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Sri Lankan President joins walk to celebrate World Oceans Day

June 08, His Excellency the president Maithripala Sirisena took part in a special walk organized to celebrate the World Oceans Day, Which is celebrated today. Marine Environment Protection Authority organized the walk, under the theme "Healthy Oceans, Healthy Planet" to raise awareness of the people about the importance of protecting the marine environment. The walk started from the Viharamahadevi Open Air Theater and proceeded up to Galle Face, head by the president.


By its resolution 63/111 of 5 December 2008, the UN General Assembly designated 8 June as World Oceans Day.

The concept of a ‘World Oceans Day’ was first proposed in 1992 at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro as a way to celebrate our world’s shared ocean and our personal connection to the sea, as well as to raise awareness about the crucial role the ocean plays in our lives and the important ways people can help to protect it.

This year’s ocean’s day has been themed “Healthy Oceans – Healthy Planet”.

Issuing a message, Secretary General of the United Nations, Ban Ki Moon has said that urgent action on a global scale is needed to alleviate the world’s oceans from the many pressures they face, and to protect them from future dangers that may tip them beyond the limits of their carrying capacity.



Sri Lanka marks the World Ocean Day with series of programs related enhancing of the standards of the ocean and the beaches.
The World Oceans Day-2016 national ceremony is held this morning 7.00 am at the Viharamahadevi open theatre under the patronage of the President Maithripala Sirisena.

The first copy of the annual magazine ‘Sath Samudura’ published by the Marine Environment Protection Authority was presented to the President on this occasion. Beach cleaning programmes also conducted in the Wellawaththa and Mattakkuliya beaches. 


About 1,500 members representing schools, universities, ministries, security forces, public institutes and NGO's were participated to the programme. Deputy Minister of Mahaweli Development Anuradha Jayarathne, Secretary to the Ministry of Mahaweli Development and Environment Udaya R. Senevirathne, Secretary to the Ministry of the Defence Karunasena Hettiarchchi and the Chairman of the Marine Environment Protection Authority Rohana Perera also participated in this event.


 

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