This year’s United Nations World Oceans Day, on 8 June 2022, highlighted the theme Revitalization: Collective Action for the Ocean. This was the first hybrid celebration of the annual event, hosted in-person at the UN Headquarters in New York and broadcast live.
ABOUT THE UN WOD EVENT
The ocean connects, sustains, and supports us all. Yet its health is at a tipping point and so is the well-being of all that depends on it. As the past years have shown us, we need to work together to create a new balance with the ocean that no longer depletes its bounty but instead restores its vibrancy and brings it new life.
United Nations World Oceans Day 2022 — hosted by the United Nations Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea, Office of Legal Affairs, with the generous contribution of Oceanic Global, which is made possible by La Mer — shed light on the communities, ideas, and solutions that are working together to protect and revitalize the ocean and everything it sustains.
The day-of-celebration featured thought-leaders, celebrities, institutional partners, community voices, entrepreneurs, and cross-industry experts as they delved into key topics and worked to inspire and ignite collaborative change.
Opening Remarks10:00 am
High-level speakers will open UN World Oceans Day with remarks on the 2022 theme "Revitalization: Collective Action for the Ocean".
Host: Amber Valletta, Supermodel and Sustainability Advocate
*Featuring an original score from Michael Leonhart.
H.E. António Guterres
H.E. Abdulla Shahid
President of the United Nations General Assembly
Miguel de Serpa Soares
Under-Secretary-General for Legal Affairs and United Nations Legal Counsel
Founder and Executive Director, Oceanic Global
Senior Legal Officer, Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea, Office of Legal Affairs, United Nations
Environmental Action Organizer & Poet
Revitalizing our Collective Efforts: Sylvia Earle10:25 am
Marine Biologist, Oceanographer, and Explorer, Sylvia Earle dives into this year's theme: "Revitalization: Collective Action for the Ocean".
President and Co-Chair, Mission Blue
UN Ocean Conference Remarks10:40 am
The Co-Hosts of the 2022 United Nations Ocean Conference share their message for World Oceans Day in preparation for the Conference
H.E. Mr. João Gomes Cravinho
Minister of Foreign Affairs, Portugal
H.E. Ms. Njambi Kinyungu
Deputy Permanent Representative of the Republic of Kenya to the United Nations
Revitalization Spotlights10:45 am
Spotlights on global collective ocean actions and initiatives from conservation, restoration, scientific exploration, community organizing, coalition building, governance approaches, and beyond, aimed at revitalizing the ocean.
Moderator: Alejandro Alba, Senior Correspondent, NowThis
Marine Biology Consultant, Nekton Science Program Manager
Executive Director, EMEDO
Founding Principal, SCAPE
Ship Coordinator, WMO/OceanOPS
Lisa Blair Sails the World
Executive Chef, Relais & Châteaux L'Effervescence
Chief Scientist, Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute
Remarks: La Mer11:20 am
Remarks from La Mer, on their work to revitalize ocean action.
Senior Vice President, La Mer
Youth Leadership Council Member, EarthEcho International
Photo Competition Winners11:30 am
Announcement of the finalists and winners of the 9th Annual United Nations World Oceans Day Photo Competition.
Curator: Ellen Cuylaerts, Freelance Underwater, Wildlife Photographer and Curator 2022 World Oceans Day Photo Competition
Conservation Photojournalist and Marine Biologist
Y Zin Kim
Underwater Photographer and Art Director
A Revitalized Ocean Economy11:55 am
The value of a living ocean to our health and economic well being
Keynote by Ralph Chami, Assistant Director, The International Monetary Fund; Co-Founder, Rebalance Earth
Panel exploring how to take a regenerative and collective approach to build a resilient ocean economy. Topics will include ocean finance, innovation through startups and entrepreneurs, capacity building and private sector collaboration.
Moderator: Martin Koehring, Head, World Ocean Initiative, Economist Impact
Chief Executive Officer, Canada's Ocean Supercluster
Head, Water and Ocean Governance Program, UNDP
Director of Ocean Sustainability, Salesforce
World Ocean Week Remarks12:45 pm
Bart Smit Duijzentkunst
Legal Officer, Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea, Office of Legal Affairs, United Nations
Director of Programs, Oceanic Global
Musical Performance1:00 pm
UN WOD 2022 PHOTO COMPETITION
The ninth annual UN World Oceans Day Photo Competition was curated by Ellen Cuylaerts and a jury composed of world-renowned individuals.
Discover stories, resources, and videos to learn more about our shared blue planet.Explore
Spread the word about the event with the official UN World Oceans Day toolkit, filled with downloadable graphics, sample social media posts, and more.Explore
See how States, Civil Society, Private Sector, and Intergovernmental Organizations are working to #RevitalizeTheOceanExplore
A special thanks to Oceanic Global and La Mer.
To all the speakers, performers, Friends of World Oceans Day group, and community partners including 351 Studios, SDN Broadcast, Daniel Červenka, Michael Leonhart, Thirty Two Music, Now This, The Economist Group’s World Ocean Initiative, and Brut Media.