World Oceans Day – Protecting what connects us all

Monday, June 8th 2020, saw the Maritime Industry united over the same cause, as Industry members around the globe shared their support for World Oceans Day. Annually, this day is an opportunity to celebrate what, quite literally, carries our industry: our oceans. More importantly, it is a reminder of our responsibility to protect and restore said oceans, as pollution and climate change pose a growing threat to them and their ecosystems.

This year, World Oceans Day calls on world leaders to protect 30% of our blue planet by 2030 and help ensure a healthy home for all. This initiative, called 30×30, goes hand in hand with the vision for the Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development, that is to be held from 2021 to 2030. Proclaimed by the United Nations in 2017, the decade will provide a common framework to ensure that ocean science can fully support countries’ actions to sustainably manage the Oceans. It is a ‘once in a lifetime’ opportunity to create a new foundation, across the science-policy interface, to strengthen the management of our oceans and coasts for the benefit of humanity.

“The United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development is a unique opportunity to engage the ocean science community in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals – globally, regionally and locally.”– Dr. Vladimir Ryabinin, Executive Secretary of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission and Assistant Director General of UNESCO

 

As reported in the First World Ocean Assessment in 2016, oceans are experiencing a significant decline in health with changes and losses in the structure, function and benefits obtained from marine systems. Without taking action, climate change, population growth and multiple environmental stressors will have a significant impact.

This is not the future we want or need for our oceans, so to create a future where their health is valued and protected, the Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development is set to Support ocean science that is fit for purpose.

To enable the necessary actions the OSSD plans on:

– Strengthening dialogues

– Developing partnerships

– Developing capacity-building

– Leveraging funds/investment

The UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development was born out of the recognition that much more needs to be done to reverse the cycle of decline in ocean health and create improved conditions for the sustainable development of the ocean, seas and coasts.