• 18-OCT-2017

  • Alicante

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.

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