Rio de Janeiro and New York City, 5 June 2017 – Australian musician, youth icon and UNDP advocate Cody Simpson will support the global launch of a documentary that showcases the power of citizen action to save our Oceans. 20-year old singer, songwriter, and surfer Cody is actively engaged in global ocean conservation. Cody Simpson will join the UN Development Programme at the Ocean Conference in New York City on Wednesday, 7 June 2017.
The film Urban Bay, produced by Brazilian marine biologist Ricardo Gomes and the UNDP RIO+ Centre in Rio de Janeiro is the result of more than 15 years of courageous diving in the famous Guanabara Bay, one of the largest and most biodiverse bays on Earth.
The documentary examines the marine life that exists under Rio de Janeiro’s iconic Guanabara Bay, a bay that was shadowed in negative global attention during the Olympic Games in 2016 in Rio de Janeiro. Despite popular thought that the bay is inhospitable, Gomes shows that there is a diverse world of marine life in Rio de Janeiro’s bay, although it is unsure how long this resiliency will last.
Urban Bay will have its global launch in New York City next week, being screened as a side event at the UN Ocean Conference on 7 June 2017 at the Japan Society. The event will also feature a brief discussion with Ricardo Gomes and UNDP representatives on the role of the ocean and marine life in sustainable development followed by insight from Cody Simpson after the screening of the film.
The film will then also be screened at Columbia University on Friday, 9 June 2017, with a conversation between Ricardo Gomes, the UNDP Sustainable Development Cluster chief Nik Sekhran, and Columbia professor of environmental engineering Dr. Kartik Chandran.