At World Sailing's 2016 Annual Conference, the governing body will be laying down plans for a healthy sustainable future for the sport, as well as the more specific subject of sustainability in the waters of the world.
On Monday 7 November World Sailing's sustainability strategy as well as a number of keynote speeches from industry experts will be presented live from the Sustainability Forum in Barcelona, Spain on World Sailing's YouTube channel.
Follow live from 14:30 – 18:00 local time, 13:30-17:00 UTC on Monday 7 November via the links below:
World Sailing Chief Executive Officer Andy Hunt will present the Sustainability Strategy to delegates in attendance as well as those watching online. Further keynote speeches will be delivered by:
• Jill Savery – Sustainability Advisor and Consultant. Savery is the co-editor of Sustainability and Sport and was the Head of Sustainability for the America's Cup Event Authority at the 34th America's Cup, where she was responsible for delivering zero waste, carbon neutral and sustainable event activities.
• Susie Thomson – Sustainability Manager at Team BAR and World Sailing consultant. Thomson established Earth to Ocean Ltd in 2009, now part of the PCSG group delivering sustainability advice to major events and high performance teams.
• Julia Palle – Sustainability Manager at the FIA Formula E Championship. Palle specialises in reducing the carbon footprint of the Championship and ensuring that the events leave a positive impact on the cities they visit.
• Anne-Cecile Turner – Founder of Blueshift Sustainability Consultancy. Turner is currently the Sustainability Program Leader for the Volvo Ocean Race and has developed programs for the Geneva Marathon, Extreme Sailing Series and a number of international brands.
A panel session chaired by Broadcaster Alec Wilkinson with the keynote speakers will draw the Forum to a close and those watching online will be encouraged to get involved with the discussions by using the 2016 Annual Conference hashtag, #OurSustainableFuture, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
CEO of World Sailing Andy Hunt commented, "The Sustainability Forum will enable delegates to explore how to maximise the impact of World Sailing's vision and mission, all of which can be captured in a simple message: sport, technology & nature in perfect harmony.
"Sailors have a collective desire to be guardians of the oceans and we hope that those in attendance and watching online seize the opportunities available, join the debate and look to work together to make positive change.”
The Sustainability Forum is one of three open forums to be streamed live and online during the 2016 Annual Conference: Our Sustainable Future. The Sustainability Forum will open proceedings on Monday 7 November followed by the Para World Sailing Forum on Tuesday 8 with the Commercial Strategy for the Sport Forum on Wednesday 9.
The dialogue and engagement of the 2016 Annual Conference will be centred on an overarching theme of, 'Our Sustainable Future.' Sailing will be laying down plans for a healthy sustainable future for the sport, as well as the more specific subject of sustainability in the waters of the world.
The Forums will feature world leading experts and panel discussions, providing the basis for debate around sustainability across multiple facets of the sport.
By Daniel Smith - World Sailing
World Sailing Marketing and Media
Tel: + 44 2380 635 111
About World Sailing's Annual Conference
World Sailing's Annual Conference brings together up to 700 delegates every first full week of November. It is the central meeting point where the strategy of sailing is reviewed, discussed and celebrated.
Over the Annual Conference, participants plan for the future, make key decisions to drive the sport forward, share best practice and generate new ideas.
The 2016 Annual Conference will be held in Barcelona, Spain at the Hotel Renaissance Barcelona Fira from 5-13 November.
About the General Assembly
The General Assembly of World Sailing takes places every four years. It is on this occasion that the World Sailing Board of Directors (President and Vice-Presidents) and members of the World Sailing Council automatically retire.
All full World Sailing Member National Authorities (MNAs) are entitled to be represented at the General Assembly and to vote for the new President and the seven Vice-Presidents.
MNAs can nominate members for the World Sailing Board of Directors, Council, Committees, Sub-Committees and Commissions.
The next World Sailing General Assembly will take place on Sunday 13 November 2016 from 09:30 – 13:3
About World Sailing
World Sailing is the world governing body for the sport of sailing, officially recognised by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the International Paralympic Committee (IPC).
Founded in 1907, World Sailing's vision is for a world in which millions more people fall in love with sailing; inspired by the unique relationship between sport, technology and the forces of nature; we all work to protect the waters of the world.
World Sailing is made up of 142 Member National Authorities, the national governing bodies for sailing around the world and 114 World Sailing Class Associations.
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