United Nations World Oceans Day 2021 – June 8

The first to take place during the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development, the theme for this year’s United Nations World Oceans Day is The Ocean: Life & Livelihoods, which will explore the wonders of the ocean and how we can create sustainable and inclusive livelihoods for all who depend on it.⁠ In support of this goal, Peace Boat US will be involved in a number of events – some online, some in-person and others hybrid events. We invite you to join us to celebrate the ocean!
* Where events take place in-person, COVID-19 prevention measures will be in place according to NYC guidelines.

Action for the Oceans Day – June 11

June 11, 4:00 – 11:00 pm
Selina Chelsea New York City Hotel

On Friday June 11, Peace Boat US will focus on Action for the Oceans! The day will feature an in-person event and exhibition at the Selina Chelsea NYC Hotel from 4 pm – 11 pm with Peace Boat partners, as well as various online activities.

Youth Project Presentation (Online and in-person)

The highlight of Peace Boat US activities for UN World Oceans Day 2021 is the “Action for the Oceans” Youth program, a youth leadership and story-telling program, co-organized with creative changency Pendulum.

After having participated in various training and exchange sessions over recent months, the first cohort of participants in this program will present their stories in a hybrid exhibition event on June 11 raising awareness for the oceans through art, music and films.

Participants, including many of Peace Boat’s Ocean and Climate Youth Ambassadors from Small Island Developing States and “Youth for the SDGs” scholars, will present their work from various countries including Fiji, Seychelles, Trinidad and Tobago, India, Mauritius, Chile, Mexico and more.
Some aspects of the presentation will take place online and others in-person at the Selina Chelsea NYC Hotel in a hybrid exhibition.

Event and Exhibition (Online and in-person)

June 11, 4:00 – 11:00 pm
Selina Chelsea New York City Hotel + Online

Join us in person to celebrate the Oceans on the afternoon of June 11 with Peace Boat US partners working to protect the ocean.

The exhibition will feature stories through photographs and art from the Action for the Oceans Youth program as well as sustainable fashion, artistic displays for the oceans, a Pecha Kucha Night of exciting talks and musical performances. Stay tuned for more details!

30 x 30 Youth – Celebrating UN World Oceans Day 2021!

June 11, 3:00 – 7:00 pm
Selina Chelsea New York City Hotel + Online

We invite 30 youth aged 30 and younger to join us for the afternoon session of the day from 3 pm – 7 pm with Peace Boat partners, as well as various online activities. This program, starting 1 hour before the day is open to general audiences, will include workshops, art exhibits, film screenings and networking opportunities with UN Partners and NGOs working towards ocean conservation and climate action! We look forward to seeing you there!

Why 30 x 30 ?
We hope to inspire future generations to take action for the oceans and support the campaign to protect 30% of the world’s ocean resources by the year 2030. To learn more about the 30 x 30 Campaign, visit the Ocean Unite website for more details.

Immerse Yourself in the Sounds of the Ocean (Online and In-person)

June 11, 10:00 – 11:00 pm
Selina Chelsea New York City Hotel + Online

The Action for the Oceans Day at the Selina Chelsea Hotel will feature “Ocean”, an immersive soundscape, hydrophone recordings, whale songs, music inspired by the sea, together with the Envelop SF community, Peace Boat US and Parties4Peace.

Created by Christopher Willits and Ryan Kleeman, this sonic journey incorporates hydrophone recordings, whale song, and music inspired by the sea. Music composed by Christopher Willits and Willits + Ryuichi Sakamoto weaves through the mysterious underwater world that is so often on the periphery of our environmental awareness. As we listen and feel the sounds of our oceans, we have an opportunity to connect deeper to our vital aquatic ecosystems that are in great need of our protection.

Those unable to join the activities at Selina Chelsea Hotel can tune in to hear the music at the Envelop Sound link.

