Brazilians Mateus Solano and Sônia Bridi join the team of the event about oceans

Targeted to journalists, communicators, influencers, academics, researchers, and society, the event aims at raising awareness and engaging people on the importance of the seas.

The Actor Mateus Solano, advocator of the Clean Seas Campaign and of the implementation of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and Sonia Brid, a Journalist specialized in covering environmental subjects, will be part of the agenda of the event Conexão Oceano (in free translation: Ocean Connection). Targeted to communicators, this is the first event in Brazil that aims at structuring guidelines to communicate, to engage and to raise awareness of the society on the importance of the conservation of seas for the fields of economy, well being, tourism, research, among others.

The Brazilian Actress and Ambassador for Peace Maria Paula Fidalgo have also confirmed her presence in the event, as well as the UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador Oskar Metsavaht; the Sailors Isabel Swan and Lars Grael; the Economist Vilfredo Schurmann; the Journalists Paulina Chamorro and Paula Saldanha; and the Surfist and Entrepreneur Rico de Souza. With a dynamic format, Conexão Oceano will have a round table and a ‘brunch’ of ideas, in addition to the presentation of successful case studies ‘speed talks’, which will demonstrate the impact of the ocean on various themes. 

The workshop will be open to the public, at Museu do Amanhã, in Rio de Janeiro on 03 September 2019. The event is jointly organized by Fundação Grupo Boticário de Proteção à Natureza, by the UNESCO Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC), by UNESCO Office in Brazil and  Museu do Amanhã (Tomorrow Museum in free translation). The registrations are limited and can be done through the Museu do Amanhã website.

The Ocean Decade

The event will also highlight the United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030), proclaimed by the UN. Its objective is to broaden international cooperation to promote the preservation of the oceans and the natural resources management in coastal zones. “It is necessary that we think about new ways to raise awareness of society and to disseminate to all the importance of the oceans in our daily like. This involves the development of what we call at UNESCO as an ocean literacy based on scientific precepts. I believe that the Conexão Oceano event is a unique opportunity to think over this new vision the ways to consider the oceans, seas and marine resources,” defended the Director and Representative of UNESCO in Brazil Marlova Jovchelovitch Noleto.

According to the Executive Director of Fundação Grupo Boticário Malu Nunes, the strategies to ensure a sustainable future also depend on the preservation of the seas. "The oceans are powerful climate regulators and they host wealthy biodiversity. We need to make society be aware and engaged so that the marine ecosystem can be preserved. In this context, communication is an essential tool to reach this objective," she highlights.