UNITED NATIONS, June 8 (UPI) -- The U.N. secretary-general marked World Oceans Day Wednesday by urging all governments and peoples to protect the world's oceans for future generations.
In a statement issued to mark World Oceans Day being celebrated around the globe Wednesday, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon outlined what he called "many severe challenges" related to oceans.
"These range from depleted fishery resources, the impacts of climate change and the deterioration of the marine environment to maritime safety and security, labor conditions for seafarers and the increasingly important issue of migration by sea," Ban said.
"All activities and policies related to oceans and the marine environment need to acknowledge and incorporate the three pillars of sustainable development: environmental, social and economic.
"Only then can we achieve the development objectives set by the international community.
"I urge governments and all sectors of society to embrace our individual and collective responsibility to protect the marine environment and manage its resources in a sustainable manner for present and future generations," Ban said.
To mark the day, U.N. agencies would "join hundreds of aquariums, zoos, museums, conservation organizations, and thousands of individuals around the world celebrating the day by participating in fun, inspirational, and educational events," the release said.