World Oceans Day 2021: Life and Livelihoods


The ocean covers over 70% of the planet and produces at least 50% of the planet’s oxygen. It drives our weather and climate, is home to most of earth’s biodiversity and is the main source of protein for more than a billion people around the world.  The “blue economy,” which is estimated at US$ 3-6 trillion/year, accounts for more than three quarters of world trade and providing livelihoods for over 6 billion people.

“The Ocean: Life and Livelihoods” is the theme for this year’s World Oceans Day on 8 June.

“We have a once in a generation opportunity and responsibility to correct our relationship with the natural world – including the world’s seas and oceans,” said United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres in a message.



This is the new WMO video, narrated by UN Ocean Envoy, Ambassador Peter Thomson, highlighting the vital role of the ocean in our interconnected world, the increasing impact of climate change, and the need for better ocean services, science and observations to protect lives at sea and in coastal areas. This will be shown within the UN’s Virtual World Ocean Day Ceremony.