On June 8th, on World Oceans Day, Prada Group and IOC-UNESCO together announce the launch of new initiatives for SEA BEYOND, the tailor made educational programme dedicated to ocean preservation and sustainability.
Since debuting in 2019, the project has trained around 300 international secondary schools’ students, and in January 2021 officially linked to the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development - the ‘Ocean Decade’.
“We are very proud of the success of Sea Beyond, stemming from UNESCO’s Oceanographic Commission’s passion to continuing to dedicate every day to the promotion of a more responsible ocean. Today we are pleased to launch a new phase of the project, which plans to address not only students from all over the world but also a wider audience, with the aim of engaging local communities and our employees on a global scale.”
Lorenzo Bertelli, Prada Group Head of Corporate Social Responsibility
The programme underscores the Prada Group's commitment to sustainable choices and the ocean impact on our future and it’s supported by a percentage of the proceeds from the sales of the Prada Re-Nylon collection. The three new initiatives mark the expansion of Sea Beyond to reach more age groups and communities around the world.
“UNESCO is pleased to continue its collaboration with the Prada Group. This partnership has led to the successful implementation of ocean literacy projects; it has also supported the activities of museums during the pandemic. Promoting public-private partnerships, such as this one, is critical for the successful implementation of the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development. The Ocean Decade provides an unparalleled opportunity to promote and enhance the way we study and understand the ocean; it can revolutionise public engagement towards the protection and safeguarding of the ocean. Ultimately, these new initiatives promoted in collaboration with the Prada Group will constitute an important step forward towards the achievement of the ocean we want.”
Ana Luiza M. Thompson-Flores, Director of the UNESCO Regional Bureau for Science and Culture in Europe
The mission of the Ocean Decade is “to catalyse transformative ocean science solutions for sustainable development, connecting people and our ocean”.
Seven outcomes describe the “Ocean we want” at the end of the Ocean Decade:
1. A CLEAN OCEAN
where sources of pollution are identified and reduced or removed
2. A HEALTHY AND RESILIENT OCEAN
where marine ecosystems are understood, protected, restored and managed
3. A PRODUCTIVE OCEAN
supporting sustainable food supply and a sustainable ocean economy
4. A PREDICTED OCEAN
where society understands and can respond to changing ocean conditions
5. A SAFE OCEAN
where life and livelihoods are protected from ocean-related hazards
6. AN ACCESSIBLE OCEAN
with open and equitable access to data, information technology and innovation
7. AN INSPIRING AND ENGAGING OCEAN
where society understands and values the ocean in relation to human wellbeing and sustainable development