One Ocean Hub’s Upcoming Events for the UN World Ocean Week 2023

You are warmly invited to join our events on innovative approaches for governments, scientists and civil society to respectfully engage with Indigenous and local knowledge in ocean research and governance. These events will contribute to celebrate UN World Ocean Day by reflecting on the need for inclusivity, equity and integrated approaches in the implementation of the new Agreement on biodiversity of areas beyond national jurisdiction (BBNJ), the FAO Guidelines on Small-scale Fisheries, other ocean governance frameworks and international human rights instruments.

We hope to bring together representatives of the UN, decision-makers, civil society representatives, and youth activists at the UN Plaza in New York on 7 and 9 June. The in-person events, organised by the One Ocean Hub, Peace Boat and Blue Planet Alliance, highlight the pressing need to learn from Indigenous and local knowledge of the ocean and for actors in ocean governance to respectfully engage with indigenous and local knowledge holders.

Each event will offer a different perspective on the ways in which we can learn from Indigenous and local knowledge, and a wealth of key insights for more inclusive and integrated ocean research and governance:

Theatre performance “Lalela Ulwandle” (Listen to the Sea) and a conversation on inclusive ocean governance

7 June 2023, 3-5 pm (New York time). Experience multi-generational stories of evolving connections to the ocean from the perspectives of small-scale fishers, traditional healers, marine scientists and educators, and reflect on the importance of history, cultural heritage and different forms of knowledge for inclusive and integrated ocean governance.  777 United Nations Plaza, 2nd Floor Conference Room, New York, NY 10017. Register here.

International premiere of the animation “Indlela Yokuphila: The Soul’s Journey” – When indigenous and scientific knowledge work in solidarity towards inclusive ocean decision making.

Experience the wonder of Indigenous knowledge on the role of the ocean in planetary ecological processes and areas of contact between Indigenous knowledge and ocean science, and discuss ways in which ocean researchers and decision-makers can work together with Indigenous and local knowledge holders.  7 June 2023, 6-8 pm (New York time), 777 United Nations Plaza, 2nd Floor Conference Room, New York, NY 10017. Register here.

Watch the trailer here.

Arts-Based research and solidarity practices with Indigenous Knowledge Holders in Plural Ocean Governance – lessons from South Africa

Explore a variety of art-based research approaches that support knowledge co-production on the ocean across different disciplines and cultures, and discuss how creative methods to better engage with, and protect the human rights of Indigenous and local knowledge holders within ocean governance could be adapted to collaborative projects and inclusion decision-making processes. 9 June 2023, 9:00am-12:00pm (New York time), 777 United Nations Plaza, 2nd Floor Conference Room, New York, NY 10017. Register here.

We are delighted to contribute to the UN World Ocean Day for the fourth year running. This year’s World Ocean Day theme is Planet Ocean: Tides are Changing – Time to put the ocean first! It reminds us that although the ocean covers the majority of the earth; only a small portion of it has been explored. Compared to what the ocean gives us, it receives only a fragment of our attention and resources in return. One Ocean Hub, Peace Boat, and Blue Planet Alliance are committed to find sustainable and inclusive solutions for ocean governance.

We are looking forward to meeting you in New York. If you wish to schedule a meeting with Hub researchers on the side-lines of our events, please email