Introduction and background
The 8th of June is observed internationally as World Oceans Day. While the day has been unofficially celebrated since the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro in 1992, in December 2008, the United Nations General Assembly passed a resolution to officially recognise World Oceans Day on June 8 each year.
This special day is an opportunity to celebrate the world’s shared oceans and to raise awareness about the crucial role the ocean plays in people lives. The oceans are essential to food security and the health and survival of all life. They also power our climate and are a critical part of the biosphere. World Oceans Day is an opportunity to raise global awareness of the current challenges faced by the international community in connection with the oceans.
South Africa’s celebration
The observance of World Oceans Day in South Africa allows us to highlight the impact of oceans on our country and the various ways in which oceans contribute to our country. Celebrating the day provides the department with an opportunity to highlight the considerable challenges we face in dealing with marine pollution, maintaining the oceans’ capacity to regulate the global climate, supply essential ecosystem services and provide sustainable livelihoods and safe recreation.
The celebration of the day coincides with and forms part of the dedication of June as National Environment Month
Oceans Day 2013 theme and activities
The 2012 theme is: “Oceans and People.”
The Department of Environmental Affairs invites you to join the world-wide celebration of World Oceans Day (08 June 2013) as we host the SA Agulhas II Open Day on Saturday, 08 June 2013.
World Oceans Day aims to raise awareness of the role of the oceans and the importance of conserving and protecting our marine environment.
The annual SA Agulhas II Open Day offers the public a unique opportunity to learn more about the SA Agulhas II, its operations and the department’s research in the oceans and coastal environment.
Date: 08 June 2013
Venue: East Pier Road, East Pier Shed, V & A Waterfront, Cape Town
Time: 09:00 – 15:00
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