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World Oceans Day – 8 June
Theme - World Oceans Day (8 June 2015) - “Healthy Oceans, healthy planet”
The National Institute of Oceanography celebrates the World Ocean Day 2015 by joining the world community again and through its reiterated pledge to support activities of civic consciousness of the ocean environments and its various facets. Dr. Asif Inam, Director General and several scientists spoke on important national interest avenues and provided once again their commitment to ocean research for national development. The Ocean Day is extra special for NIO this year as the Nation celebrates the extension of its Continental Shelf boundaries and with it, its increased potentials. The day offers an opportunity to recognize the considerable challenges we face in maintaining their capacity to regulate the global climate, supply essential ecosystem services and provide sustainable livelihoods and safe recreation. Furthering our emphasis on individual and collective duty to protect the marine environment and carefully manage its resources. It is vital that the Nation comes together to:
- Identify opportunities for inter-linkages
- enhance partnerships to achieve targets and development goals
- Generate new public and private sources of finance
- Improve the capacity for implementing and monitoring national policies
- Create opportunities for the coordination
- Increase use of information and communication technologies to enhance effective communication and information sharing.
In 2008, the United Nations General Assembly decided that, as from 2009, 8 June would be designated by the United Nations as “World Oceans Day” (Resolution 63/111, paragraph 171). Many countries have celebrated World Oceans Day following the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development, which was held in Rio de Janeiro in 1992.
The oceans are essential to food security and the health and survival of all life, power our climate and are a critical part of the biosphere. The official designation of World Oceans Day is an opportunity to raise global awareness of the current challenges faced by the international community in connection with the oceans.
The Oceans cover 70% of the planet, and the significance of the oceans is un debated. It regulates our climate, feeds millions, produces oxygen and is home to a variety of wildlife that serves humanity in a variety of ways. Human activities are taking a terrible toll on the world’s oceans and seas. Vulnerable marine ecosystems, such as corals, and important fisheries are being damaged by over-exploitation, illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing, destructive fishing practices, invasive alien species and marine pollution, especially from land-based sources. Increased sea temperatures, sea-level rise and ocean acidification caused by climate change add to it. Safe, healthy and productive seas and oceans are integral to human well-being, economic security and sustainable development and prosperity of nations.
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