World Oceans Day 2022: Theme, history

The World Oceans Day is celebrated on June 8 every year across the globe. Oceans make up over 70 percent of the planet and are essential to support and promote life. Their degradation could destabilise the earth’s dynamics with natural resources.

The United Nations will highlight the theme Revitalisation: Collective Action for the Ocean on World Oceans Day, on June 8, 2022.


The concept of World Oceans Day was first proposed by the UN in 1992 at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro. It was suggested that a day be observed to raise awareness about the crucial role oceans play in our lives and ways in which people can help protect them.
Since 2002, the World Ocean Network has built support for ocean awareness events on June 8 with the help of sponsorship from UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission.
On December 5, 2008, the UN General Assembly passed a resolution to designate this day.
Apart from UNESCO, other agencies under the aegis of the UN such as the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and FAO also work to protect marine and coastal ecosystems.