On June 7 and 8, 2024, in the framework of SEA BEYOND, Prada Group and UNESCO-IOC will host the Ocean Literacy World Conference in Venice, under the aegis of the Venice Municipality and the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The two-day-event brings together key institutional actors (UNESCO Member States delegates and field experts) from across the globe responsible for designing, implementing, and supporting ocean literacy initiatives in the framework of the Sustainable Development Goals and the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development. The event represents a preliminary step before the 3rd UN Ocean Conference co-hosted by governments of France and Costa Rica that will take place in June 2025 in Nice, France.

JUNE 7th 2024


The event will be opened with an artistic performance by actress Sara Lazzaro and welcoming remarks by high level representatives of UNESCO and local and international institutions.

Attendees will debate best practices and actions aimed at creating a more harmonious relationship between the ocean and humankind. As a key outcome of this event, participants will collectively develop a flagship document - the “Venice Declaration for Ocean Literacy” - containing concrete recommendations for the development of policy options and strategies, as well as a roadmap, to include ocean literacy in school curricula.

Participants will continue work on the collective development of a flagship document – the "Venice Declaration for Ocean Literacy" for the development of policy options and strategies that aim to guarantee ocean literacy.

The expert panel will be moderated by journalist Daniele Moretti, SKY, and attended by Peter Thomson, UN Special Envoy for the Ocean; Vidar Helgesen, UNESCO Secretary Executive of IOC and UNESCO Assistant Director General; Lorenzo Bertelli, Prada Group Head of Corporate Social Responsibility and Patron of Ocean Decade Alliance; Max Sirena, Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli Team Director; Magdalena Landry, Director of the UNESCO Regional Bureau for Science and Culture in Europe.


7.30pm – 8.15pm


Première of the documentary dedicated to the cycle of outdoor lessons conducted by UNESCO-IOC experts and pedagogists in partnership with Prada Group in the framework of SEA BEYOND.
The screening is introduced by Francesca Santoro UNESCO-IOC Senior Programme Officer and moderated by journalist Daniele Moretti, SKY.

Multisala Rossini, Venice

JUNE 8th 2024


Endorsement of the “Venice Declaration for Ocean Literacy” document, drawn up during the previous day’s work, introduced by Francesca Santoro, UNESCO-IOC Senior Programme Officer.

Ambassadors and friends of the project, the so-called “SEA BEYONDers”, will participate in a panel moderated by journalist Antonio di Noto, OPEN, to inspire the audience on the importance of ocean preservation.
The discussion will be followed by the unveiling of the first SEA BEYOND Ideas Box, presented by designer Philippe Starck – who developed this tool ten years ago for Bibliothèques Sans Frontières - in conversation with Patrick Weil, President of Bibliothèques Sans Frontières.


from 2.30pm

Opening of the event’s spaces to the public, to allow for interaction with the SEA BEYOND Ideas Box and participation in complimentary thematic workshops conducted by the SEA BEYONDers.

Blue Open Studios

In the lead-up to the Ocean Literacy World Conference, from Saturday 25 May, a selection of Venetian artisan studios, spaces for sharing and sustainability, will be the starting point for the conference. Linked by a symbolic fil bleu, they will give life to the “Blue Open Studios” initiative, a walking tour to discover the creative fabric of the city.

In addition, each studio will display a spool made from ECONYL® regenerated nylon, the yarn used to make the Prada Re-Nylon collection, which supports the SEA BEYOND project.

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