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MOD70 partnership

Race For Water enters into a collaboration with UNESCO

Wednesday March 14th 2012, Author: James Boyd, Location: France

As a guest of UNESCO at the sixth World Water Forum in Marseille, the Multi One Attitude Foundation has announced a collaborate with UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission and International Hydrological Programme to raise awareness among the general public about the importance of preserving the ocean and freshwater resources, using Race For Water, and their MOD70 trimaran flagship vessel of the Foundation, to race around the world in the Multi One Championship.

The trimaran Race for Water will participate in several race events this year, starting with the Krys Ocean Race, between New York and Brest starting on 7 July and finishing during the Tonnerres de Brest, a gathering tall ships. The trimaran will then enter the MOD70 European Tour, a competition around Europe with stopovers in Kiel (Germany), Dublin (Ireland), Cascais (Portugal), Marseille (France) and Genoa (Italy). This will be followed by MOD70 World Tour in 2013.

The Multi One Attitude Foundation will install a Water Pavilion in the heart of the Race Village in each port of call, in order to draw the attention of the general public, and educate future generations about water preservation highlighting the role of UNESCO in this area both with respect to the ocean and freshwater.

The Race For Water aims to strengthen the links and share best practices with local leaders and universities, on the route of the sailing championship, highlighting the role played by UNESCO in sharing information; and at the same time developing media attention for the Foundation, its partners and for UNESCO’s programmes. Through its spectacular race boat, Race For Water aims to promote innovation with universities by developing tools and systems to measure the water footprint and micro-plastic pollution in the oceans. These are some of the concrete actions that will be undertaken this year.

Gretchen Kalonji, Assistant Director-General of the Natural Sciences Sector at UNESCO, said: “Water is vital for life. UNESCO’s scientific programmes with respect to the ocean and freshwater aim to contribute to preserving water through science in order to make sound decisions about its management. These resources are calling on our collective passion and creativity to champion their cause, and to sustain them for generations to come. We are delighted to embark on this journey with the Multi One Foundation and to share our passion and knowledge with the public through sailing. With this partnership, we hope to encourage youth and coastal communities to become engaged in the protection of their ocean and water resources.”

Sandra Mudronja, Communications Director of the Multi One Attitude Foundation, added: “We, at the Multi One Attitude Foundation, are absolutely thrilled to start this partnership with UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission. We are convinced that Race For Water, our ambassador boat, will be a great tool to raise awareness about water preservation amongst different public. We believe that sport, and sailing in particular, can make a positive contribution and has the power to raise media and public attention. For the passion and excitement that people feel around sailing is based on the intimate connection that it brings with the natural world, Race For Water will encourage people to take action and preserve the planet’s most precious resource.”

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