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World Oceans Day celebrated on 8th June

Published on June 09, 2019
World Oceans Day 2019 was celebrated on 8th June with the theme "Gender and Oceans".
World Oceans Day celebrated on 8th June


  • The day was declared in 2008.
  • It marks the day when it was first proposed in 1992 by Canada's International Centre for Ocean Development (ICOD) and the Ocean Institute of Canada (OIC) at the Earth Summit, UN Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Theme for the World Oceans Day 2019:

  • The theme for the year 2019 is "Gender and Oceans".
  • The theme is to build greater ocean and gender literacy and to 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, as well as policy-making and management.
  • The importance of gender equality is being recognized increasingly for the effective conservation and sustainable use of oceans, seas, and marine resources.
  • Yet very little data and researches are available on these issues.
  • Serious action towards gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls is still needed in all ocean-related sectors to achieve Sustainable Development Goal 5.

Campaign against Plastic Pollution:

  • MarĂ­a Fernanda Espinosa, the President of the General Assembly launched "Play It Out" which is a global campaign against plastic pollution.
  • Decades of overuse of single-use plastics has caused a huge menace to the marine lives.
  • 13,000,000 tonnes of plastic leak into the ocean every year which kills 100,000 marine animals annually.
  • While most plastics are expected to remain intact for decades or centuries after use. These plastics erode and ends up as micro-plastics, consumed by fish and other marine wildlife, quickly making their way into the global food chain.


Q. When is the World Oceans Day celebrated? 
a. 6th June
b. 7th June
c. 8th June
d. 9th June

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