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World Oceans Day to be observed on June 8 with the theme "Our Ocean, Our Future"

This year World Oceans Day is going to be observed on June 8 with the theme "Our Ocean, Our Future" coordinated by UNESCO.

According to UNESCO, the World Oceans Day is an opportunity for all of us to take measure of the global sustainable development challenges we face and to unite for the oceans we need for the future we want.

The observance this year will be marked by the first-ever United Nations Ocean Conference 'to build partnerships and strengthen the commitments needed to implement the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 14 of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development – to conserve and sustainability use an ocean that gives humankind the keys to its survival, from oxygen to a well-functioning climate, to key elements of our natural and human heritage'.

The First World Oceans Day was observed globally in 1992 with the objectives of moving the oceans from the sidelines to the center of the intergovernmental and NGO discussions and policy and strengthening the voice of ocean and coastal constituencies worldwide.

However, the observance was officially recognised by the United Nations in 2008 through an Ocean Project by forging partnership with the World Ocean Network, Association of Zoos and Aquariums, and many other partners in its network of 2,000 organisations.