World Oceans Day 2019
This year, the United Nations World Oceans Day will be focused on Gender and Ocean. At UNESCO, we will connect the theme to sustainable consumption of marine products, through the role of science and Chefs as influencers of the consumption habits of the population, as well as the female Chefs committed to the cause in a predominantly masculine profession.
The health of the ocean is in decline. Marine biodiversity is becoming increasingly degraded. In this context, the United Nations has made ocean protection a priority.
At the Earth Summit held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 1992, the idea of a day dedicated to the celebration of the oceans emerged. It was meant to sensitize the general public to the crucial role they play in our livelihood, as well as the different ways to protect them.
Thus, on December 5, 2008, through Resolution 63/111, the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed June 8 as World Oceans Day.
This year, the World Ocean Day is focused on how ocean science can lead to more responsible gastronomy and sustainable consumption.
Chefs have a vital role in preserving ocean resources through their influence on the diet of mainstream audiences, as well as restaurateurs around the world. From this perspective, World Oceans Day aims to highlight the link between science, sustainable consumption, the influence of Chefs on consumer habits, new generations of cooks and sustainable marine products, as well as the presence women Chefs committed to the cause.