Celebration of World Oceans Day 2015

Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. UN Photo/Mark Garten

Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. UN Photo/Mark Garten

New York, 8 June 2015 – The United Nations will celebrate World Oceans Day 2015 and recognize the winners of the Annual World Oceans Day Oceanic Photo Competition at an event on 8 June 2015 at the United Nations Headquarters. This year’s theme for World Oceans Day is “Healthy Oceans, Healthy Planet.”

The celebration of World Oceans Day coincides with the first day of the twenty-fifth meeting of the Meeting of States Parties to the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea. This year will also mark the twentieth anniversary of the adoption and opening for signature of the Fish Stocks Agreement.

A reception will be held at the United Nations Headquarters between 6 and 8pm, where the winners of the photo contest will be announced. The winning photos will be projected in large format. A quartet of the United Nations Orchestra will perform at the reception.

At sunset the Empire State Building will be beautifully lit in the World Oceans Day colours of white, blue and purple, representing the different layers of the ocean.