Friday 7 June 2024 10:30AM - 1:30PM EDT

Join us on 7 June 2024 for a hybrid celebration of UN World Oceans Day, hosted in-person at the UN Headquarters in New York and broadcast live.

* While the official UN designation for World Oceans Day is still 8 June, the 2024 event will be celebrated on Friday 7 June.

UN WOD 2024 Theme:

The ocean sustains humanity and all life on earth. Nonetheless, despite our utter reliance on it, we have only ever explored ~10%. While we know little of the ocean compared to its immense vastness, what we do know is that the consequences of our actions are evident throughout its waters. The knowledge on the ocean’s dire state is clear. Still, each year humanity continues to make shallow and short-sighted decisions that further the likelihood of the ocean’s, as well as our own, demise.

We don’t have time for “out of sight, out of mind.” Our relationship to the ocean needs to urgently change, and our efforts have only skimmed the surface to date. To motivate widespread momentum for the ocean, we need to awaken new depths.

2024 Program

UN WOD 2024 will take us on a journey of discovery through the ocean's vastness, tapping into the wisdom and expertise of global policy-makers, scientists, managers, thought leaders, and artists to awaken new depths of understanding, compassion, collaboration and commitment for the ocean and all it sustains. The program will expand our perspectives and appreciation for our blue planet, build new foundations for our relationship to the ocean, and ignite a wave of action toward necessary change.

Featured Speakers


Depths of Commitment:

Opening Remarks & Performance



Keynote Address

Depths of Compassion:


Winners Announced: Annual Photo Competition

Depths of Understanding:

Contributor Remarks

Fireside Chat

Depths of Collaboration:

Keynote Address

Expert Panel

Closing Remarks & Performances

Photo Competition
for World Oceans Day 2024

The competition is closed for entries. Tune in on 7 June for the presentation of winning photography.