June 9: Rockaway Beach Clean Up With 4Ocean

On Sunday, June 9th, Peace Boat members joined the Ocean and Climate Youth Ambassadors in taking part in the World Oceans Day beach clean up hosted by 4Ocean at Rockaway Beach. 4Ocean was co-founded by Andrew Cooper and Alex Schulze after they personally experienced the severity of ocean pollution in Bali, Indonesia. From this experience, Cooper and Schulze decided to develop an organization that could use simple fishing techniques, such as a boat and nets, to clean up garbage on beaches. 4Ocean has removed more than 4,600,000 pounds of trash from the ocean and coastlines, operating in multiple countries and employing nearly 150 people. Along with the Rockaway beach clean up, 4Ocean came onboard Peace Boat June 7 and 8 to take part in celebrating World Oceans Day. Here, the organization was able to share the work they continue to do with UN and Peace Boat partners.



4Ocean volunteers sort beach garbage at Rockaway Beach


All the garbage 4Ocean volunteers collected from 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m.


4Ocean displays upcoming Peace Boat Ecoship plans

This post was written by Gabrielle Clark and published by Arleigh Rodgers (Intern from Peace Boat US).

June 8: Peace Boat Celebrates World Oceans Day Aboard Ocean Dream Ship

On June 8, Peace Boat welcomed performers, film directors, interactive exhibitions, educational and cultural workshops, and keynote speakers onto its ship, the Ocean Dream, for United Nations World Oceans Day. The event took place on a day dedicated to celebrating the world’s oceans and raising awareness of their global benefits.


Peace Boat is an NGO that holds Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations (UN) and whose dedication to peace, sustainability, and global education is exhibited through its ship’s Global Voyages — three-month-long excursions to 20 countries around the world. The Ocean Dream is currently on its 101st voyage, where it departed from Yokohama, Japan, on April 20th.

This year’s World Oceans Day focused on the theme “Gender and the Oceans.” Women filmmakers, speakers, and performers on board highlighted the specific impact climate change has on women around the globe. The day-long, informative celebration also welcomed organizations such as the Fabien Cousteau Ocean Learning Center, 4Ocean, and PangeaSeed.


Among the distinguished attendees were the Ocean and Climate Youth Ambassadors, a collective of young men and women from eight different Small Island Developing States. Their three-week stay on Peace Boat took them to Malta, Spain, Morocco, and the Madeira Islands, where they brought their fight against climate change and ocean degradation to the citizens and governments of the countries they visited.

Nathalia Iawen, an Ambassador from Seychelles, spoke about the direct impact youth activists have had in Seychelles’s community.

“I met a lot of 10-, 11-, 15-year-olds who were very passionate about what they do,” Iawen said. “They actually … had a project where they went to the beach and they were looking for microplastics. … They showed that through a video … to teach their schools about microplastics and how it’s everywhere. It’s not just in the water.”

Seychelles operates on a Blue Economy concept, which prioritizes the sustainable use of ocean resources for economic growth. The country has taken steps to limit its plastic waste, including a full ban of single-use plastic bags, cups, cutlery, and styrofoam boxes and a partial ban on plastic straws. Iawen said she believes a collective effort from youth activists, like the one in Seychelles, can ignite positive change.

“I told them to never let age or race, language or religion stop them from voicing out their opinion about what you believe in,” Iawen said. “If we all work together, we can make a difference, but it’s going to take a lot of us to make a difference,” she said.


Peace Boat also hosted Ocean Talk Sessions, 30-minute-long panel talks about participating speakers’ efforts to protect the world’s oceans. The concluding Ocean Talk Session featured Fabien Cousteau from the Fabien Cousteau Ocean Learning Center and Liz Magee, Business and Operations Manager at Northeastern University at the Marine Science Center. In the panel, Cousteau said a better understanding of the world’s oceans is necessary for positive change.

“The human-ocean connection is an integral part of what we need to understand,” Cousteau said. “Everyone absolutely needs to have the fundamental understanding and connection with our ocean worlds.”


Magee, diving safety officer at Northeastern University, was one of the first female aquanauts on Cousteau’s Mission 31, a 31 day research expedition in Cousteau’s underwater laboratory, Aquarius. In the panel, she spoke about being one of the first women to work on Aquarius, as well as of the inequalities women divers face in a male-dominated profession.

“We have bigger hurdles to overcome just because we are females, specifically in a realm that is dominated by males,” she said. “And so we try harder, we do harder, we’ll put in that effort, and we’ll get there, and we’ll show everybody.”


A performance from the Honiya Yosakoi Dance Troupe was the afternoon’s concluding event, and the day was wrapped up by a final call to action with a group photo.

This post was created and published by Arleigh Rodgers (Intern from Peace Boat US).

