Purpose and Values
On June 27th, 2023, during an official press conference - attended by Vladimir Ryabinin, IOC/UNESCO Executive Secretary and Assistant UNESCO Director General; Lorenzo Bertelli, Prada Group Head of Corporate Social Responsibility; Liborio Stellino, Italian Ambassador at UNESCO; Francesca Santoro, IOC/UNESCO Senior Programme Officer - Prada Group and IOC/UNESCO announced an enhanced partnership for SEA BEYOND - the educational program dedicated to the dissemination of ocean literacy principles and ocean preservation, conducted together since 2019, within the UNESCO Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission’s Member States Assembly.
SEA BEYOND extends its scope beyond education, with two new areas of focus related to the ocean: support for scientific research and humanitarian projects.
The new partnership between the Prada Group and IOC/UNESCO also sees the opening of an Ocean Decade Coordination Office in Venice, within the UNESCO Regional Bureau for Science & Culture in Europe and IOC Project Office on Ocean Literacy.
The aim is for SEA BEYOND to become an open platform, welcoming third-party projects with ocean preservation principles at the core. IOC/UNESCO will scout relevant opportunities and will analyze and validate all the new proposals submitted by Prada Group.