World Oceans Day 2021

The United Nations celebrates World Oceans Day annually on 8 June as an opportunity to raise global awareness of the benefits humankind derives from the ocean and our individual and collective duty to use its resources sustainably. A healthy world ocean is critical to our survival. The 2021 World Oceans Day Theme, “Ocean: 
Life & Livelihoods”, is intended to shed light on the wonder of the ocean 
and how it is our lifesource, supporting humanity and every other organism on Earth.

In recognition of World Oceans Day 2021, Dr. Cleopatra Doumbia-Henry, President of the World Maritime University (WMU) provided a video message saying:

To view President Doumbia-Henry's recorded message, click here.

“World Oceans Day provides the opportunity for us to pause, and to consider the wonder of the ocean. The health of the Ocean is critical to all life on Earth, yet it is deteriorating from anthropogenic carbon emissions and excess heat, as well as the overexploitation of marine living resources. These are real and present threats that lack easy or instant solutions. We must not be daunted by the scale of these challenges. Fundamentally, solutions lie in education and building capacity coupled with collaborative action to raise awareness and deliver the engagement of all parties involved in the sustainable management of our oceans.

Pursuing a Blue Economy represents an opportunity, a chance for innovation and a gateway to apply new technology as well as a great opportunity to improve ocean sustainability. WMU is doing its part by actively investing in young researchers to build capacity for the future, by prioritizing research and the application of cutting-edge technological innovations, and building collaborative, transformative partnerships.

Each and every one of us has a role to play in ensuring Ocean health. For the benefit of humanity and all life on Earth, protecting this invaluable resource must be a priority.”

Since its founding, WMU has contributed to sustainable use of the ocean by focusing on the implementation and enforcement of IMO instruments to reduce accidents and ship-source pollution. Building on this strong foundation, ocean-related matters have become part of WMU’s mandate and are incorporated across all degree programmes.

To view President Doumbia-Henry's recorded message, click here.

WMU World Oceans Day Webinar

To mark World Oceans Day 2021, the WMU-Sasakawa Global Ocean Institute is hosting a public Webinar - “Ocean and Climate Challenges: Seeking Sustainable Solutions”, with a special book launch of Frontiers in International Environmental Law: Oceans and Climate Challenges - Essays in Honour of David Freestone. Prominent speakers will address the topics of:

  • The Ocean and Climate Change Law Exploring the Relationships
  • Sea level rise as a pressing concern of the international community and the work of the International Law Commission 
  • The Implications of the Climate Emergency for the Exploitation of Seabed Minerals
  • The Role of Private Actors in Climate and Oceans Law

The webinar is open to the public and free of charge, provided space is available. For more information and to register, click here.

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