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Panathlon International and One Ocean Foundation project: Together for the protection of water through sports.

March 2023

Panathlon International, in collaboration with the One Ocean Foundation, has presented a new project that had  its ‘launch’ in Rapallo last March (see press release  ttps://

Panathlon International intends to share this project in compliance with and in application of the IOC’s Project 2020 +5, which was issued after a similar United Nations’ initiative with Recommendation No. 10, which called for special attention to be paid to environmental protection.

The aim of the project is to sensitise all Panathlon International Clubs to become promoters, together with the Yachting organisations (Yachting Clubs, Naval Leagues etc.) of their territory, to organise a specific public event that can also involve young people (e.g. recovery of plastic and other pollutants etc.).

Yachting organisations are invited to sign the Charta Smeralda (a code of ethics to share principles and actions to protect the oceans and waters): (EN).

Protagonists are many nautical Institutions of Riviera di Levante (Sailing and Nautical Clubs, Naval League, Yachting Clubs etc) that will underwrite the Charta Smeralda, an ethical code to share principles and actions to protect oceans and waters.

The project stems from the collaboration agreement signed between Panathlon International – an international movement for the promotion of culture and ethics in sport – and the One Ocean Foundation whose mission is to accelerate solutions to ocean problems by inspiring international leaders, companies, institutions and individuals by promoting a sustainable blue economy and improving knowledge of the oceans through ocean literacy.

Panathlon International will also give an Ethical Charter to the subscribers of the Charta Smeralda, to certify and testify that the signatory knows, accepts and shares both the Charta Smeralda Project and the founding principles of Panathlon International. The commitment will also be to collaborate for the diffusion, promotion and sharing of the Code of Ethics with other institutions and organisations of various nature, public private, national and international and also to commit themselves for the realisation of concrete actions.

The event was attended by the President of One Ocean, Riccardo Bonadeo, the International Board Mem[1]bers of Panathlon International, coming from all over the world, the President of the PI Italy District, the Governor of the Area Liguria, the Ligurian Panathlon Clubs, the President of the regional CONI and sports managers as well as One Ocean Foundation’s friends.

The event is also sponsored by the City of Rapallo, given the commitment always promoted by the Administration in raising awareness for the protection of the Territory and the Regional CONI always sensitive to these issues.

Once again Rapallo and the “House” of Panathlon International will be at the centre of an important occasion to spread the principles of the safeguard of the seas and oceans, with reference to the ethical values of the sport practice in water.

Visit PI website to overview the entire project




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