June 7th Special Event: Global Youth Perspectives

On June 7th, in collaboration with the United Nations Office for Partnerships, the international NGO Peace Boat hosted a special event to create a platform for youth to share their voices regarding local initiatives for the Sustainable Development Goals. The event began with an introduction from Emilie McGlone, Director of Peace Boat US and facilitator of the event. A representative from the UN Office for Partnerships also spoke, introducing the 2030 agenda and the importance of youth engagement and partnerships with organizations like Peace Boat.

A large part of the panel was made up of the Ocean and Climate Youth Ambassadors, a delegation of eight young leaders from small island states in the Pacific Ocean, Indian Ocean and Caribbean. The Ocean and Climate Youth shared their stories from their island communities on the frontlines of climate change and ocean degradation, as well as their actions for oceans and climate. Khadija Stewart, one of the Ocean and Climate Youth from Trinidad and Tobego, shared how she uses her online blog to raise awareness and mobilize action regarding the serious problem of oil spills in her country.


After hearing from all of the youth, CEO and founder of the Sustainable Ocean Alliance, Daniela Fernandez spoke about how she founded SOA at the age of nineteen to create a global platform where young people are included in the conversation. She explained how SOA is able to help helps young people amplify their ideas by giving them access to the resources they need. Fabien Cousteau was also a part of the panel, sharing insightful words about the importance of protecting our oceans.


Along with the Ocean and Climate Youth Ambassadors and other panel members, Peace Boat was excited to have Tre Packard, the director and founder of PangeaSeed. Mr. Packard founded this internationally engaged non-profit organization back in 2009, where their collaboration with Peace Boat first began. Through PangeaSeed, local artists are given the opportunity to develop and create public murals to raise environmental awareness in communities all over the world.


Through the Peace Boat World Oceans Day event, Mr. Packard described how PangeaSeed was able to share its story about its dedication to “utilize art and activism as key tools to campaign for precedential environmental issues and better ocean stewardship.” Currently, the organization is based out of Hawaii, but it continues to maintain a strong international presence. In closing remarks, Tre Packard expressed his excitement and gratitude for the two-day long event saying, “The collaboration and love for the oceans came full circle with World Oceans Day 2019 in New York City.”

This post was created and published by Arleigh Rodgers (Intern from Peace Boat US).

United Nations World Oceans Day June 7 Celebration

The 2019 United Nations World Oceans Day Celebratory Event was presented by The Office of Legal Affairs, Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea, and Oceanic Global.


2019 United Nations World Oceans Day, June 7, at the United Nations

The event began with opening remarks from João Miguel Ferreira de Serpa Soares, the Under-Secretary-General for Legal Affairs and United Nations Legal Council, who noted the importance of the oceans that “connect and sustain us,” as well as this year’s theme, “Gender and the Ocean.” Moderator Lea d’Auriol, founder and executive director of Oceanic Global, then introduced Åsa Regnér, the UN Women Deputy Executive Director.

Ms. Regnér highlighted the various dimensions of gender equality and the importance of the Sustainable Development Goals, especially goals five and fourteen, gender equality and life below water respectively. She noted the importance of including societies, such as women and those suffering from poverty, in decisions around issues that directly affect their everyday lives — for example, giving people from small island nations a voice in decisions about combating rising sea levels. We need to “engage dynamic audiences around ocean conservation,” Ms. Regnér concluded, in order to make effective and positive change.      

Judith Swan, International Consultant on the Law of the Sea and Fisheries and Law and Initiator of World Oceans Day, spoke next, asking the question: How do we reap the benefits from the ocean and protect it at the same time? Ms. Swan spoke of the challenge of gender-based solutions and proposed that women need to be empowered, especially in areas like the maritime community.

Moderator Mariasole Bianco, Professor of Environmental Communication and Dissemination at the Università degli Studi di Genova and Founder and President of Worldrise, introduced a performance on Gender and the Ocean in Pacific Mythology. Hinano Teavai-Murphy, Associate Director of the University of California Berkeley’s Gump Research Station and Founder of Te Pu Atitia, and Eparama Qerewaqa, Project Officer at the Alliance for Future Generations and one of the Climate Youth Ambassadors onboard Peace Boat, shared stories of mythology from their home nations in the Pacific, highlighting how for generations the ocean has been what gives people life.

Next, Kudzi Victorino Dykman, President of Ocean Revolution and Bitonga Divers shared stories from her childhood growing up on an island in the middle of Inhambane Bay in Mozambique. Ms. Dykman’s spoke about her inspiring journey to become the first female East African PADI scuba instructor and the first woman president of the marine conservation group Bitonga Divers.


Ms. Dykman speaking at the UN events.

Anne de Carbuccia, founder of One Planet One Future, and Jorge Manuel Gomez Poot, director at Elementum, spoke next. They shared a short video from their project of conservation and empowering women and youth in Mexico. Aunofo Havea, Sea Captain and Founder of Tonga Voyaging Society, continued with messages about the importance of igniting pathways for women and youth by sharing her journey.


