World Ocean Day:Children from Sudan’s UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site call on world leaders to save the Ocean for future generations at the UN General Assembly

June 8, 2017

New York, NY – On June 8, two children from the local community living in Dungonab, Red Sea State of Sudan will join other children from more than 12 UNESCO marine World Heritage Sites to call upon world leaders to sign a pledge to protect our ocean for future generations. The children will launch a pledge in front of over 40 Heads of State during a high-level event at the United Nations General Assembly on World Oceans Day in New York, USA.

Children will travel from some of the most remote places on Earth to highlight the global nature of the threats posed to the Ocean, and the need for collective action. Ahmed Gamea and Mohmed Danin, aged 14 and 15, accompanied by Mr. Hamid Allahasab have come from their village in Dungonab, Sudan to represent Sudan’s newly declared Marine World Heritage Site and share with the world the unique natural marine heritage of Sudan and the importance of its conservation for present and future generations.

Sanganeb Atoll Marine National Park and Dungonab Bay – Mukkawar Island National Park has been recognized for its “outstanding universal value” and inscribed as a UNESCO marine World Heritage Site in 17 July 2016, making it the first marine World Heritage Site in the Red Sea, and wider Arabian region and the first recognized Natural World Heritage Site in Sudan.

Coral Reef in the Red Sea Sudan @Cousteau2017

With the world’s ocean at a tipping point, World Heritage Marine Sites are already suffering from the impacts of climate change, including warming waters, stronger storms, rising seas, and ocean acidification. No place on earth is immune to this global threat, however, we still have a chance to save our ocean treasures. But we must act now, and we must work together. Future generations will inherit the consequences of our actions − or inaction.

The international community has committed to care for our natural wonders, and these children are bearing a message of hope: if we work together, we can overcome today’s ocean challenges.

People from across the globe  are invited to sign the pledge digitally on the UNESCO marine World Heritage website, #myoceanpledge.

Sudan’s participation in this event was made possible by the support of UNESCO, Darwin initiative (UK Aid), Cousteau, Red Sea University, and the Sudanese Development Initiative (SUDIA).

For more information and to sign the pledge visit:


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