Ocean Film Festival (Online and in-person)

June 11, 4:00 – 11:00 pm
Selina Chelsea New York City Hotel + Online

The Ocean Film Festival will be held June 11-15, together with SIMA Studios. We invite you to view inspiring films for the oceans and help create a tide of change for our oceans through the power of film. The Ocean Film Festival will be held on the SIMA Studios Virtual cinema platform, with select films also featured on June 11 at the Action for the Oceans – a hybrid exhibition to celebrate UN World Oceans Week at Selina Chelsea NYC Hotel.

Film viewing in person will be subject to capacity at the Selina Chelsea NYC Hotel.

Action for the Oceans – Sustainable Ocean Alliance (SOA) New York City Hub Launch (In-person)

June 11, 2:00 – 8:00 pm
Selina Chelsea New York City Hotel

Peace Boat US’ partners, Sustainable Ocean Alliance (SOA) will launch their New York City Hub at the “Action for the Oceans” Day. Join us for a great conversation about the oceans and how you can help to take positive action with the SOA NYC Hub.
Please note this event begins earlier than the overall day’s program.

Ocean Pecha Kucha (in-person)

June 11, 6:30 – 8:00 pm
Selina Chelsea New York City Hotel + Online

Pecha Kucha Nights invite creatives of all fields to meet, present projects, and exchange ideas in over 1000 cities around the world. Every PechaKucha Night features a charismatic host to introduce ten or so speakers from a range of fields, and a variety of experiences. The only official PechaKucha Night for the oceans, this special evening will showcase our incredible partners in New York – see the link below for details including speakers!

In addition to Action for the Oceans Day on June 11, Peace Boat US is supporting and speaking at the following events with our partners during World Oceans Week:

UN World Oceans Day 2021 All-Day Event (Online)

June 8, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm (Eastern / NYC time)
The official United Nations World Oceans Day event, produced in partnership with Oceanic Global, is a free, fully virtual event. Hosted by the United Nations Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea, Office of Legal Affairs, in Partnership with Oceanic Global. Presented by Blancpain & Supported by La Mer.
Details and RSVP here

La política oceánica y la minería de los fondos marinos en Latinoamérica y Sudamérica / Ocean Policy and Deep Sea Mining in Latin & South America (Online, in Spanish)

June 10, 10 am (Eastern/NYC time)

Latin American countries face some of the most difficult climate issues of our time. This #UNWorldOceansDay we will highlight the stories and main issues regarding ocean policy in these regions. In a collaboration with The Oxygen Project x Peace Boat US x OA Alliance x Restore Coral x SOA Latin America this important discussion will be led by a keynote from Michelle Bachelet – Former President of Chile, followed by a panel that will highlight the stories and main issues regarding the oceans and ocean policy in Latin America told by international NGOS, civil society, and advising figures. This event will be held virtually in Spanish via the SOA platform.

Advancing Climate and Ocean Action Through Art, Education, and Outreach (Online)

June 10, 4 pm (Eastern/NYC time)

During this year’s UN World Ocean Day, we have an opportunity to increase global ambition for actions that reduce the causes and impacts of climate-ocean change–including actions that support food security and sovereignty, increase resilience of marine ecosystems and build a sustainable ocean economy. This is reflected in the UN Sustainable Development Goal Agenda and target SDG 14.3, to “Minimize and address the impacts of ocean acidification.” Together with the International Alliance to Combat Ocean Acidification, Peace Boat will be joining an event entitled “Advancing Climate and Ocean Action Through Art, Education and Outreach”

Planet 911 – Earth X TV and Peace Boat US (Online)

June 11, 6:00pm EST Premiere

Join us online with Earth X TV for a special Planet 911 Series featuring our Ocean and Climate Youth Ambassadors and Youth for the SDGs Scholars: Silvia Cantu from Mexico, La Tisha Parkinson and Khadija Stewart, from Trinidad and Tobago as they share their stories for climate action and the oceans.

Coney Island Beach Sweep

June 12, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm EST
NY Aquarium, 602 Surf Ave, Brooklyn

Join us for a beach sweep along the Coney Island boardwalk near the New York Aquarium to cap off World Ocean Week 2021! Help us protect marine wildlife by cleaning up the beach and see the positive impact we can make when we work together to care for our local coastlines.
Full details including registration and COVID precautions through the link below.