The women part of the ocean conservation efforts in Mexico spoke at the UN through a pre-filmed video, as they were denied entry into the United States to speak in-person at the event.

Shannon Service, ocean journalist and filmmaker, introduced a short video from her new film Ghostfleet, which shows the harsh realities of forced labor at sea. Human trafficking surviver Tun Lin then spoke about his personal experience of working as a slave on a fishing boat for 11 years after being sold into slavery by one of his own friends. His words left a powerful impact on the audience.


Ms. Service’s film Ghostfleet premiered on the day of the UN event.

Angelique Pouponneau, CEO of Seychelles Conservation and Climate Adaptation Trust and Co-Founder of SIDS Youth AIMS Hub, shared her experience growing up in Seychelles and the action she took as a young woman to empower youth through programs such as Blue Economy Internships.

The closing keynote speech by Sylvia Earle showed hope for our future as long as we change our ways. Dr. Earle pointed out how gender differences and the values of women around the world can be helpful in creating solutions to restore balance in the oceans.

It’s clear the event’s focus was on the importance of gender equality in ocean-related activities, policy making and management of the oceans — and the impressive and diverse group of speakers made these topics a strong call to action.

This post was created and published by Arleigh Rodgers (Intern from Peace Boat US).

Peace Boat founder, Yoshioka Tatsuya, speaks at the Explorers Club on June 6

To kick off World Oceans Day weekend, the founder of Peace Boat, Yoshioka Tatsuya, gave an inspirational speech at the Explorer’s Club on Thursday, June 6. The Club was established in New York in 1904, and since then members of the club have been responsible for many famous firsts. Some of these achievements include: First to the North Pole, first to the South Pole, and first to the summit of Mount Everest. Due to the Explorer’s Club’s dedication to scientific research of the natural environment, Peace Boat has been a long-time supporter and partner of all their work. Mr. Tatsuya discussed with the Explorers Club members how Peace Boat is actively trying to continue their own environmental exploration on the planet’s most environmentally sustainable cruise ship. The Peace Boat founder reassured that the new Ecoship would be ready to set sail by 2020, reducing carbon emissions by 40 percent!

exploers club june 6Founder of Peace Boat, Mr. Tatsuya, presenting Peace Boat’s Ecoship

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#SaveOurOcean is a hashtag to use on social media to raise awareness about climate change and ocean degradation.

Peace Boat’s plans for the world’s greenest cruise ship, the Ecoship

This post was written by Gabrielle Clark and published by Arleigh Rodgers (Intern from Peace Boat US).

Introducing Our 2019 “Youth for the SDGs” Scholars


Congratulations to the seven exceptional young scholars that have been awarded our “Youth for the SDGs” Scholarship to join our 100th Global Voyage.  We will be sailing from Ushuaia, Argentina to Valparaiso, Chile, passing through the Patagonia fjords from February 18th to the 28th. Our scholars are joining us from all over the world, including youth from Saint Martin island to New York City to Chile. As the Peace Boat sails from port to port, our scholars will bring their intensive, specialized knowledge of their field in sustainability to the conversations taking place on the boat. The scholars will have the unique opportunity to engage with other academics and activists from around the world, taking part in informative workshops while marveling at the Andes Mountains, glaciers and the green plains of Patagonia.

patagonia picture 9Experiencing the glaciers and mountains in the Southern hemisphere, the scholars will be reminded of the vastness of the ocean and of the land we inhabit. Over these ten days, participants will immerse themselves in the application of the UN Sustainable Development Goals through leading workshops, participating in cross-cultural dialogues, improving their leadership skills, and aiding in the advancement of responsible tourism and peace worldwide.

screen shot 2019-01-10 at 3.32.57 pmThis South American program will empower the scholars to specifically delve into the SDG13 for Climate Action and SDG14 for Life Below Water. We hope this program will enable the young scholars to take what they learn on the Peace Boat and bring it into their communities, empowering other youth to raise their voices for a more sustainable world. Our 100th Anniversary Voyage also celebrates our cooperation with local partners such as the environmental organization CODEFF – National Committee to Protect the Flora and Fauna of Chile to promote the campaign to declare Patagonia as a World Heritage Site recognized by UNESCO. For more information on Peace Boat and CODEFF, please visit their website here : www.codeff.cl

Learn more about our 2019 Youth for SDGs scholars and their program coordinator below.

