Ocean Literacy World Conference

June 7, 2024 - June 8, 2024
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The Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO, in collaboration with the Government of Italy, the Municipality of Venice, and the Prada Group, will host the first Ocean Literacy World Conference on June 7-8 in the city of Venice, Italy. This Conference will bring together international experts in ocean literacy and ocean education from across various sectors.

The Conference marks a significant milestone for the preparatory process for the third UN Ocean Conference that will be co-hosted by the Governments of France and Costa Rica in Nice, France, 2025.

The Conference is one of the first initiatives of the Ocean Decade Coordination Office (DCO) for Connecting People and Ocean which was recently established at the UNESCO Regional Bureau for Science and Culture in Europe, to promote a more equitable, just, and harmonious relationship between humans and the ocean.

During the Conference, the Venice Declaration, based on the answers to our Ocean Literacy Priorities Survey, will be finalized and signed.

This survey was tailored to the key drivers of change outlined in the Vision 2030 White Paper for Decade Challenge 10: multiple knowledge systems, education, strategic communications, and cultural connections.

Side events

As part of the Ocean Literacy World Conference in Venice on June 7-8, we’re holding a series of workshops and a documentary screening which are open to everyone, including people who are not registered for the conference itself.

Follow the Conference online

You can follow the conference live on the YouTube channel of UNESCO Venice at the following links:


June 7, 2024
June 8, 2024
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Venice, Italy


UNESCO-IOC, in collaboration with the Government of Italy, the Municipality of Venice, and the Prada Group.
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