Ocean Literacy World Conference | 7-8 June, 2024 | Venice, Italy

7 Jun 2024 @ 9:00am - 8 Jun 2024 @ 6:00pm

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Jack Coulton

23 Apr 2024

The Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO, in collaboration with the Government of Italy, the Municipality of Venice, and the Prada Group, will host the first Ocean Literacy World Conference on June 7-8 in the city of Venice, Italy. This Conference will bring together international experts in ocean literacy and ocean education from across various sectors.

The Conference marks a significant milestone for the preparatory process for the third UN Ocean Conference that will be co-hosted by the Governments of France and Costa Rica in Nice, France, 2025.

As part of this preparatory process, UNESCO-IOC sent a Circular Letter to Member States in order to inform them about the Conference. Read the Circular Letter here.

The Conference is one of the first initiatives of the Ocean Decade Coordination Office (DCO) for Connecting People and Ocean which was recently established at the UNESCO Regional Bureau for Science and Culture in Europe, to promote a more equitable, just, and harmonious relationship between humans and the ocean.

During the Conference, the Venice Declaration, based on the answers to our Ocean Literacy Priorities Survey, will be finalized and signed.

This survey was tailored to the key drivers of change outlined in the White Paper for Challenge 10: Multiple Knowledge Systems, Education, Strategic Communications, and Cultural Connections.

Side events

As part of the Ocean Literacy World Conference in Venice on June 7-8, we’re holding a series of workshops and a documentary screening which are open to everyone, including people who are not registered for the conference itself.

Documentary Screening

An exclusive preview of our documentary on the Kindergarten of the Lagoon project.

The documentary explores the ocean education experience for preschoolers, with outdoor activities held in various areas of the Venice Lagoon. Let’s discover the wonder and importance of the project through the eyes of its protagonists!

Venue: Cinema Rossini, Salizzada de la Chiesa o del Teatro, 3997, Venice
Date: 7 June, 2024
Time: from 19:30 to 20:15

Book your place for the documentary screening here!

Workshops: Ideas Box

Come and explore the innovative Ideas Box, developed by industrial designer Philippe Starck: this is the first ever presentation of the project in Italy, offering new realms of creativity and inspiration. Let’s unlock the potential of these resources together with SEABEYONDers like Giovanni Chimienti, Carmello Islgrò, Maya Gabeira and Valentina Gottlieb and ride a new wave of possibilities.

Venue: Ca’ Giustinian, Calle del Ridotto, 1359, 30124 Venice
Date: 8 June, 2024
Times: (click to book on your preferred time below)

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