08 Nov 2017 Story Oceans & seas

Lewis Pugh: Swimming the message across

Lewis Pugh, UN Environment Patron of the Oceans, became the first person to complete a long-distance swim (1km) in the waters off South Georgia on November 7, 2017.

His pioneering swim was made to urge leaders to grant full environmental protection for the Scotia Sea surrounding South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands, one of the world's biodiversity hotspots. #Antarctica2020


Lewis Pugh, endurance swimmer and UN Environment Patron of the Oceans urges everyone to #BeatPollution and sign the pledge for a pollution-free planet.

The UN Environment Assembly, the world's highest-level decision-making body on the environment, will gather in Nairobi, Kenya, from 4-6 December 2017 under the overarching theme of pollution.

The UN Environment Assembly has the universal membership of all 193 UN Member States and the full involvement of UN organizations, specialized agencies, inter-governmental organizations, civil society and the private sector. In bringing together these varied communities, the Assembly provides a groundbreaking platform for leadership on global environmental policy. 

This year’s Assembly will be sustainable and climate-neutral, and it will feature side events that confront pollution in its various forms. The Assembly aims to deliver a number of tangible commitments to end the pollution of our air, land, waterways, and oceans, and to safely manage our chemicals and waste.