World Oceans Day


June 8, 2023


World Oceans Day is an annual observance that is celebrated on June 8 by the United Nations and other international organisations. It is a day to celebrate the ocean and raise awareness about the importance of ocean conservation.

The theme for World Oceans Day 2023 is “Planet Ocean: Tides are Changing”. This theme aims to raise awareness of the importance of the ocean and the need to protect it. The 2023 theme is a call to action for everyone to make a difference by reducing our consumption of single-use plastics, supporting sustainable seafood, and advocating for policies that protect the ocean.

Canada’s International Centre for Ocean Development (ICOD) and the Ocean Institute of Canada (OIC) first proposed World Oceans Day in 1992 at the Earth Summit – UN Conference on Environment and Development in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The resolution 63/111 was passed on the December 5, 2008, at the UN General Assembly and World Oceans Day was declared as an observance on June 8.