World Oceans Day

World Oceans Day Virtual Event

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Join us for this year’s UN World Oceans Day webinar organized by the International Seabed Authority to celebrate deep-sea marine life and promote the sharing of knowledge about deep-sea biodiversity, for the benefit of humankind.

World Oceans Day takes place on 8 June each year as a global celebration of the ocean, marine life and all ocean activities. It was first declared at the 1992 Global Forum in Rio de Janeiro, with the aim to bring the ocean to the center of global discussions and policy decision-making processes, and to strengthen the voice of ocean and coastal constituencies worldwide. For the United Nations and its partners, World Oceans Day is a day for scientists, policy-makers and citizens to grow closer and interact around the key and emerging challenges our ocean faces today. 

07:00-07:05am

Opening remarks

The International Seabed Authority: A unique organization with a unique mandate
H.E. Mr. Michael Lodge, Secretary-General, International Seabed Authority

07:05-07:55am

Video

The International Seabed Authority: Its role, functions and activities

07:55-08:00am

Video

The International Seabed Authority’s message for World Ocean Day 2021

08:00-10:00am

Webinar

ISA DeepData connects with IOC-UNESCO Ocean Biodiversity Information System, facilitating global access to deep-sea biodiversity data

Moderator: Mr. Gordon Paterson, Member of ISA Legal and Technical Commission

Opening remarks

  • H.E. Mr. Michael Lodge, Secretary-General of ISA
  • H.E. Mr. Luis del Solar Dorrego, Permanent Representative of Argentina to ISA
  • Mr. Ariel Troisi, Chair, IOC-UNESCO

Deep-sea biodiversity data and information in ISA DeepData 

  • Ms. Luciana Genio and Mr. Sheldon Carter, ISA Secretariat

Introduction to OBIS and its collaboration with ISA for enhancing global access to deep-sea biodiversity data

  • Mr. Ward Appeltans, OBIS-IOC/UNESCO

Panel discussion: Perspectives of data providers and data users on ISA and OBIS collaboration on biodiversity data

  • Ms. Samantha Smith, Global Sea Mineral Resources NV
  • Ms. Leigh Marsh, Nauru Ocean Resources Inc.
  • Ms. Tammy Horton, World Register of Marine Species
  • Ms. Hanieh Saeedi, Senckenberg Research Institute and Natural History Museum

Interactive session and Closing

 


→ Please complete our short survey if you are interested in engaging in the work of ISA in relation to promoting marine scientific research through enhanced availability and accessibility of deep-sea biodiversity data.

10:00-11:00am 

Creatures of the Deep

  • Revealing the winners of ISA art competition for World Oceans Day 2021
  • ISA’s Wonders of the Deep: ISA’s illustration series of deep-sea creatures

11:00-12:00pm

The Deep Dive

Experience the deep sea through the lens of ISA contractors’ ROV’s cameras

 


World Oceans Day 2021 Art Competition

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Calling all artists! ISA launches two art competitions to celebrate the deep sea on World Ocean Day 2021

World Ocean Day takes place on 8 June each year as a global celebration of the ocean, marine life and all ocean activities. World Ocean Day was first declared at the 1992 Global Forum in Rio de Janeiro, with the aim to bring the ocean to the center of global discussions and policy decision-making processes, and to strengthen the voice of ocean and coastal constituencies worldwide. For the United Nations and its partners, World Ocean Day is a day for scientists, policy-makers and citizens to grow closer and interact around the key and emerging challenges our ocean faces today. 

The theme for 2021 is ‘“The Ocean: Life and Livelihoods.” To mark this day, ISA is launching a World Ocean Day art competition to celebrate the deep sea! The competition is directed at two different audiences. First, to any students registered in an elementary school in Jamaica and second, to everybody else around the world.

Jamaica Schools Art Competition

ISA is inviting all students registered in an elementary school in Jamaica to participate by submitting drawings/paintings depicting “Creatures of the deep” (imaginary or real).

Requirements:

  • Eligible participants should be students in an elementary school in Jamaica and between the age of 10 and 15 years old
  • Size: A4 format
  • All artwork should be original and made for the purpose of the competition
  • All artwork should be submitted with a brief description specifying the name and age of the artist (250-300 words max)
  • Please email final designs to wod@isa.org.jm by Friday, 14 May 2021 using the subject: “WOD Local Art Competition” and provide all your contact details, including full name, age, country and email address.

Winners

The winners will be informed by 28 May and will be announced officially during ISA’s virtual celebrations on World Ocean Day on 8 June 2021.

The winning design(s) will be used to develop ISA’s 2021 greeting card which will be sent out to ISA’s stakeholders including its 167 member States and the European Union, observers and partners in December 2021. The greeting card will also be promoted on ISA’s social media channels (Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and YouTube).

Award

The winning participant(s) will be invited to the headquarters of ISA in Kingston to present their drawing/painting to the participants of the virtual celebrations on World Ocean Day.

The best designs will also be awarded a cash prize of JMD50,000 (winner), JMD30,000 (second best) and JMD20,000 (third best).

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International Art Competition

ISA is also calling for participants worldwide from age 16 up to submit drawings, paintings or digital designs depicting “Creatures of the deep” (imaginary or real).

Requirements:

  • Participants should be 16 years of age or older
  • All designs should be submitted in a digital format of good quality (JPEG or PNG) with a brief description (250-300 words max)
  • Please email final designs to wod@isa.org.jm by Friday, 14 May 2021 using the subject: “WOD International Art Competition” and provide all your contact details, including full name, age, country and email address.

Winners

The winners will be informed by 28 May and will be announced during ISA’s virtual celebrations on World Ocean Day on 8 June 2021.

The artwork will be used to develop ISA’s 2022 Calendar which will be printed and issued to ISA’s 167 member States and the European Union, observers, permanent representatives to ISA and the UN and all partners in December 2021.

Award

The winner(s) will be invited to virtually present their artwork to the participants of ISA’s virtual celebrations on World Ocean Day on 8 June.

The best designs will also be awarded a cash prize of USD1,500 (winner), USD750 (second best) and USD500 (third best).