Celebrating World Ocean Day with Children and Youth

To mark World Ocean Day on 8 June 2024, Hub Director Elisa Morgera participated in a webinar organized by the UNEP Faith for Earth Youth Council and the Child and Youth Major Group to UNEP. This youth-led event offered a space for guided discussion with youth ocean defenders and allied adult leaders working to support young people in ocean awareness and conversation. Young ocean actors shared their inspiring work, opportunities, and networks with the larger Faith for Earth Coalition and young people worldwide. They also shared their insights into the limitations of current international ocean governance fora in genuinely integrating children and youth, including at the Barcelona Conference of the UN Ocean Science Decade.  

The event provided an opportunity to reflect on the work of the One Ocean Hub on children’s human rights in the context of ocean governance (see also here and here), transdisciplinary ocean research, ocean-climate nexus, and ocean literacy (see also here), and to reflect on how children and youth can contribute to the work of the UN Special Rapporteur on Climate Change and Human Rights.   

For more information on the background, see the June 2024 scene-setting report of the UN Special Rapporteur on Climate Change, which discusses the importance of children’s human rights – see here >>

If you wish to know more about children’s human rights and ocean governance, please explore this Learning Pathway on One Ocean Learn: