Empowering Youth for the Ocean We Need: SDG Media Zone - UN Ocean Conference 2022
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Following the launch of its Ocean Literacy Toolkit for Policymakers, UNESCO has announced an ambitious objective to integrate ocean education into national curricula of all its Member States by 2025. But how can we empower youth, and citizens at large, beyond the classroom to sustain ocean action in this Ocean Decade?

This event marks the official designation by the UNESCO Director-General of Maya Gabeira, giant wave surfer and ocean advocate, as UNESCO Champion for the Ocean and Youth.

  • Audrey Azoulay, UNESCO Director-General

  • Maya Gabeira, Giant Wave Surfer, UNESCO Champion for the Ocean and Youth

  • Oskar Metsavaht, Entrepreneur and Fashion Designer, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador

  • Host: David Eades, BBC Chief Presenter 


The SDG Media Zone at the UN Ocean Conference takes place from 27 June – 1 July 2022 in Lisbon, Portugal. Hosted by the United Nations and in collaboration with the PVBLIC Foundation and media partners, the SDG Media Zone aims to take the conversation on advancing the Sustainable Development Goals out of the policy sphere and into the public discourse.

Through a live format of interviews and panel discussions, the SDG Media Zone at the Conference will bring together UN principals, influencers, and industry leaders to talk about innovative solutions and initiatives that address the challenges that the ocean is now facing.