The Global Challenges Foundation and the Peace Boat hosted the symposium "Ocean Degradation and Climate Change: Perspectives from the Global to the Local", featuring young leaders from small island states, experts, and activists.

The young leaders, active in issues relating to the ocean and climate and representing states on the front line of climate change and marine degradation from the three regions of the Pacific, the Indian Ocean and the Caribbean, boarded the Peace Boat in Stockholm on 26 June.

The Young Leaders (left) presented the climate change situation in their home countries and discussed with Patricia Villarrubia Gómez from the Stockholm Resilience Centre (third right) and Merci Olsson from Race from the Baltic (second right). The panel was moderated by Jens Orback, Senior Advisor of the Global Challenges Foundation.

The young leaders, the staff of the secretariat of the Global Challenges Foundation and invited guests from Sweden’s civil society and government engaged in storytelling, based on the Pacific concept of Talanoa, sharing experiences and information about global and local perspectives and solutions to climate change and ocean environmental degradation.