Ocean Summit in Alicante
Interviews and b-roll from the first Ocean Summit, held in Alicante on 18th October 2017
Volvo Ocean Race’s Ocean Summit in 2017-18 brings ‘Clean Seas’ campaign pledge from Spain, new scientific programme
“Our oceans are under attack” – Wendy Schmidt
The Volvo Ocean Race has used the first of seven Ocean Summits it is hosting around the world in 2017-18 to launch a unique programme that will gather data from parts of the oceans that are otherwise inaccessible to scientists – while the Spanish government pledged its backing for UN Environment’s Clean Seas campaign.
Wednesday’s Ocean Summit in Alicante – held four days before the start of the 2017-18 edition of sailing’s 45-year-old race around the world – brought together politicians, scientists, business and sport to tackle the problem of ocean health, with a specific focus on plastic pollution.
As the world's 14th largest economy, Spain's declaration of support is a significant boost to the UN's global campaign, which now boasts 32 member states and aims to 'turn the tide on plastic' by inspiring action from governments, businesses and individuals.