Join the tide of change – Global Goals week and Climate Week NYC Report from Peace Boat US !


In the month of September, Peace Boat attended various from San Francisco to New York City for Global Goals week and Climate Week 2018.



Global Climate Action Summit

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From 12-14 September, over 4,500 participants gathered on the West coast of the US for the Global Climate Action Summit convened by California Governor Jerry Brown. The aim of the summit was to foster bold climate action among non-state actors against the backdrop of national plans that are currently unable to meet the Paris Agreement target of keeping global temperature rise well below 2 degrees Celsius, and pursuing efforts to limit it to 1.5 degrees.  A Peace Boat and Ecoship delegation took part in the summit to showcase the commitment of Peace Boat in the fight against climate change.

Screen Shot 2018-09-20 at 5.13.44 PM“The climate crisis calls for urgent action. We have seen the human impact on health, disease, famine,  conflict, refugee crises, and livelihoods,” the declaration  reads. “We have seen  thousands of people die each year from worsening storms and floods, heat waves, droughts, and wildfires. These impacts disproportionately affect the poor, disadvantaged, and vulnerable. We dedicate our actions, commitments and determination to give national leaders the confidence and assurance needed to increase their ambition and accelerate climate action by 2020 for the security of our planet, now and for generations to come,” it adds.


The summit aimed to mobilize bold new commitments that will contribute to meeting the Paris Agreement, focusing on five key issues: Healthy Energy Systems, Inclusive Economic Growth, Sustainable Communities, Land and Ocean Stewardship, and Transformative Climate Investments. The event also showcased climate actions taking place around the world, celebrated the ongoing efforts that are already making an impact. It also focused to demonstrate to national governments in the run-up to COP24 that stronger commitments are necessary, desirable and achievable.

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>> Photos from the Global Climate Action Summit website – for more info visit :



Social Good Summit

On September 23rd, Peace Boat attended the Social Good Summit, a one-day conference hosted by 92nd Street Y focusing on the impact modern technology and media has on social good initiatives around the world.


In the midst of the rapidly changing world, the Social Good Summit focused on where human beings are headed. It engaged in the world’s largest discussion on the role of technology in developing innovative ideas and creating new connections to improve lives around the world.


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The Summit focused on unlocking technology’s potential to make the world a better place, the world we want to live in by 2030 through uniting a lively community of global citizens and progressive thought leaders around a common theme: #2030NOW.

>>Check out Social Good Summit website online here:



 The SDG Media Zone

On 24-28 September the UN hosted an SDG Media Zone where solution makers discussed initiatives and innovative approaches to advancing the Goals, and the Director of Peace Boat, Yoshioka Tatsuya participated as one of the panelists.


The SDG Media Zone — a live format of interviews, panel discussions and other digital content—seeked to create, connect, and highlight the initiatives that the global community is working on to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.



The Zone brought together well-known personalities and Member States as well as content creators, influencers and media partners, and it provided a dynamic space to strengthen the commitment of the international community in support of the 2030 Agenda.


> Photos by Ryan Carl

>>Check out Social Media Zone website online here:


Financing Sustainable Landscapes:

Global Challenges and Opportunities

On September 24th, the “Financing Sustainable Landscapes: Global Challenges and Opportunities” event was held at the United Nations and  Peace Boat US attended as a participant.


The event, on the sidelines of the Annual UN General Assembly, brought key stakeholders, including several international organizations, financial institutions and member nations of the UN together to highlight how ‘blended finance’ models can support countries in simultaneously achieving inclusive growth and emissions reductions goals.

It offered opportunities to discuss new partnerships and knowledge exchange opportunities, through catalytic institutions like TLFF and SIFF that can scale availability of finance for sustainable economic development. It provided space to scope out innovative finance approaches that can provide triple-bottom-line social, environmental and economic benefits for developing countries in sectors related to sustainable land management and nature. The event also explored the need and potential of transformational finance facilities like the TLFF and SIFF to sustainably reduce climate vulnerabilities and generate successful blueprints for deforestation free commodity production in ecologically sensitive regions of the world. The speakers emphasized importance of ecosystem restoration, innovative and creative financing and partnerships between all parties including government, business and civil society to build and maintain sustainable landscapes.

>> Learn more about Financing Sustainable Landscapes: Global Challenges and Opportunities via their website online here:



73rd UNGA High-Level Side Event

on Social Business, Youth and Technology

On the following day, September 25th, Peace Boat joined the 73rd UNGA High-Level Side Event on Social Business, Youth and Technology. The side event brought together government leaders, Nobel Peace laureates, advocates for the UN Sustainable Development Goals, business leaders, innovators, social entrepreneurs and young leaders from all over the world to empower community-led actions and innovate together for achieving the SDGs.


