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The MSC Foundation is partnering with world-renowned explorer Mike Horn’s Foundation to support innovative youth-led solutions to the environmental challenges connected with achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Monaco, 26 April 2023

The MSC Foundation has announced a new partnership that sees it joining forces with the Horn Foundation to support its Pangaea X Programme, conceived to help young people develop impactful projects that contribute to achieving certain key UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Salient amongst these are SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy, SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production, SDG 14 - Life Below Water, and SDG 15 - Life On Land.

The recently-launched second cycle of the Pangaea X intensive training and coaching programme will equip young participants with the essential tools, knowledge and resources to analyse, assess and design their own environmental driven projects. The programme will be delivered through an online platform, face-to-face workshops, mentorships and networking events with the aim of encouraging young individuals to become agents of social change in their communities.

Addressing a broad spectrum of environmental threats, including natural resource depletion, biodiversity loss and climate change, Pangaea X aims to fill a gap in current environmental efforts by fostering innovation and collaboration between young people, experts and stakeholders.

The programme targets environmentally passionate young individuals eager to make a positive impact on their communities and the planet, aiming to attract approximately 1,000 participants to its online workshops every year, while making a more significant impact on the 10 teams selected to contribute directly to addressing the above-mentioned SDGs.

The second Pangaea X programme was officially launched on Friday the 21st of April and is open to all young people aged between 16 and 29 living in Switzerland and the EU. The conditions of participation are available on the association’s official website

Announcing the partnership, Mike Horn commented: “Over 10 years ago, I launched my first educational programme for the conservation of our planet. Today, young people are much more concerned than they used to be, and I want to offer them the resources to take effective action. Pangaea X has proven a catalyst for change, and I am eager to see the innovative solutions and ideas that the next generation will bring to the table. I am therefore very grateful for the MSC Foundation’s support, which has helped make this year’s programme possible.

Pierfrancesco Vago, Chair of the MSC Foundation Executive Committee and Executive Chairman of the Cruise Division of MSC Group, commented: “As a family-owned Group, we know the importance of supporting youth to achieve their full potential. So we are delighted to partner with the Horn Foundation to nurture sustainability leaders capable of inspiring and advocating for the transformations needed to secure a strong and resilient future. Mike Horn has for years been such a leader and Pangaea X will offer the right platform for our next generations to build solid practical solutions.

MSC Foundation Executive Director Daniela Picco added: “Restoring the health of our blue planet is a priority of the MSC Foundation and education plays a key role in our efforts. We are therefore honoured to contribute to the Pangaea X programme as main sponsors, convinced of its strong immediate value and real potential for sustained global impact, equipping young individuals with the tools and resources to drive positive change in pursuit of the Sustainable Development Goals.


The non-profit MSC Foundation implements the MSC Group’s marine conservation, humanitarian and sustainable development commitments worldwide, utilising MSC’s global reach and unique knowledge of the sea to protect and nurture our blue planet, its peoples and our shared cultural heritage.

Concentrating on four areas – the Environment, Community Support, Education and Emergency Relief – the Foundation promotes the protection and sustainable management of ecosystems, empowers vulnerable communities around the world to realize their full potential, supports equitable and inclusive quality education to foster enduring individual and collective development, and helps disaster-struck populations toward recovery.

The Foundation works to achieve this both independently and with dedicated partners: independently, by leveraging MSC Group engagement in designing and managing projects, connecting communities, raising awareness and mobilising the financial support of thousands of people, and together with trusted partners selected for their strong innovative vision or track record for effective action.

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The Horn Foundation, founded by the daughters of explorer Mike Horn, Annika and Jessica Horn, aims to raise awareness of current environmental and social issues. It implements field projects to act for the planet and its inhabitants, thus offering everyone the opportunity to become an actor of change.

The Foundation also enables philanthropists to support projects with a strong environmental and social impact, whether field or educational.


Pangaea X is an education and environmental program spearheaded by explorer Mike Horn that aims to inspire and empower young people to develop innovative projects with a positive impact on the planet. Through annual challenges focused on various environmental issues, Mike Horn encourages youth worldwide to take action by proposing creative solutions to address these problems. Upon completion of the program, finalist teams can win a monetary prize of up to €20,000 to kickstart their project as well as embark on a transformative adventure with Mike Horn.

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