World Sea Turtle Day is celebrated in many countries on 16 June. We have chosen this day for a ‘global launch’ of virtual celebrations of the 20th Anniversary of the MOU, which the United States will host. This will be followed by a day-long series of online events taking place around the IOSEA region on Saturday, 19 June, so as to maximize the opportunities for public participation.

This ‘round-the-clock virtual event’ is organized by local hosts in collaboration with the Secretariat and will be streamed by Universiti Malaysia Terengganu (UMT) on the CMS YouTube channel (BonnConvention, playlist here), with events throughout the region ‘passing the baton’ to each other. We hope that this connected series of celebrations will help everyone in the IOSEA region loving turtles feel connected in our joint efforts to preserve them for future generations. 

For the full event schedule, please click here.

YouTube Playlist World Sea Turtle Day 2021


Besides these ‘official’ [email protected] IOSEA events, many more may be taking place in the IOSEA region, on the same or on different dates. Any organizers who wish to make their event part of the celebration of the 20th Anniversary of the MOU are warmly invited to register their events through this link:

World Sea Turtle Day 2021 – Event Registration

All registered events will be displayed on the map on this page, giving easy access to the global sea turtle community. This allows you to inform a wide audience in advance about your plans, and make your local event, no matter when it takes place during the year, part of the region-wide celebration.


“Happy World Sea Turtle Day!” – We Need Your Video!

We would like to invite all of you turtle lovers in the IOSEA region to submit a short video of yourselves, alone or in a group, saying or even shouting the words “Happy World Sea Turtle Day!” in your local language. Mobile phone quality is fine. Turtle props are optional but welcome. If you want to share your love for sea turtles with the rest of the world on WSTD 2021, please send us your short video to: [email protected] by 10 June (sooner welcome). Submissions will be collated and played in our live-stream as we switch from one host to the next during our virtual celebration.


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