14257483_10157567867030294_777450253933390469_o (1)Emilie McGlone has been working with Peace Boat since 2004 and currently is the United Nations liaison and Director of the New York-based office of Peace Boat US, a non-profit organization working to promote peace, sustainable development and respect for the environment through educational programs organized onboard the Peace Boat, a chartered passenger ship that travels the world on peace voyages. Peace Boat holds Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations and works in partnership with UN representatives, Nobel Peace Laureates and community leaders from around the world to create opportunities for international cooperation focused on environmental sustainability, cultural awareness and peace education. Emilie works to foster youth education and develops specific programs to learn about important global issues onboard the Peace Boat. Founded in 1983 and nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2008, Peace Boat has sailed on over 100 global voyages, carrying more than 60,000 people to more than 100 countries. Peace Boat has recently launched a new initiative to build an Ecoship to sail around the world, showcasing green technology and design, while inspiring positive change to radically reduce our carbon footprint. Peace Boat is a committed campaigner for the UN Sustainable Development Goals, sailing with the Global Goals Logo on the hull of the ship. Peace Boat’s Ecoship Project will build the world’s most sustainable passenger ship. A flagship for the SDGs, Ecoship seeks to address ocean acidification with reduced carbon emissions and significantly reduce marine pollution.


Sara Van Eerde holds a Masters degree from the NYU Silver School of Social Work. During her undergraduate career at Muhlenberg College, Sara pursued a Psychology major and a self- designed Gender and Sexuality Studies major. Her focus took a global perspective when she researched machismo in Costa Rica, youth activism and climate change in Germany, and art therapy interventions at an orphanage while living in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Sara is currently living in New York City and works for Global Kids, where she teaches environmental justice through a program called the “Human Rights Activist Project,” leads a “LGBTQ+ and Allies” support group,  and is piloting a new mental health program at a high school in Queens. In her spare time, Sara loves adventurous activities such as flying through the air on aerial silks, rock climbing, hiking, and performing musical improv. Sara is deeply inspired by the work that Peace Boat does and is honored to share her passion and love for the ocean with them.

michaelMichael Valdivieso obtained a BA in international relations and political science (magna cum laude) at Universidad San Francisco de Quito in Ecuador (2016), and an MSC in Conflict Studies (Merit) from the London School of Economics in the UK (2018). He has participated in the National Model United Nations  New York from 2013 until 2018 both as delegate and as staff member. Michael previously served as a Public Information intern at UNHCR-Ecuador. He founded an international relations student association at his university in 2014, called Student Committee for International Affairs, where he served as president. He was the editor in chief of “A Different View,” an academic blog published by IAPSS, ending his 18-month mandate in September 2016. Additionally, as of December 2015, he serves as youth representative at a political think tank organized by Participación Ciudadana, one of the largest NGOs in Ecuador. Currently, he is one of the founders of Momentum Novum, a social business based in Germany that promotes sustainable development through advisory, education, and information services.

mareekaMareeka Dookie, born in Trinidad and Tobago and raised on the beautiful sunny island of Sint Maarten/Saint Martin is a creative young professional. She loves to travel, learn about different cultures, learn new languages, and gain worldly experiences. She prides herself on being a life long learner.  As an elementary school teacher, she enjoys working with children as they begin to unlock their knowledge and understanding of their inner powers and their ability to make positive and lasting impacts in the world. She holds a Bachelors of Arts in Spanish and a Masters of Teaching from Sacred Heart University in CT, USA. Currently Mareeka is focusing on recovery efforts in the lives of children on the island after the devastation of hurricane Irma on September 6th, 2017. She is working as a Programme Administrative Officer with UNICEF- Nederland  in Sint Maarten. She is beyond grateful for the opportunity to embark on the Peace Boat’s 100th Voyage focusing on the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals in Patagonia!

silviaSilvia Cantu Bautista is a junior at Middlebury College, majoring in Political Science with a minor in History. She speaks Spanish, English, and Portuguese. Born and raised in Mexico, she has previously lived in Victoria, Canada, where she spent two years of high school at UWC Pearson College. While at UWC, she took a course on Marine Science and conducted research on ocean acidification. She is passionate about Environmental policy and conservation, particularly concerning marine ecosystems. She is a PADI certified Advanced Scuba Diver and an avid photographer interested in climate change photojournalism. She hopes to become an advocate for climate justice and sustainability involved in the drafting and implementation of local and international environmental policy and adaptation plans. She is beyond excited to join PeaceBoat’s 100th voyage from Ushuaia to Valparaiso!

donovaneDonovane Tremor is a 27 year old professional photographer. He grew up as an island child, spending his life between the small island of St. Martin and Guadeloupe. He discovered his passion for photography at a young age, but pursued a Management and Marketing degree in Montreal and Guadeloupe. After graduation, he decided to follow his passion for photography, developing his specialization in landscape and architecture photography.  Most of his professional work focuses on the tourist economy between St. Martin, St. Barts and Anguilla.  He is enthusiastic about travel, specifically when he has the chance to discover new cultures from around the world. He is always ready for a new adventure!


