Get ready for World Oceans Day 2017

#WorldOceansDay June 8

In celebration of World Oceans Day on June 8, the UN Environment Caribbean Environment Programme (CEP) and the Caribbean Sub-Regional Office based in Kingston, Jamaica is proposing a number of organised activities and partnership opportunities funded by the recently concluded Global Environment Facility (GEF) funded Caribbean Regional Fund for Wastewater Management (CReW) project.

The theme for World Oceans Day, Our Oceans, Our Future encourages a unique opportunity to work together to foster a deeper connection with the environment and how we can sustainably preserve the Caribbean Sea for future generations.

Activities range from  mobilizing financial  and technical  support  to Governments  within the  region, strengthening policies,  laws  and  regulations  on  pollution  and  marine  biodiversity  to  promoting awareness among the general public. We have previously partnered with various institutions including schools on activities such as pollution and biodiversity competitions, photo contests and scientific and environmental talks. Some of which have gained national and regional exposure.

Furthermore, the UN Environment Sub-Regional office for the Caribbean brings the full range of the global  UN Environment  services  to  the  Caribbean  through  seven  priority  areas:  Climate  Change, Disasters and Conflict, Ecosystem Management, Chemicals and Waste, Resource Efficiency, Environmental Governance and Environment Under Review. It coordinates and reports on UN Environment programmes, projects and activities in 33 Caribbean countries across the region through collaboration with UN agencies, research institutions and NGOs in the Caribbean with an aim towards achieving internationally agreed targets for the Caribbean Environment.

It is the hope that the activities outlined will foster a deeper appreciation of the environment and our role in preserving the Caribbean Sea.

All activities will be promoted on social media and through networks and focal points.

  1. Ocean Literacy Videos

    As countries globally and regionally move towards meeting the Sustainable Development Goals launched by the United Nations, special focus is made to “Conserve and sustainably use the oceans,   seas   and   marine resources   for  sustainable   development”(SDG14),   videos   were requested by our partners, GEF International Waters Learning Exchange & Resource Networking (IWLearn) Project  as a useful tool in promoting awareness and encouraging participation in this global goal. A total of 23 videos were captured by UN Environment CEP at the Oracabessa Fish Sanctuary and of Caribbean Youth (at primary, secondary & tertiary levels) as well as of focal points in Costa Rica as parties to the UN Environment Protocols.

  2. Social Media Campaign

    All interested individuals may post videos stating their individual commitments or pledges to protect and preserve the Caribbean Sea. 

    Activity period: May 30, 2017 to June 4, 2017 (Midnight-EST (UTC/GMT-5)

    This activity will be promoted on social media and among networks using  hashtags : #Ipledge   #UNEnvironmentCEP  #WorldOceansDay #CleanSeas

    Persons will be encouraged to send in at least two photos following the theme for World Oceans Day and World Environment Day about how they interact with the environment:   (1) Positive and (2) Negative Interactions with Nature with a focus on the sea and rivers,. The photo story may range from different themes including pollution and/or biodiversity.

    This activity may also be extended within the Caribbean Region and/or countries that are party to the Cartagena Convention, Marine Biodiversity (SPAW) Protocol, Pollution (LBS) Protocol.

    Activity period: May 30, 2017 to June 4, 2017 (Midnight-EST (UTC/GMT-5)

    This activity will be promoted on social media and among networks using  hashtags : #Ipledge

    #UNEnvironmentCEP  #WorldOceansDay #CleanSeas

  3. Caribbean Sea Feastival Interviews

    In collaboration with the Institute of Caribbean Studies and UN Environment CEP, the Fourth (4th) Annual Caribbean Sea Fan Festival will be curated in honor of World Ocean Day under the theme:  "The Blue Economy in 2030: Minding the Caribbean Sea." The Interview will focus on how your work impacts on ensuring a sustainable blue economy and a living Caribbean Sea.

    The interview lasts approximately 30 minutes and the interviews will be captured on camera using either skype or zoom.

    UN Environment CEP will be a presenting partner and have shared contacts that can participate in the interview.

  4. Media (TV/Radio) Interview

    This may include an interview on one of the programmes whether ratification of Protocols to Land Based Sources  and/or Specially Protected Areas and Wildlife and work  being done in Jamaica in regards to Plastics and Waste Management. This is being proposed during the week of June 5-8, 2017.

For more information on World Oceans Day, please visit