Every 8 June, many countries celebrate the World Oceans Day and that since 1992 following the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development, held in Rio de Janeiro.
In 2008, the United Nations General Assembly decided that, as of 2009, 8 June would be designated by the United Nations as “World Oceans Day”.
We have, in this special day, an opportunity to raise global awareness of the benefits we can derive from the ocean and our individual and collective duty to use its resources sustainably. We have also the opportunity to involve our children and learn them the respect of the Environment and the Nature because they will also depend on these latter for their livelihoods!
A lot of events will be organized all around the world in order to mobilize million of people. So, let’s celebrate the oceans and let’s appreciate what they give us.
In response to the economic crisis caused by COVID-19, Mediterranean countries are in the process of introducing policy, measures and stimulus packages to support recovery. Millions of jobs are on the line and according to initial estimates, lockdowns aiming to weather the pandemic will have already knocked several percentage points off national income. Yet despite the trail of destruction that COVID-19 is leaving in its wake, the region must seize a historic opportunity to build back better.
Building back better entails revisiting our relationship with nature. In the Mediterranean billions will be injected into economic recovery programmes. Decisions on which sectors these flows will pour into and whether green jobs and renewable energy will be prioritised over the unsustainable business-as-usual will shape our collective future in the region.
The MAP Coordinator will speak at a webinar organized by IDDRI on curbing plastic pollution in the ocean.
Send us drawing and comics to protect the oceans!
THE MEDITERRANEAN ACTION PLAN
Map of upcoming events in the world