Carol McDonnell Schmidt is a geographer working at CODEFF, the oldest environmental nonprofit organization in Chile. She works specifically with biodiversity, in the IBA (Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas) program, trying to assess the status of birds for a more specific approach at protection initiatives within the context of climate change. Birds are a very important indicator of the health status of an ecosystem, and ecosystem conservation is the goal of her organization.  CODEFF continues to collaborate with Peace Boat to raise awareness about important environmental issues affecting the region and to promote the campaign to declare Patagonia as a World Heritage Site recognized by UNESCO.  Carol will share her knowledge about the important work that CODEFF is doing to make a positive difference for Climate Action and Ocean Conservation throughout Chile.

hansierHansier Rodriguez is a Dominican-American young man. He spent the first 12 years of his life in his native country, the Dominican Republic, before moving to the United States, where he eventually became a citizen. He is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Public & Nonprofit Administration with a second concentration in International Affairs at Rutgers University in Newark, New Jersey. Hansier considers himself a change agent and a social justice activist as well as a global citizenship advocate. One of his long-term goals is to become a polyglot. His leadership model is inspired by the following quote, “the most powerful thing a leader can do is to empower others.” Hansier is enthusiastic, resilient, and a resourceful collaborator. His greatest attributes are his integrity and maturity, both of which are surpassed by his desire to succeed and live to his fullest potential. He prides himself on being organized, having an outgoing personality that’s full of energy, and maintaining a positive attitude, all while staying self-reflective. He hopes to continue to innovate his community through the rest of his college and professional career with his determination and perseverance. 

This post was created and published by Maddie Clevenstine and Maria Jdid (interns for Peace Boat US).

Introducing Our Hollins University January 2019 Interns


maria headshotMaria Jdid is an International Studies major on the premedical track at Hollins University in Roanoke, VA. She is from Syria and is passionate about the intersection between politics and medicine. Maria believes that an International Studies major is preliminary for an aspiring surgeon who wants to serve communities dealing with issues of equity. Maria has been heavily involved in Model United Nations and Model Arab League and will be serving as Co-President in the upcoming spring semester. In 2018, she was a staff member for American Model United Nations in Chicago, IL. In her free time, Maria likes to draw anatomical structures and read news articles. This January, Maria
is thrilled to be focusing her efforts within the
Peace Boat on the Sustainable Development Goals.


Harika Bommana is from Hyderabad, India. She is majoring in Communications and English with a concentration in creative writing at Hollins University in Roanoke, Virginia. Harika is passionate about activism and hopes to one day help raise awareness about issues regarding LGBTQ community, sexual assault, education and many more. She is looking forward to interacting with people from different backgrounds and cultures. In her free time, she likes to read and visit museums. She is excited to intern at Peace Boat and hopes to learn more about sustainability, human rights and peace.

maryMary Elisabeth Cochran is from Virginia Beach, VA and is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in International Studies and Spanish at Hollins University. Growing up with a father in the US Navy and in a city with a strong US Navy and NATO presence has greatly influenced how she has seen the world around her and created passion for international policy. After going to Hollins, she joined the Model Arab League team and has recently debated as a delegate on the Environmental Council. By working with Peace Boat, she hopes to gain a stronger understanding of NGO operations and the intricacies of environmental and social policy work, while focusing on peace and education.

picture1Shivani Karn is an international student from Nepal, currently studying Communication and International Studies at Hollins University in Virginia. She will be graduating in May 2020. Shivani has grown up in Nepal, Japan and India, along with recently spending a semester in South Africa as an exchange student. Shivani hopes to become a human rights lawyer with the UNHCR someday and wants to pursue Law after completing her undergraduate studies. Shivani is passionate about reading and will pick up any book on a political and historical topic. Shivani also enjoys traveling and being exposed to new cultures, and will grab any opportunity available to visit other countries.


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Maddie Clevenstine is a junior Gender and Women’s Studies major with a double minor in English and Art History at Hollins University. At Hollins, Maddie works as a tutor in the Writing Center, is the Head Editor of the University’s oldest literary magazine Cargoes and worked as a Student Success Leader her sophomore year. She is passionate about women’s health, education, and liberation. She is particularly passionate about the lives of LGBT+ women and wishes to spend her life working towards both the theory and praxis of liberation for all marginalized people. She is excited and honored to be interning at Peace Boat and can’t wait to learn more about how she can contribute to the goal of global peace. She believes everyone has the ability to impact positive global change.


This post was created and published by Maria Jdid

Peace Boat US speaks about Youth Education for the SDGS during the 62nd UN CSW Conference in March 2018

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.”

Mark Twain, “Innocents Abroad” 

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On March 13, Peace Boat US Director, Emilie McGlone, participated in a panel in a Parallel Event to the 62nd Session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW62). The panel, titled “Education for Sustainable Development: A Tool to Empower Rural Women and Girls” explored how education for sustainable lifestyles, human rights, gender equality, promotion of a culture of non-violence, and global citizenship can contribute to achieving peace and empowerment for all, and to improve dignity, respect and the overall living conditions for rural women and girls.


