Through our work in marine safety, fisheries enforcement, and maritime policy, and with the help of our national, international and non-governmental partners we are committed to an active voice for the oceans and promote economic and environmental stability throughout the Pacific and Oceania.
World Oceans Day has been celebrated unofficially since its original proposal 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.
The Brundtland Commission, i.e., the World Commission on Environment and Development, provided the inspiration for a global oceans day. The 1987 Brundtland Report noted that the ocean sector lacked a strong voice compared to other sectors. At the first World Oceans Day in 1992, the objectives were to move the oceans from the sidelines to the center of the intergovernmental and NGO discussions and policy and to strengthen the voice of ocean and coastal constituencies worldwide. World Oceans Day was officially recognized by the United Nations in late 2008.
World Oceans Day events are celebrated on 8 June, the closest weekend, the week, and the month of June.
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