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World Oceans Day: 8 June

World Oceans Day: 8 June

World Oceans Day takes place every 8 June. World Oceans Day is an annual observation to honor, help protect, and conserve the world's oceans.

This year, the theme for World Oceans Day is “Gender and the Ocean”, an opportunity to explore the gender dimension of humankind’s relationship with the ocean.

The 2019 edition of World Oceans Day will strive to build greater ocean and gender literacy and discover possible ways to promote gender equality in ocean-related activities such as marine scientific research, fisheries, labour at sea, migration by sea and human trafficking, policy-making and management.

Recent findings about World’s oceans

  • Carbon dioxide gets dissolved in the ocean’s surface water.
  • World’s oceans absorb carbon dioxide that would otherwise stay afloat in the atmosphere. Between the years 1994 and 2007, oceans absorbed a whopping 34 gigatonnes of carbon dioxide. The figures comes down to 31% of what gets into the atmosphere by the people.
  • An increase in carbon dioxide in the ocean leads to ocean acidification, which can dissolve the calcium carbonate that makes up mussel shells and coral skeletons, interrupting vital processes like fish breathing.

History

The first World Oceans Day was observed in 1992. In 2008, the United Nations General Assembly passed a resolution officially recognizing 8 June to be "World Oceans Day". As such, the United Nations Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea, Office of Legal Affairs promotes the celebration of this International Day for the United Nations.

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