IMG_8501Moderated by Dr. Liberato Bautista, Assistant General Secretary for the United Nations and International Affairs of the General Board of Church and Society of the United Methodist Church, the four panel members discussed their respective organizations in regards to utilizing education for the SDGs as a tool for rural women and girls to achieve sustainable development in their local communities..

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LILY GRAY, Liaison Officer at UNESCO New York Office

“Traditional knowledge has been recognized as an important pillar of sustainable development.”

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is an ambitious, universal agenda, supported by all UN agencies, including the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to IMG_8507.JPGend poverty through sustainable development by the year 2030. To begin the panel discussion, Lily Gray, Liaison Officer at the UNESCO New York office, emphasized the importance of Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) as a key element of quality education and a crucial enabler for global development. Ms. Gray discussed previous as well as ongoing initiatives taken by UNESCO to achieve the 2030 Agenda including: the UN Decade of ESD (2005 – 2014), the Global Action Program for Sustainable Development (2014 – 2019), and the annual UNESCO-Japan Prize on ESD which awards 3 individuals or groups $50,000 for impressive projects related to Education for Sustainable Development.

In reference to the empowerment of rural women and girls, Ms. Gray stressed the importance of sharing and strengthening “traditional knowledge”, or knowledge developed and embedded within the cultural traditions of indigenous, or local communities.

EMILIE MCGLONE, Director of Peace Boat US, ICAN Member

“It is important to bring the SDGs into local communities and to learn from their traditional practices to see how we can work towards a more sustainable future together.”

IMG_8517.JPGEmilie McGlone, Director of Peace Boat US, presented on the organization and its mission. Addressing questions such as: How does Peace Boat contribute to global peace and sustainability ? How can we be socially and environmentally responsible travelers?  How can we measure local impact ? 

Touching on the work Peace Boat does regarding disaster relief, the United People’s Alliance, and the Hibakusha Project, Ms. McGlone stressed the need for global peace and education. Appealing directly to the theme of the panel, Ms. McGlone explained the International Student Program which aims to increase access to peace education and conflict resolution training for young people from post-conflict regions. unnamed-2In addition to peace-building and  training, the international students programs have a strong focus on the Untied Nations Sustainable Development Goals and learn directly from the communities they visit throughout their time traveling with Peace Boat. This experiential learning is integral to the success of Peace Boat and international education. The ship, Ocean Dream, serves as a flagship for the UN SDGs with the Global Goals logo painted on the hull of the ship, and continuously promotes the SDGs in local communities while employing traditional learning and teaching. “When we dock in port,” said Ms. McGlone, “we are not there to teach, but rather to learn from the communities we visit.”


“Friendship is an undervalued commodity in this world.”

IMG_8523.JPGThe Pan-Pacific & Southwest Asia Women’s Association, celebrating its 90th anniversary this year, is known to be the only international women’s organization devoted to families, peace and understanding in the Pacific and Southeast Asia. Akari Yamada, head of the USA sector of the organization, discussed the the first part of PPSEAWA’s mission, friendship, and how it is integrated into different programs globally. Focusing on three projects, though making clear that there are many more, Ms. Yamada explained the work being done in Fiji, Thailand, and Indonesia to empower and strengthen women. From leadership training for marginalized girls in Fiji to the mission to ensure equitable access to life-skills learning in Thailand and quality education in Indonesia, PPSEAWA recognizes that “when we educate a girl, we educate a village.” The notion of education for all, especially rural women and girls, is more important now more than ever.

SAIONARA KÖNIG-REIS, Representative to the UN and Head of NY Office, Dianova International

“Women have so many talents, and often times their ambitions are taken away by the roles imposed on them by their communities.”


Dianova International aims to implement advocacy initiatives to defend and promote a number of causes. Among these are gender equality and women’s empowerment in all areas. Ms. König-Reis focused two areas where Dionova International is implementing positive change: Chile and Nicaragua. In Chile, the organization is working to equip women to become teachers and role models. By emphasizing the need of capacity building and sustainability of programming, Dianova promotes women empowerment through teachings of an amalgamation of gender equality, peace, and citizenship.

In Nicaragua, Dianova is working to utilize basic facilities in rural areas for education purposes. In addition to empowerment, Dianova in Nicaragua aims to break gender norms, implement family involvement in SDG learning, teach basic life skills, and prevent teenage pregnancy among the rural youth.

While Ms. König-Reis had much to say regarding the work done by Dianova in South America, she ultimately let this video to do the talking.  Thank you to everyone who participated in the panel and we look forward to more partnerships towards reaching women and girls in rural areas with education for the SDGs.





