as Mali’s Fatoumata Diawara, Niger’s Bombino, and the UK’s Jess Glynne.