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UN World Oceans Day 2020 Virtual Event
By Ian Bongso-Seldrup, June 3, 2020 @ 08:30 PM (EST)


This year, owing to the coronavirus pandemic, UN World Oceans Day will be a free all-digital event that’s open to all. Streamed from 10am to 5pm EDT (UTC−04:00) on June 8th, the event, which is produced in partnership with non-profit organization Oceanic Global, aims to raise global awareness about the abundance our ocean provides humankind, and our individual and collective duty to use its resources sustainably.

The program includes keynote speeches, panels, and presentations involving business leaders, scientists, youth leaders, cultural innovators, celebrities, and others, with a focus on this year’s theme: Innovation for a Sustainable Ocean.

At 12:40PM, Ellen Cuylaerts, curator of the UN World Oceans Day Photo Competition, hosted by DPG, will be joined by the contest judgesAdriana Basques, Adam Hanlon, Jill Heinerth, Darren Jew, Jane Morgan, Amos Nachoum, Miriam Stein Battles, David Salvatori, and John Thet—to announce this year’s winners. DPG will be announcing the winners shortly after, at 2PM EST.

Check out the program schedule below and register at UNWorldOceansDay.org/2020.
 

 



SCHEDULE

Opening Remarks

10:00AM

High-level speakers will open UN World Oceans Day with remarks on the 2020 theme "Innovation for a Sustainable Ocean".

Speakers
H.E. António Guterres Secretary-General of the United Nations
H.E. Tijjani Muhammad-Bande President of the General Assembly

Remarks: Cara Delevingne
 

The State of the Ocean

10:20AM

Speakers will provide an overview of the state of the ocean and highlight the inter-linkages of the problems we face, as well as opportunities we can harness.

Speakers
Sylvia Earle President & Chair, Mission Blue
Bill McKibben Co-Founder, 350.org
João Miguel Ferreira de Serpa Soares Under-Secretary-General for Legal Affairs & United Nations Legal Counsel
 

"Spotlight Solutions" for the Ocean

11:00AM

This segment spotlights current projects offering innovative solutions that address the themes of the eight interactive dialogues of the 2020 UN Ocean Conference.

Moderator
Lucy Biggers Climate and Sustainability Correspondent, NowThis

Speakers
Peter Thomson United Nations Secretary-General's Special Envoy for the Ocean
Francis Zoet Co-Founder & Director of Operations, The Great Bubble Barrier
Ahmad "Aki" Allahgholi Founder & Managing Director, Coralive.org
Olivier Ceberio COO and Co-Founder, Resolute Marine
Michael Selden Co-Founder & CEO, Finless Foods
Jossie Jasmin Dive shop Manager & Instructor at Amun Ini Dive, and Bigs Eggert Owner of Amun Ini Dive
Dirk Rosen Founder & Executive Director, Marine Applied Research and Exploration
Elisa Morgera Professor of Global Environmental Law, Strathclyde University Law School & Director, “One Ocean Hub"
Jim Ritterhoff Executive Director, FORCE BLUE
 

The Cousteaus: A Multigenerational Conversation on Ocean Exploration

12:00PM

The Cousteaus will provide a multigenerational perspective on our evolving understanding of the ocean across time, highlighting certain innovations in science and exploration that have shaped our relationship with the ocean.

Speakers
Jean-Michel Cousteau
Celine Cousteau
Fabien Cousteau

 

OceanX: Innovation, Technology and Deep Sea Exploration

12:20PM

The segment will highlight exciting developments in the world of science, technology and exploration, with a particular focus on deep sea exploration, opportunities for future discoveries and the rapid progress in this field.

Speakers
Mark Dalio Founder & Creative Director, OceanX
Edith Widder CEO & Senior Scientist, Ocean Research & Conservation Association, Inc.
 

UN World Oceans Day Photo Competition Winners

12:40PM

Announcement of the finalists and winners of the 2020 UN World Oceans Day Photo Competition.

Curator
Ellen Cuylaerts Freelance Underwater and Wildlife Photographer and Curator, 2020 UN World Oceans Day Photo Competition

Judges
Jim Standing, Adriana Basques, Adam Hanlon, Jill Heinerth, Darren Jew, Jane Morgan, Amos Nachoum, Miriam Stein Battles, David Salvatori, John Thet

Remarks: Ellie Goulding
 

The Blue Economy and Private Sector Impact

1:00PM

This panel discussion will shed light on how the private sector is engaging communities to develop solutions for a healthy ocean.

Moderator
Curtis Brainard Managing Editor, Scientific American

Speakers
Tom Szaky Founder & CEO, TerraCycle
Michael W. Lodge Secretary-General, International Seabed Authority
Dave Ford Founder, Soul Buffalo & Co-Founder, Ocean Plastics Leadership Network
Melissa Garren CEO & Founder, Working Ocean Strategies

Deeper Dive
One Ocean Foundation
 

Communities Innovating for a Sustainable Ocean

2:00PM

Panelists will provide examples of community-driven innovative approaches to effecting positive change in our relation with the ocean, highlighting key lessons learned.

Moderator
Andrea Thompson Associate Editor for Sustainability, Scientific American

Speakers
Gayatri Reksodihardjo–Lilley Director & Founder, Indonesian Nature Foundation (Yayasan Alam Indonesia Lestari - LINI)
Julia Kumari Drapkin CEO & Founder, ISeeChange
Asha de Vos Founder & Executive Director, Oceanswell
Shanta Shamsunnahar Program Coordinator, MPA Program, Wildlife Conservation Society, Bangladesh

Deeper Dive
Christophe Bailhache Photographer & Filmmaker, Co-Founder of Underwater Earth
 

Youth Driving Innovation

3:00PM

Youth from around the world will share their solutions to drive innovation, engage their community and bridge generational gaps for a healthy and sustainable ocean.

Moderator
Jack Harries Filmmaker & Environmentalist

Speakers
Forbi Perise Eyong Nyosai Greening Forward
Lilly Platt Environmentalist and Global Youth Ambassador for Plastic Pollution Coalition, WODI &Youth Mundus. Founder of Lilly's Plastic Pickup.
Dylan Vecchione Founder, ReefQuest Foundation
Callie Veelenturf Marine Conservation Biologist; Founder, The Leatherback Project and Rights for Nature
 

World Ocean Week Remarks

 

Remarks on World Oceans Week and the efforts of the Friends of World Oceans Day (FOWOD) community.

Speakers
Francois Bailet Senior Legal Officer, Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea, Office of Legal Affairs, United Nations
Lea d'Auriol Founder & Executive Director, Oceanic Global
 

A Concert for our Ocean

4:00PM

The Day will conclude with a celebration of the ocean through live performances from musicians around the world!


 

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