This post was written Shelby Moulton, Intern
Rutgers University Division of Global Affairs

Peace Boat Interns Attend the 2018 ECOSOC Youth Forum


This week Peace Boat US interns took part in the 2018 ECOSOC Youth Forum. Interns Gin and Zeynep attended a Youth Forum Side Event titled “Leaving No One Behind: A Lens of Practices that Strengthen Inclusivity in Poverty Alleviation”. During this conference styled presentation, DPI NGO Youth Representatives and other panelists engaged in a heavy IMG_2139dialogue concerning the importance of youth involvement in the area of policy making and poverty relief at the grassroots level. Afterword, the interns made their way towards the SDG Media Zone where they were able to attend a live broadcast in which various speakers shared their passion for the UN SDGs and the important ramifications that they have globally. Interestingly, during the broadcast, a special new partnership between SONY and the UN had been unveiled by actress Meghan Boone.


Later in the week, Peace Boat US participated in the “Youth 4 Global Goals” event of the Youth Forum. The event was about the new game that AIESEC and UN Habitat have teamed up to launch together. The aim of this game is to raise awareness about SDGs and to demonstrate to the youth that anyone can contribute to the realization of the SDGs. The game revolves around all SDGs and their relation to SDG 11. The main mission is to create better cities while fighting typical urban challenges along the way. #UrbanAction

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This post was written by Gin Sanchez, Intern

Rutgers University Division of Global Affairs


Review of Climate Week NYC

Climate Week in New York City brings together businesses, social enterprises and non-governmental organizations to work together on creating a world in support of the United Nations’ 2030 Global Goals for Sustainable Development. This year, Peace Boat attended several of these events held from September 19-25, and hosted one called “Sailing for Sustainability and Climate Action” to present its Ecoship Project. In addition, Peace Boat  attended the Sustainable Investment Forum, the Social Good Summit, and the International Conference on Sustainable Development during this week.

Social Good Summit

The Social Good Summit is a two-day conference examining the impact of technology and new media on social good initiatives around the world. Held annually during UNGA Week, the Social Good Summit unites a dynamic community of global leaders and grassroots activists to discuss solutions for the greatest challenges of our time. Our theme, #2030NOW, asks the question, “What type of world do I want to live in by the year 2030?” During the Social Good Summit, global citizens around the world unite to unlock the potential of technology to make the world a better place.– Social Good Summit website


Social Good Summit Digital Media Lounge

For more than 30 years, Peace Boat has been working for the social good, fostering global citizenship, and carrying out activities that are embodied in the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, so Peace Boat US’ presence at the Social Good Summit in New York City on September18-19, 2016 was a natural fit.

The Social Good Summit brought together inventors, artists, activists,  youth, and UN leaders, and featured an incredible line-up of speakers that included Vice President Joe Biden, actors Alec Baldwin and Michelle Yeoh, and singers Demi Lovato and  Cody Simpson.


Cody Simpson, Singer; Emilie McGlone, Peace Boat US Director

In addition to being a singer, Cody Simpson is a surfer whose strong connection to the ocean has made him a voice for ocean preservation—a topic that is also of great importance to Peace Boat as it sails around the world. Cody spoke about fuel alternatives that would be better for the environment, and expressed interest in Peace Boat’s Ecoship Project, which is aiming to build the world’s most sustainable cruise ship and reduce carbon emissions by a whopping 40 percent.

At the Summit, underwater photojournalist Brian Skerry, whose work is featured often in National Geographic magazine, also spoke passionately about our oceans and climate. He focused on the damage caused to ecosystems from overfishing, and proposed the concept of fish farming instead. We should go from being a gatherer under the sea to being a farmer under the sea, he said.  Alec Baldwin talked about indigenous peoples, forests and climate change. Tropical forests are essential to fighting climate change, and we should invest in the people who are protecting the forest, he emphasized.

2030nowPeace Boat US looks forward to continuing to work with other organizations and individuals throughout the world toward global sustainability—especially with those who hold strong visions for positive solutions as represented at the Social Good Summit.




International Conference on Sustainable Development 2016


Andrew Holness, Prime Minister of Jamaica

As an international organization that strongly supports the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the goal of ending poverty worldwide, Peace Boat took a special interest in the fourth annual International Conference on Sustainable Development held at Columbia University in New York City on September 21-22, 2016. Keynote speakers at the conference included Andrew Holness, the Prime Minister of Jamaica; Erna Solberg, Prime Minister of Norway;  and Jeffrey Sachs,  Director of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network.  With a focus on how to end poverty, the conference included panel discussions on the SDGs and how they related to the private sector, youth involvement in solutions, and data.

Prime Minister Holness spoke about his goal to end poverty not only in Jamaica, but also in the larger world.  Though not everyone believes this can be accomplished, nor does


Jeffrey Sachs, Director of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network

everyone believe in the SDGs, he stated, everyone wants to develop into something better.  This aim and desire for something better is the power we need to use to effect change, he asserted. Jeffrey Sachs spoke about the ethics of politics, and where countries should place their focus.  Currently, the United States is spending millions of dollars on war in other countries, he pointed out, while this money should be spent on education instead. By focusing attention and funds on education, we could teach more about the SDGs and make a significant difference.


