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November 9, 2023

Milan, 9th November 2023 - Lorenzo Bertelli, Prada Group Head of Corporate Social Responsibility, has been invited by UNESCO Director General Audrey Azoulay to become “Patron of the Ocean Decade Alliance”, a network of eminent partners1 of the Ocean Decade that, by way of example, catalyze support for the Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development 2021-2030 through targeted resource mobilization, networking, and influence.

Membership of the Alliance is by invitation only and based on dedication to the vision of the Ocean Decade. Lorenzo Bertelli’s membership is in recognition of “Prada Group’s support of ocean literacy through its SEA BEYOND educational programme and also his personal vision and efforts to raise awareness of the vital role that the private sector can play in supporting ocean knowledge for sustainable development”.

The official invitation was granted prior to today’s Lorenzo Bertelli’s attendance at the 42nd session of the UNESCO General Conference in Paris, where he participated in the UNESCO Partners’ Forum “Together4Impact” as a contributor in the Climate Change panel.

Lorenzo Bertelli declared “I am delighted to accept this invitation to further amplify Prada Group’s commitment to protecting our ocean, through educating new generations on ocean literacy principles. This is the main aim of SEA BEYOND. We started this journey in 2019 and we can already see its positive impact in the enthusiasm, curiosity and passion of our young students. As a Decade Patron, I intend to foster cooperation between private companies and institutions and serve as an example, so that our collective actions can generate a far greater impact. There is still work to do and collaboration is essential to achieving collective goals”.

1Patrons of the Ocean Decade Alliance: H.E. José Maria Pereira Neves - President of the Republic of Cabo Verde, H.E. Wavel Ramkalawan - President of the Republic of Seychelles, H.E. Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa - President of the Republic of Portugal, H.E. Surangel Whipps Jr. - President of the Republic of Palau, H.E. Jonas Gahr Støre - Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Norway, His Serene Highness Prince Albert II - Sovereign Prince of Monaco, Her Royal Highness Princess Lalla Hasnaa – President Mohammed VI Foundation for Environmental Protection, Ms. Inger Andersen - Executive Director, United Nations Environment Programme, Ms. Wendy Schmidt - Founder, Schmidt Ocean Institute, Mr. Kjell Inge Rokke - Owner, REV Ocean.

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