We are celebrating World Oceans Day with a special message from the Pacific Ocean Commissioner
“Our ocean covers a third of the globe – we must celebrate it and protect it. Our voice must be heard, our leadership matters,” says Dame Meg Taylor, the Pacific Ocean Commissioner and Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat, as we celebrate World Oceans Day today.
Events are planned around the globe to celebrate the ocean, which for Pacific people links us all, economically, socially, environmentally and importantly, culturally. The theme for this year’s World Oceans Day is ‘Healthy Oceans, Healthy Planet’.
“The ocean, climate and weather are linked and the impacts of climate change on our ocean are already being felt by many of us. But we are strong and we will not give up on our ocean, our homes or our future. We ask the same of you,” says Dame Meg.
The Pacific Ocean Commissioner is an influential advocate for improved cooperation, coordination and collaboration in the region, for the sustainable use, management and governance of the Pacific Ocean and its resources.
“In the Pacific, the ocean is everybody’s business. It’s time to take a deeper look at the ocean – we need to change the way we think about the ocean. Solutions require innovative and creative partnerships,” says Dame Meg whose primary focus as Pacific Ocean Commissioner is to build alliances and raise awareness of the main issues, challenges and opportunities facing the region and its countries and territories.
“There are many reasons for the Pacific to cement the ocean as a global priority into the future,” says Dame Meg.
“The Pacific Ocean is the largest body of water on the planet and hosts some of its’ richest marine ecosystems and as a result the Ocean and its extensive resources remain central to the lives and future prosperity of Pacific Island people. Pacific Island Countries and Territories demonstrate unprecedented ocean leadership such as innovative management measures for some of the largest and healthiest remaining tuna stocks in the world.”