World Oceans Day
National Centre for Maritime Policy Research (NCMPR), of Bahria University celebrated World Oceans Day at Karachi Campus on 5th June, 2015.
The oceans are acknowledged as lungs of our planet, providing estimated 50-70 percent of the oxygen we breathe. Ocean waters serve as a source of food, provide valuable minerals and act as a vast highway for commerce around the world. The concept of ‘World Oceans Day’ was first proposed in 1992 at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, as a way to honour world’s shared oceans. The day aims at creating awareness of the crucial role the oceans play in our lives. It also reminds us of our personal connection to the seas. The Oceans Day theme for 2015 and 2016 is “Healthy oceans, healthy planet”.
To commemorate this important day, NCMPR organized a Maritime Discourse. Vice Admiral Khalid Amin, Director General Bharia University graced the occasion as Chief Guest. Dr. Nuzhat Khan, Principal Scientific Officer National Institute of Oceanography was the key note speaker. During her speech, she highlighted the role and contribution of NIO towards ocean development. She also briefed the audience about significance of extended Continental Shelf for Pakistan. Moreover, a Quiz competition followed by Tableau performance of PN Special Children School Karsaz was also held. Teams from six schools and colleges participated in the Quiz competition. After a close competition the team from Bahria College Karsaz came first, while Bahria Model School Hanif SRE Karsaz acquired second position. The participants of winning teams were awarded cash prizes, shields and certificates.
Various intellectuals, stakeholders of maritime sector, students and many other renowned dignitaries attended this important event.
NCMPR aims to promote Maritime awareness in Pakistan and regularly organizes such events to keep this objective alive. It provides seat of excellence for maritime policy research and serves as Think-Tank for multidisciplinary study and analysis of maritime affairs. It provides cardinal guidelines and solutions to the challenges in maritime domain.