In line with resolution 63/111 passed on 5th December 2008 by the General Assembly of the United Nations which declares 8th June as the World Ocean Day (WOD), Namibia joins the rest of the world to celebrate the 2022 WOD, under the theme “Revitalization: Collective Action for the Ocean” which focuses on the need to conserve the marine resources for the benefit of current and future generations. This action call for raising ocean awareness buy formulating and including curriculum-relevant teaching and learning resources in schools and tertiary education to discover how to keep our oceans healthy.
The importance of the ocean to the world and to Namibia in particular, cannot be over emphasised. Maritime transportation accounts for 85% of the country’s trade, Marine Diamond are the largest commodity contributor in the mining sector, a thriving fisheries sector provide food, massive employment to the Namibian people and an important sector for foreign earnings. The ocean provides tourism gateway to the attractive coastline where the Namib Desert meets the sea. The recent discovery of oil and known Kudu Gas field present countless socio-economic opportunity to the current and future generations of Namibia.
In celebrating the WOD, Namibia has planned a series of activities aiming towards raising awareness. The Country will undertake Nation Wide beach clean-up campaigns in all the five (5) coastal Towns namely; Henties Bay, Swakopmund, Walvis Bay, Lüderitz and Oranjemund. The main event celebration will be held in Walvis Bay, below is the summary of lined up activities during the celebration. up;
|No||Activity||Date (June)||Place / Venue||Enquiries|
|Main EventCelebration||10th||Walvis Bay Municipal Hall||Ms. Sheya NdaendomwenyoTel:|
|Beach Clean-up campaigns||8th8th9th10th||OranjemundWalvis BayHenties BayLüderitz|
|National School Debate Competition||9th11th||The Dome, Swakopmund Walvis Bay Municipal Hall||Ms. F.G ShihepoTel:|
|WOD Expo||10th – 11th||Walvis Bay Municipality Office Area||Ms. Tuli IishitileTel:|
|WOD Town Parade||10th||Walvis Bay||Ms. NangulaTel:|
His Excellency, the President of the Republic of Namibia, Dr. Hage G. Geingob will grace the main event and hereby call on all Namibian to participate in the cerebration of our Ocean. The business community is urged to assist local authorities toward success beach clean up campaigns. The Media is encouraged to widely broadcast the events of the celebration to ensure maximum awareness toward protection of our national treasure (our Ocean).