Musician Cody Simpson to be named UNDP Ocean Advocate on World Oceans Day

Jun 7, 2017

The United Nations Development Programme to appoint globally-acclaimed Australian singer-songwriter to inaugural role during the UN’s first ever Ocean Conference   

New York—The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) will name Australian musician Cody Simpson as its first-ever Ocean Advocate to help raise awareness of the crucial role the ocean plays in the health of our planet and people.

The appointment will take effect on 8 June, World Oceans Day, during the United Nations’ first Ocean Conference, where Simpson will perform.

The singer shared his personal connection to the ocean to urge the global community and his millions of devoted fans to join the #SaveOurOcean campaign.

“I grew up by the ocean and the beach,” said Simpson during the event held at the UN headquarters in New York. “I want to do everything I can in my own life to protect and preserve the ocean. Just as you should in yours.”

The health of the world’s oceans is under threat, with 40 percent heavily affected by human activity, including pollution, over-fishing and loss of coastal habitats. The resulting negative effects on the climate, the global economy and food supply are becoming more and more visible every day.

The ocean is critical to life on this planet and protecting it is Goal 14 out of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, a set of Global Goals agreed by world leaders to end poverty, inequality and combat climate change by the year 2030. The need to act is so urgent, some of the targets under Goal 14 need to be achieved by 2020, a decade earlier than many other Sustainable Development Goals.

“The oceans are in serious trouble right now and we need passionate advocates like Cody to help us restore them to health,” said Mila Rosenthal, UNDP Communications Director. “We are thrilled to team up with Cody, whose dedication we hope will inspire millions of others—especially young people—to play an active role in saving the oceans and protecting our shared future.”

Simpson will kick off his new role at the historic Ocean Conference, during which he will attend an ocean-themed photo exhibition, Waves of Action; explore an ocean lab; speak at the premiere of Urban Bay, a documentary exploring the underwater world of Rio de Janeiro’s Guanabara Bay; and join the closing celebration on World Oceans Day with a live performance in the General Assembly.

UNDP has joined the historic Ocean Conference in New York this week (5-9 June) to highlight the direct link between a healthy ocean and ending poverty. The ocean supports the livelihoods of an estimated one in every ten people on the planet, including some of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable.

The first-of-its-kind Ocean Conference has brought together political leaders, governments, NGOs, the private sector, United Nations agencies and others to agree on urgent action to restore the health of our ocean and achieve the Global Goals.


Contact information:

Ajla Grozdanic in New York at or +1 212 906 6860 (office).

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