The Secretary-General's Message on the World Oceans Day

08 Jun 2014

“Ocean Sustainability: Together let's ensure oceans can sustain us into the future" 

The observance of World Oceans Day this year coincides with the 20th anniversary of the entry into force of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea.  Known as the “Constitution for the Oceans”, this instrument provides a comprehensive legal regime for all ocean activities and is critical to the sustainable use of the world’s seas and oceans.  

We have to ensure that oceans continue to meet our needs without compromising those of future generations.  They regulate the planet’s climate and are a significant source of nutrition.  Their surface provides essential passage for global trade, while their depths hold current and future solutions to humanity’s energy needs. 

On this World Oceans Day, let us reflect on the multiple benefits of the oceans.  Let us commit to keep them healthy and productive and to use their resources peacefully, equitably and sustainably for the benefit of current and future generations.