World Hydrography Day
World Hydrography Day is celebrated every on 21 June, with the aim of giving suitable publicity to its work at all levels and of increasing the coverage of hydrographic information on a global basis, and urges all States to work with that organization to promote safe navigation, especially in the areas of international navigation, ports and where there are vulnerable or protected marine areas.
Purpose of World Hydrography Day
In 2005, the General Assembly of the United Nations (UN) adopted Resolution A/60/30 on oceans and law of the sea, which in particular welcomed the adoption by the IHO of the World Hydrography Day, with the aim of giving suitable publicity to its work at all levels and of increasing the coverage of hydrographic information on a global basis.
The Resolution urged all States to work with the IHO to promote safe navigation, especially in the areas of international navigation, ports and where there are vulnerable or protected marine areas. As a result, on the 21st of June each year the IHO celebrates World Hydrography Day. World Hydrography Day is an opportunity to increase public awareness of the vital role that hydrography plays in everyone’s lives.
World Hydrography Day Themes
The theme for 2018 is “Bathymetry – the foundation for sustainable seas, oceans and waterways“.
The Previous themes of World Hydrography Day were
- 2017: Mapping our seas, oceans and waterways – more important than ever
- 2016: Hydrography – the key to well-managed seas and waterways
- 2015: Our seas and waterways – yet to be fully charted and explored
- 2014: Hydrography – much more than just nautical charts
- 2013: Hydrography – underpinning the Blue Economy
- 2012: International Hydrographic Cooperation – supporting safe navigation
- 2011: Human Resources – The important element to the success of hydrography
- 2010: Hydrographic Services – the essential element for maritime trade
- 2009: Hydrography – Protecting the marine environment
- 2008: Capacity Building, a vital tool to assist the IHO in achieving its mission and objectives
- 2007: Electronic Navigational Charts (ENCs); an essential element of safety at sea and efficient maritime operations