United Nations
World Ocean Festival Outreach Campaign
by The Global Brain Foundation (Civil society organization)
The World Ocean Festival is an outreach campaign organized by The Global Brain Foundation with the goal of raising the voices of millions of people who care deeply about the Ocean and who will stand together for its protection. The World Ocean Festival will amplify the work of nonprofit organizations, foundations, community organizations, and individuals working to promote conservation and sustainable use of the Ocean.

The World Ocean Festival, hosted by the City of New York, includes an inaugural public event on June 4 – timed to support The Ocean Conference at UN Headquarters in New York City (June 5-9). Through activities -- including the first-of-its-kind Ocean March, and public exhibitions of art, education and innovation, the World Ocean Festival aims to engage a broad audience in Ocean conservation and sustainable use.

The World Ocean Festival organization is dedicated to serving as a catalyst for public awareness, education and action around the Ocean. Sister-city events worldwide will engage audiences across the globe, with ongoing opportunities for public events and activations.

Organizations are invited share media, actions, and join as presenters and hosts throughout the inaugural event in June 2017 and beyond.
Progress reports
By 2025, prevent and significantly reduce marine pollution of all kinds, in particular from land-based activities, including marine debris and nutrient pollution
Type of commitment
Increase scientific knowledge, develop research capacity and transfer marine technology, taking into account the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission Criteria and Guidelines on the Transfer of Marine Technology, in order to improve ocean health and to enhance the contribution of marine biodiversity to the development of developing countries, in particular small island developing States and least developed countries
Type of commitment
Provide access for small-scale artisanal fishers to marine resources and markets
Type of commitment
Enhance the conservation and sustainable use of oceans and their resources by implementing international law as reflected in UNCLOS, which provides the legal framework for the conservation and sustainable use of oceans and their resources, as recalled in paragraph 158 of The Future We Want
Type of commitment
June 2017
Media Hub for Ocean awareness generation, education, and mobilization
June 2017
Ocean March and Ocean Village public events
June 2017
Self-organized Ocean Marches in cities around the world
Staff / Technical expertise
Academics, marine experts and others' work to implement
Other, please specify
Financial support from corporations and foundations
In-kind contribution
In-kind support from corporations and foundations
Other, please specify
Media, art, performance and other exhibits
Basic information
Time-frame: April 2017 - ongoing
The Global Brain Foundation (Civil Society Organization) City of New York (Government) Ocean Elders (NGO) Oceanic (NGO) Mission Blue (NGO)
Ocean Basins
  • Global
Beneficiary countries
Other beneficaries
Contact information
Natalia Vega-Berry, Founder/CEO, natalia@globalbrain.is,
Other SDGs
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