The speakers discussed how to make the necessary resources and knowledge available for youth regardless of their geographical, social and economic situations, as well as how to make long lasting positive effects from the different programs they offer.

Professor Rajesh Nair, Director of MIT Asia School of Business -Innovation & Entrepreneurship Center shared his own low cost, creative capacity building program for youth in areas with limited access to resources.

>> 73rd UNGA High-Level Side Event on Social Business, Youth and Technology is online here:



Global Citizen Movement Makers Summit


Peace Boat also joined the Global Citizen Movement Makers Summit. The creative  summit called together the best minds in the movement working to equip change-makers, marketers and everyday citizens with the tools they need to understand, learn from, and share best practices for sustainable development. Experts from diverse fields— ranging across the arts, culture, political, social good, marketing and behavioral science spheres — shared their perspectives on how to build movements that can achieve the Global Goals by 2030.


>> Visit the Global Citizen Movement Makers Summit website online here:



Accelerate 2030 Scaling Impact Globally

On 27th of September Peace Boat US attended “Scaling the impact of entrepreneurial solutions for the SDGs”, the second day event of “Accelerate 2030 Scaling Impact Globally” event held in New York City.


Accelerate2030 is a program co-initiated by Impact Hub Geneva and the UNDP, with a mission to scale internationally the impact of entrepreneurs working towards achieving positive social and environmental change contributing to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.

The event provided an inspiring and interactive reception and discussion featuring some of the world’s top innovators and entrepreneurs tackling the Sustainable Development Goals where they discussed about the opportunities and challenges for bringing impact to scale.


In particular, the event explored examples of collaboration between ‘Unlikely Allies’ for SDGs, including startup-corporate partnerships, and the need to focus at creating tangible impact through collaborative approaches.

The presenters included key players from the UN, corporate sector, foundations, NY based entrepreneurs and other change-makers, including the top International Accelerate2030 finalists leading social innovation in the educational, health, and clean energy sectors.


>> Visit the Accelerate 2030 Scaling Impact Globally event website online here:


Women in Sustainability


On September 27th Peace Boat US attended the “Women in Sustainability” event at CUNY Graduate Center. The event focused on raising awareness of the climate issues women are mitigating every day. It explored the challenges and opportunities within the field of sustainability through a gendered lens. The event highlighted an impactful and diverse group of women working in the sustainability space. The panelists from variety of fields discussed what are the roles of women in sustainability and shared their perspectives on how female leaders are making impacts in decisions for sustainable operations of their companies and organizations and also different barriers and difficulties female leaders face in their career working in sustainable development fields.


>> Visit the Women in Sustainability event website online here:



Global Partnerships for Climate Action –

Ocean + Climate


On Friday, September 28th, Peace Boat US celebrated Climate Week NYC with a special event,  “Global Partnerships for Climate Action – Ocean + Climate” with local partners focused on environmental action, ocean conservation, eco-fashion, technology and innovation for sustainability.


The event highlighted the importance of partnerships for transformation towards a more peaceful and sustainable society. Panelists form variety of fields shared their contributions on realization of SDGs using their own unique tools and approaches. During the event a short documentary of Peace Boat’s Ocean and Climate Youth Ambassadors Programme “Against the Tide” was screened.



Director of Peace Boat US, Emilie McGlone shared the upcoming “Youth for the SDGs” scholarship which welcomes students and young people between the ages of 18 – 30 years old from all backgrounds and nationalities who are currently involved in SDG-related activities and have a strong desire to learn about sustainable development to join the upcoming South America tour. Ms. McGlone also introduced Ocean and Climate Youth Ambassadors Pragramme which brings youth leaders from states on the front line of climate change and marine degradation to travel onboard Peace Boat’s ship, engaging in capacity building and bringing their message to citizens and government representatives through the voyage.


Ms. Tiffany Bethel, an Officer from the Ministry of Foreign and CARICOM Affairs of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago shared a message on behalf of Ambassador Beckles, highlighting the importance of the health of the oceans for a small island developing state countries and stated ” we must embody the spirit of the SDGs and “leaving no one behind, with human beings and the environment at heart.”


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>>  Global Partnerships for Climate Action – Ocean + Climate :

Peace Boat supports youth education through various onboard programs and our upcoming “Youth for the SDGs Scholarship” program is now open for applications.

>> Click here online for more details and an online application “YOUTH FOR THE SDGS”:…/10/PB-US-Scholarship2018-web.…

>>Learn more about Ocean and Climate Youth Ambassadors Programme online here:




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