Youth for the Sustainable Development Goals in Action!

Peace Boat US provides youth with an opportunity to learn about the UN Sustainable Development Goals through direct experiences working with local communities around the world. Youth are able to see and hear firsthand realities of countries they visit and learn about the Sustainable Development Goals through lectures, workshops, and discussions with guest speakers onboard. Participants of the 2017 Summer program on the 94th Global Voyage of Peace Boat were given a chance to learn about the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Latin America and see how they are being implemented in different countries such as Panama, Nicaragua and El Salvador.

After learning about the SDGs through direct experiences in Latin America, participants were invited to join the United Nations High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development in New York City. By the time the program ended, the participants left with not only a deeper understanding of how countries in Latin America and around the world are working towards the SDGs, but they also gained a better understanding of how important it is for civil society to be involved in helping to achieve the goals – especially young people. Along the way, they also forged new friendships across borders and embraced other cultures. To learn more about the SDGs in your country, visit the UN website here :

To join Peace Boat’s upcoming Summer program from July 20 – August 3, 2018 on the Sustainable Development Goals in Latin America, visiting Panama, Costa Rica and Mexico, please send us an email to :


Participants are taught about the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Panama during their visit to the UNDP office in the City of Knowledge.


Youth from the summer program work together with the refugee youth in RET in order to complete activities regarding the SDGs during their stay in Panama.


Peace Boat US give the RET youth a One World Futbol before playing a friendly match of soccer.


A visit to the Embera indigenous community in Panama teaches the youth about ecotourism and how local communities are working to promote sustainable lifestyles.

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Participants present about the 17 SDGs put forth by the United Nations while traveling on the ship to hundreds of participants onboard.


Each youth chose one SDG that was important to them and presented about the goal onboard.


While the ship was docked in Nicaragua, participants posed in front of the ship before going on an eco-cycling tour of Corinto.


Teachers use visuals and songs to teach young children ages 3 to 5 the native language of Nahuat in an educational program sponsored by the University of Don Bosco.


Participants visit the University of Don Bosco to learn about the history of the Civil War, Peace and Security in El Salvador. 


The Universidad Salvadoreña Alberto Masferrer presents the history behind the country along with several live performances with music and dance in El Salvador.


Participants visited the town of Panchimalco in El Salvador, where the Mayor of the city has dedicated a youth arts program to promoting a culture of peace in the city.


The visit to the Maya Nut Institute included a spiritual ceremony from members of the Pipil indigenous community.


Participants were brought onto a farm where they cultivate the Mayan Nut, also known as Ojushte from a female entrepreneur in El Salvador who is supporting sustainable development.


A visit to an archeological site teaches participants of the past history and gives insight to the local indigenous communities in  El Salvador.


The UN High Level Political Forum began with several participants from Peace Boat who learned about the SDGs and were excited to see what how member states and UN delegates are working to achieve the goals in their home countries.


Youth participate in the UN High Level Political Forum for Sustainable Development at the UN Headquarters in New York City.


This article was published by Mina Karimi.


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