Erna Solberg, Prime Minister of Norway

Prime Minister Solberg talked about her work for the SDGs, and how she was chosen by the UN Secretary General to lead the working group for the SDGs because of how Norway operates.  Our current young generation is the last generation that will be able to eradicate poverty from the world, she emphasized, and it is therefore important for youth to learn more about sustainability in order to be able to reach the SDGs.

The panels at the conference focused on different approaches to reach the SDGs, such as through the involvement of the private sector, youth, and effective use of data.  Various participants were invited to show what their company is doing to address climate change and poverty.


Panel discussing different approaches to reach the SDGs through involvement of the private sector

It is important to work towards the SDGs, but it will be hard to reach these essential goals for global sustainability if most people in the world are not aware of them. Therefore, Peace Boat encourages youth to travel to Latin America in the summer of 2017 with Peace Boat to learn directly about the SDGs as part of a special study program. To see the full itinerary of the Peace Boat voyage in which the program will take place, visit: http://peaceboat.org/english/index.php?page=view&nr=122&type=4&menu=64


Sailing for Sustainability and Climate Action


Jon Bruno, Executive Director of the International Ecotourism Society (TIES)

How can world leaders and decision-makers understand the fear that people living in small island countries face regarding the effects of climate change–and how can they viscerally understand the need to take urgent action–when global discussions about the problem take place in comfortable hotels in cities like Paris, far removed from the realities of those on the frontlines?  This was the question posed by Peace Boat Director Yoshioka Tatsuya at an event called “Sailing for Sustainability and Climate Action” held on September 22 as part of Climate Week New York City. Climate Week is an international event that gathers business and government leaders together to demonstrate how continued investment in innovation, technology and clean energy will drive profitability and lead toward net zero emissions.


Yoshioka Tatsuya, Founder and Director of Peace Boat

At the event, Yoshioka spoke about how Peace Boat is currently developing the world’s most sustainable cruise ship—a project that will decrease the vessel’s CO2 emissions by an astonishing 40 percent through the use of wind and solar energy.  This Ecoship will also feature vertical gardens, a zero waste water system, and other innovative features. Peace Boat’s aim in building the ship is to not only offer a solution to climate change and set a high new standard in the shipping industry, but to take thousands of people around the world every year to places that are directly feeling the effects of rising sea levels and other consequences of climate change.  This will give people a much better understanding of the urgency of the problem, and of the need to help find solutions with those who are most affected.


Ambassador Ahmed Sareer of the Permanent Mission of the Maldives Republic to the United Nations speaks about the effects of climate change on island states. 

Peace Boat was joined at the event by Ambassador Ahmed Sareer of the Permanent Mission of the Maldives Republic to the United Nations, who emphasized the importance of taking action on climate change.  Wanjira Mathai, Chair of the Board of the Green Belt Movement, highlighted the important role that Peace Boat plays in providing education and experiential learning opportunities to young people, noting that Peace Boat has given people the opportunity to help plant trees in Kenya and learn from Green Belt Movement members about reforestation and other issues. John Bruno of the International Ecotourism Society noted that Peace Boat’s plan of reducing emission by 40 percent is truly groundbreaking, considering other companies and organizations generally aim for cuts of 2 percent. Margo LaZaro of the NGO Committee on Sustainable Development expressed the importance of forming partnerships to reach the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and lauded Peace Boat’s plan to use the Ecoship as a flagship to sail for the SDGs.  Clayton Banks of


Clayton Banks, Founder of Silicon Harlem

Silicon Harlem spoke of the need to provide young people greater access to the technology they need in order to succeed in education, and noted that Silicon Harlem and Peace Boat have the shared goal of giving people access to the technology and opportunities they need to reach their fullest potential. “We are all united in this,” he emphasized.

The speakers also agreed that being on a ship in the middle of the ocean is akin to our experience here on Earth—just as one cannot simply leave the ship when waste builds up or suddenly find new resources while at sea, human beings cannot simply exit the Earth to leave behind our devastation or to seek out new solutions. We must be aware of our existing environment and work together to find solutions to keeping it sustainable. Creating and expanding partnerships with governments, the private sector, schools, and civil society organizations is the key to making this happen, they concluded.


Yoshioka Tatsuya, Peace Boat Founder and Director; Margo LaZaro, Co-Chair, NGO Committee on Sustainable Development-NY; Jon Bruno, Executive Director of The International Ecotourism Society (TIES); Emilie McGlone, Peace Boat US Director

Peace Boat is aiming for its Ecoship to sail in 2020, and experts from various fields have already met and created the ship’s design. To contribute ideas to the project, including on how to fund the ship’s construction, contact Peace Boat.  No idea is too big or small for consideration.


Wanjira Mathai, Chair of the Board of The Green Belt Movement speaks about empowering communities to take action for climate change.



This post was created by and published Cecilie Barmoen (Intern from Peace Boat US)