Saturday, June 9, 2012
June 8 is World Oceans Day. This year, World Oceans Day corresponds to the 30th anniversary of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). In honor of the day, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon urged countries to boost their efforts to protect the world’s oceans, which are threatened by overfishing, toxic waste, and climate change.
He also urged States to ratify UNCLOS, which governs issues such as delimitation of maritime boundaries, environmental regulations, scientific research, commerce and the settlement of international disputes involving marine issues. The Convention was first opened for signature in 1982 and entered into force in 1994; it has so far been ratified by 60 States. The United States has not yet joined the Convention despite bipartisan support by current and past administrations.