Ocean for Action
June 8 was World Ocean Day. This year the theme was Women and the Ocean where the Ocean for Action Letter was titled: “If you want to save the Ocean, make women part of the solution.” The Council of Women World Leaders with the World Economic Forum, World Resources Institute, and Friends of Ocean Action called for greater gender diversity in the global fight for a healthier ocean.
Human activities and global warming are threatening our largest life-sustaining ecosystem, which disproportionally affects women and girls in developing countries. The inclusion of women in global leadership positions drives innovative solutions and creativity that benefits entire communities. Friends of Ocean Action calls for greater gender diversity in the global fight for a healthier ocean and for the sustainable use of oceans (SDG 14).
Members of the Council of Women World Leaders play an essential role to enhance the motion for action to conserve our ocean and marine resources and on the occasion of World Ocean Day. Emily Saïdy de Jongh-Elhage, Vigdís Finnbogadóttir, Erna Solberg, Michelle Bachelet, Kim Campbell, Helen Clark, Doris Leuthard, Joyce Banda, Mary Robinson, Paula Cox, Laura Chinchilla Miranda, Vaira Vīķe-Freiberga, Beatriz Merino, Tarja Halonen, Jennifer Smith, and Ellen Johnson Sirleaf called on their network of international organizations, partners, and collaborators to amplify the Ocean for Action Letter and ensure gender diversity in conserving and sustaining the world’s oceans.
Read the letter here.