World Sailing will mark World Ocean Day by calling on the federation’s global community of sailors to support the One Blue Voice petition for a Universal Declaration of Ocean Rights, which will be presented to the UN General Assembly members in September 2023.
The campaign by World Sailing Special Event The Ocean Race asks members of the public to show their support for a Universal Declaration of Ocean Rights. And on World Ocean Day – held annually on 8 June – World Sailing is urging everyone in the global sailing community to add their voices to the cause.
Alexandra Rickham, World Sailing’s Head of Sustainability, said, “The time to act is now – the global sailing community must add its chorus to One Blue Voice.
“As sailors we are uniquely placed to see the daily damage done to our oceans. And, as sailors, it is our duty to do all we can to protect the health of our oceans.”
“World Sailing has a comprehensive 56-point Sustainability Agenda which outlines how we will contribute to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. World Ocean Day offers the entire sport an opportunity to reflect on our progress and assess what more we can do to look after the seas. Member National Authorities (MNAs), class associations, sailing clubs, event organisers and sailors must work together to protect our oceans.”