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Film screening at HQ to commemorate World Oceans Day 2010
01 June 2010 / 04:09

[Dateline: New York | Author: Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea, Office of Legal Affairs]

In observance of World Oceans Day , celebrated annually on 8 June, the Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea (DOALOS) in the Office of Legal Affairs (OLA) is organizing a number of events at Headquarters, including the screening of the Disneynature documentary feature “Oceans” in cooperation with the Permanent Mission of the Principality of Monaco to the United Nations.

The screening is taking place on Tuesday, 8 June from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., in the General Assembly Hall, and is open to UN staff, delegates and the general public.  Attendees with a UN grounds pass do not need to RSVP. Those without a UN grounds pass must RSVP by 4 June to fuentesc@un.org .

Access is at the UN entrance on First Avenue at 46th Street and attendees should arrive at least 30 minutes before the screening to allow sufficient time to pass through security and be seated on time.

A video message by H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco will precede the screening.

Observed every year on 8 June, World Oceans Day has been celebrated by many countries following the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development , which was held in Rio de Janeiro in 1992. In 2008, the General Assembly proclaimed 8 June as World Oceans Day. [UN Observances]

The oceans are essential to food security as well as economic development. The health and survival of life on Earth is very closely linked to the oceans, which have a role in regulating our climate and are a critical part of the biosphere. The official designation of World Oceans Day is an opportunity to raise global awareness of the current opportunities and challenges faced by the international community in connection with the oceans.

The theme of this year’s commemoration is “Our oceans: opportunities and challenges.”

“Oceans”, directed by Jacques Perrin and Jacques Cluzaud, dives into the waters that sustain humankind, exploring the harsh reality and the amazing creatures that live within. Narrated by Pierce Brosnan and featuring spectacular never-before-seen imagery captured by the latest underwater technology, “Oceans” offers an unprecedented look beneath the sea.

Further enquiries may be directed to fuentesc@un.org .