world ocean festival, graphicBy land and by sea, the inaugural World Ocean Festival will take place on June 4, in New York City to kick off The Ocean Conference to be held June 5-9, 2017.  The new public event was revealed on April 11 at United Nations Headquarters during a press briefing by Commissioner of the Mayor’s Office for International Affairs Penny Abeywardena, Founder of the World Ocean Festival and The Global Brain Foundation Natalia Vega Berry, and President of the United Nations General Assembly H.E. Peter Thomson. The World Ocean Festival will highlight and support The Ocean Conference to be held at UN Headquarters June 5-9 in New York City. (image – world ocean festival)


First-Ever World Ocean Festival

On Sunday June 4, the World Ocean Festival serves as an all-day rallying point, a collective platform and a concerted voice for the millions of people and organizations who care deeply about the Ocean and who stand together to ensure a sustainable future.  The World Ocean Festival features an Ocean March; a first-of-its kind parade of large and small boats that moves over 10 nautical miles around New York Harbor from the Hudson to East River.  On land, the festival celebrates art, education, innovation and tools for ocean action in an Ocean Village in Gantry State Park in Long Island City, New York overlooking the East River.


H.E. Peter Thomson, President of the UN General Assembly remarked: “The City of New York has shown great leadership in embracing the Sustainable Development Goals, and we welcome the announcement of this public event in support of The Ocean Conference and Sustainable Development Goal 14. This is a critical time for the Ocean. We must rally together and drive conservation and sustainable management of Ocean’s resources.”


Focus On SDG #14

world ocean festival , Opening the following day, the World Ocean Conference will serve to galvanize people across the world to bring public attention to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), specifically Goal 14, on conservation and sustainable use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development. The Ocean Conference aims to be the game changer that will reverse the decline in the health of the Ocean for people, planet and prosperity. The goal of The Ocean Conference is to adopt by consensus a concise, focused, intergovernmentally agreed “Call for Action” to support the implementation of Goal 14, as well as a list of voluntary commitments for the implementation of Goal 14, to be announced at the Conference.
Actionable voluntary commitments are already flowing in from around the world from Governments, the United Nations system, other intergovernmental organizations, international and regional financial institutions, non-governmental organizations and civil society organizations, academic and research institutions, the scientific community, the private sector, philanthropic organizations and other actors – individually or in partnership – that aim to contribute to the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14.


Tackling Ocean Issues and Embracing Solutions

The issues that threaten our Ocean range from illegal fishing threatening species, human sustenance, and economies worldwide; to marine pollution in the form of chemical run-off, spills, and proliferation of plastics filling our Ocean and now entering our food chain; to climate change that is killing our coral reefs, flooding human and animal habitats and feeding a disastrous feedback loop of rising world temperatures.  But the biggest threats to our ocean are ignorance and business as usual: The Ocean Conference serves to shine a light on a global issue that can no longer be ignored.


What You Can Do:

Additional World Ocean Festivals are happening in Lima, Peru, Sydney, Australia. Cape Town, South Africa, London, UK, San Francisco, USA, Fiji, Marshall Islands, Tokyo, Japan, Mumbai, India, and Stockholm, Sweden. There are several ways to Get Involved whether you live in New York or not!  Register for the Ocean March on June 4, 2017, follow on Twitter @WorldOceanFest, on Instagram @WorldOceanFestival, and on Facebook @WorldOceanFestival. Spread the word, and share the news using #saveourocean.


Thank You Goes To:

The City of New York and The Global Brain are joined by leaders in ocean conservation, advocacy, and sustainable development our Founding Partners Ocean Elders, Mission Blue, and Oceanic, as well Core Supporters including Peace Boat, Connect4Climate, Ocean Collectiv and NGO Committee on Sustainable Development-NY. The event is made possible by support from Founding Sponsor Toyota USA, creator of the Mirai fuel cell vehicle.


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