Wednesday, June 8, 2011

World Oceans Day UN Panel Discussion

To mark World Oceans Day, the UN is promoting a press briefing and a panel discussion at its Headquarters in New York on Wednesday, 8 June 2011, between 3:00 – 5:00 PM EST.

The theme of the press briefing and panel discussion is “Our oceans: greening our future.” The event will be webcase live on UNTV (see channel 4 on the right hand side of the United Nations Webcast page).

Introductory remarks by Ms. Patricia O’Brien, Under-Secretary-General for Legal Affairs and United Nations Legal Counsel

Moderator: Professor David Freestone, George Washington University

Panel Members: (one for each segment)

Oceans and the environment: Mrs. Maria Teresa Mesquita Pessôa, Permanent Mission of Brazil to the United Nations

Oceans and the social impact: Ms. Chandrika Sharma, International Collective in Support of Fishworkers (ICSF)

Economic aspects of the oceans: Dr. Rashid Sumaila, University of British Columbia, Canada

Oceans and youth: Mr. William Mott, The Ocean Project

The Empire State Building will be lit on the evening of 8 June for World Oceans Day in white, blue and purple, representing the different layers of the ocean. White at the top represents the shallowest, sunlit waters and also the polar ice cap. The blue represents the slightly deeper ocean waters, and the purple even deeper waters in the ocean. The unlit portions, or black, represent those parts of the ocean where the sun does not reach. The overall representation covers all aspects, and all parts, of the ocean, not just the surface that we can see.

For further information please contact Marco Boccia at

© 2011, Richard Matthews. All rights reserved.

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