Marine Day in Japan
The World Ocean Day takes place every year on 8 June. Annually, Japan celebrates Marine Day on the third Monday in July which falls on 17 July this year. It is a national holiday and a day when the Japanese people, especially young people and children, give thanks to the ocean’s bounty, renew the bonds between Japanese people and consider the importance of the ocean to Japan as an island nation. WMU joins the Japanese people in celebrating Marine Day.
This year is especially important in this respect with the successful United Nations Ocean Conference held in June in New York, during which countries from around the world, academic institutions, industry actors, non-governmental organizations and civil society registered their commitment concerning the “Call for Action.” The objective is to support the implementation of United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 14 - Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development. Target 14.3 aims to ensure that by 2025, we prevent and significantly reduce marine pollution of all kinds, in particular from land-based activities, including marine debris and nutrient pollution concerning the Ocean.
President Doumbia-Henry stated, “WMU joins The Nippon Foundation in marking this important day in Japan. WMU and The Nippon Foundation’s joint announcement on 6 July of the WMU-Sasakawa Global Ocean Institute is timely in this respect. The Institute will contribute to research, building capacity and raising awareness of the importance of the Ocean’s sustainable development for all countries and peoples. The Ocean is a source of food, life, and economic development and needs all of us to protect it for future generations.”