IUCN event | 18 Sep, 2023

The Ocean Race Summit: Presenting Ocean Rights

Building on the High Seas Treaty, this event, taking place on the margins of the UN General Assembly High-Level Week, is the final leg of a process that has gathered over 150 experts, policymakers, business leaders, lawyers, Indigenous peoples, scientists, NGOs, and others to develop principles on ocean rights that could form the basis of a potential Universal Declaration of Ocean Rights.

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Photo: Andrzej Kryszpiniuk on Unsplash

Speakers will include:

  • Ulisses Correia e Silva, Prime Minister of Cabo Verde
  • Peter Thomson, United Nations Secretary-General's Special Envoy for the Ocean
  • Marina Silva, Minister for the Environment and Climate Change of Brazil
  • Isabella Lövin, Co-chair of WEF Friends of Ocean Action, Former Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for the Environment and Climate of Sweden
  • Valerie Hickey, Global Director for Environment, Natural Resources and Blue Economy (ENB) World Bank
  • Minna Epps, Head, IUCN Ocean Centre for Conservation Action
  • Petita Ayarza, Member of the National Assembly of Panama
  • Michelle Bender, Legal Consultant, Earth Law Center and Ocean Vision Legal
  • Charlie Enright, Skipper, 11th Hour Racing Team, Winner of The Ocean Race 2022–23
  • Carlee Jackson, Co-founder MISS Elasmo
  • Carlos Duarte, Ibn Sina Distinguished Professor of Marine Science at KAUST (King Abdullah University of Science and Technology) and Senior Advisor in Environment and Sustainability to Red Sea Global
  • Lewis Pugh, Ocean Advocate, Pioneer Swimmer
  • Richard Brisius, Race Chairman, The Ocean Race
  • Host: Danni Washington, TV Host, science communicator and ocean advocate