La prima Conferenza Mondiale sull’Alfabetizzazione Oceanica, tenutasi a Venezia (Italia) il 7-8 giugno 2024, ha approvato la Dichiarazione di Venezia per l’Alfabetizzazione Oceanica in Azione

La prima Conferenza mondiale sull’alfabetizzazione oceanica, tenutasi a Venezia (Italia) il 7-8 giugno 2024, ha approvato la Dichiarazione di Venezia per l’alfabetizzazione oceanica in azione


The first Ocean Literacy World Conference, held in Venice (Italy) on 7-8 June 2024, endorsed the Venice Declaration for Ocean Literacy in Action

The Declaration is a statement of intent for the Ocean Literacy community as it seeks to shape the agenda at the United Nations Ocean Conference (UNOC) to be held in Nice, France, in June 2025, and more generally to engage society to regenerate the most valuable ecosystem on our Planet.

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This document started life in a public survey on Ocean Literacy Priorities which saw hundreds of responses from ocean scientists, educators and communicators from across the world. A first draft was then written up by the UNESCO-IOC Ocean Literacy working group, and shared with participants at the first Ocean Literacy World Conference. At the Ca’ Giustinian in Venice, home of the Biennale, the delegates spent the first day of the Conference discussing and debating the Declaration in order to make it as inclusive as possible.

A definitive version was presented and endorsed by the delegates on the second day. Nevertheless, as the Declaration itself states, it is conceived as a living document that will evolve through continuous dialogue among stakeholders everywhere. As such, the Declaration belongs to no single individual or institution, but to everyone. It is a common heritage which will be refined and expanded from the grassroots. It will be used to advocate for Ocean Literacy worldwide, and, ultimately, to restore humanity’s relationship with the ocean.

This Declaration also aims to place Ocean Literacy at the forefront of the agenda at the upcoming United Nations Ocean Conference in Nice (France). On June 2025 there was thereafter a symbolic handover of the finished document. It was presented by Massimiliano De Martin, Councillor for the Environment for the City of Venice. The receiver was Aurore Asso, Council advisor for Ocean Conservation & Marine Protected Areas for the city of Nice and the Côte d’Azur.

Read the full Declaration HERE