In 2020, as part of United Nations World Oceans Day, Oceanic Global introduced a Concert for the Ocean to conclude the day-of-event. Through the power of music, we gather intergenerational and diverse audiences in order to celebrate the ocean and inspire a global community to commit to the restoration of ecosystems.
The 2021 Concert For The Ocean brought together 7 global artists and musical groups, including Valerie June, Seun Kuti & Egypt 80, EARTHGANG, Angélique Kidjo, Little Dragon, Arthur Jeffes/Penguin Cafe, and Bomba Estéreo. As the second-ever fully virtual event, the concert was broadcasted live and reached over 270,000 people.
Prior to 2020, the event was hosted at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. Due to COVID, UN WOD 2020 and 2021 were fully virtual events that reached over: 163 million people and brought together over 620,000 viewers from 190 regions globally. This year’s event will be a hybrid event, taking place at the UN Headquarters in New York and broadcast live.
The concert was produced by UN DOALOS & Oceanic Global and presented by Blancpain. Community partner, Thirty Two Music.
The 2020 Concert For The Ocean for the first-ever virtual concert, which featured lauded global artists, including Fatoumata Diawara, Bombino, Alice Phoebe Lou, Vieux Farka Touré, Jess Glynne, Tenzin Choegyal, and Nick Mulvey. The concert was broadcasted live and reached over 350,000 people.
Since its inception in 2008, United Nations World Oceans Day (UN WOD) has celebrated the ocean and its importance to the planet and our lives, while raising awareness about the many threats it faces. As the challenges to the ocean continue to grow, so does the need to understand and mobilize globally. Since 2019, Oceanic Global has been the official non-profit and production partner to UN WOD.