accomplished! The Relay4Nature baton - symbol of the inseparability
of our planet’s environmental problems and their solutions –
reached Brest this afternoon, brought by Alan on board his new IMOCA.
One Ocean Summit officially kicked off with this event. The world
summit where many heads of states and decision makers are expected,
aims to reinforce international action in favour of the ocean and
lead to concrete commitments.
shared commitments will be announced on Friday 11th
February. Governance of the high seas, protecting biodiversity and
fighting plastic pollution will be among the major topics debated.
been sailing for 27 years now. First with my family and more recently
as a professional sailor around the world and I’ve noticed changes
in meteorological conditions, like the absence of trade winds in the
usual seasons, and gulfweed to the north of the Azores which we never
used to see, not to mention the huge quantity of plastic. It’s not
too late to take action, but we must do so rapidly. I’m really
proud to be here in Brest with my boat and my team to bring this
baton to help people understand that we must act now to protect the
Alan Roura, sailor
is an initiative of The Ocean Race developed in collaboration with
Peter Thomson, the United Nations Secretary General’s Special Envoy
for the Ocean, aiming to give voice to the ocean about major issues
affecting our planet, and connected to international conferences
where environmental decisions are taken.
One Ocean Summit is organised by the French Presidency of the Council
of the European Union, supported by the United Nations, starting
February. It aims to strengthen international action in favour of the
ocean and encourage concrete commitments. It’s the opportunity to
kick off the second year of the Ocean Decade.
Photo © Austin Wongg / The Ocean Race