Past Projects and Campaigns
Conflict Prevention and Peacebuilding
!NO AL ALCA!

The Free Trade Area of the Americas (ALCA in Spanish) plans to impose on the Latin American continent a set of rules that will facilitate access to its natural resources. This will expose the continent to indiscriminate degradation, leading to the destruction of its wealth in biodiversity, minerals, oil and water, and endangering the survival of local cultures.

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Colombian Women Consensus for Peace: supporting the role of women in the conflict prevention and resolution

After meeting for the first time on Peace Boat in 2001, a group of Colombian women coming from different political backgrounds and experiences of the Colombian conflict, created the "Women's Consensus for Peace". The group has been mandated to organise the Colombian Chapter of the Court of Women held in 2004.

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Food security and environmental recovery for the Arroyo de Piedra Community (Cartagena-Colombia)

Since Peace Boat's first visit to Colombia in 2002, we have been cooperating with the local environmental group Kontiki and the network of afro-descendant communities, Jorge Artel, in the development of an integrated coastal area plan for the village of Arroyo de Piedra.

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Disarmament and Nuclear Abolition
International Commission on Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament (ICNND)

Through the appointment of Executive Committee member Kawasaki Akira as NGO Advisor for the ICNND, Peace Boat has been closely following the work of the Commission, participating in meetings and discussions, and making the link with international civil society. It has provided Peace Boat a firm basis for education and advocacy on nuclear weapons abolition, disarmament and human security.

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World Campaign against French nuclear testing in the Pacific

France resumed nuclear testing in the Pacific in 1995 and continued until early 1996. Demanding an immediate end to the tests, Peace Boat held protests outside French Embassies in many of the ports of call on our voyages. A photo exhibition of Hibakusha (survivors of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings) and other victims of radiation was held throughout the world.

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Humanitarian Support and Disaster Relief
Peace and Human Rights
Extradite Fujimori to Peru!

Peruvian former-President Alberto Fujimori has been living in Japan since fleeing Peru in 2000, despite demands by the Peruvian government that he be extradited to face charges including crimes against humanity and murder. Arguing that the Japanese government's actions in sheltering Fujimori raise serious doubts about its commitment to human rights and accountability, Peace Boat has been calling for his extradition.

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Judicial Cooperation Project - Eritrea

Working towards the development of the new legal system in Eritrea, Africas newest country, the law faculty of Asmara University and Peace Boat began co-operation towards increasing the resources in the legal library of the university. Knowledge exchanges between young Eritrean and Japanese lawyers were also initiated.

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No War/Occupation in Iraq

As a member of Japan-based coalition World Peace Now and part of the Global Anti-War Assembly developed through the World Social Forum network, Peace Boat campaigned at a national and international level against the US-led invasion and subsequent occupation of Iraq. Peace Boat also initiated a fundraising campaign in Japan with the objective of providing medical and related equipment to support the people of Fallujah, one of the Iraqi cities most devastated by the US-led attacks.

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Olympic Truce Campaign

Ekecheiria (Olympic Truce) is the ancient Greek tradition of calling a cease-fire from all hostilities for the duration of the original Olympic Games. Under the slogan "From Fires of War to Flames of Peace," Peace Boat campaigned for the renewal of an Olympic Truce for the Athens Games, carrying a flame lit from the memorials at Hiroshima and Nagasaki to Greece onboard the ship.

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Sustainability
Kyoto Protocol Support Campaign

At the end of 1997, 160 nations met in Kyoto to agree to limit their greenhouse gas emissions. In spite of the dramatic effects of climate change - one of them being the increase of the ocean level in the South Pacific - Japan did not ratify the protocol until 2002. Peace Boat carried out a series of activities towards its ratification.

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Mangrove Project

Assisting in local mangrove planting projects in Eritrea and Colombia to support the global environment and sustainable economic development programs for local communities.

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Organic Agricultural Project

Growing rice, wheat and other crops in Japan using organic practices for consumption onboard Peace Boat, this project aims to raise awareness of sustainable agriculture and provide a hands-on education in organic farming for volunteers.

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Patagonia, Human Heritage campaign, No to ALUMYSA

For many years, Codeff - Friends of the Earth Chile - has been fighting against the Canadian firm, Alumysa, and its plan to build a aluminium industrial complex in one of the most pristine areas of the world. During last visit to Puerto Montt and Valparaiso, Peace Boat joined the "Patagonia, Human Heritage" campaign.

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Peace Boat Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) Campaign

Peace Boat has long been involved in local and global initiatives to eradicate poverty in the world - particularly in recent years towards the realization of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Notably, in 2009, Peace Boat launched its MDGs Campaign, in partnership with the United Nations Millennium Campaign (UNMC) and the Global Call to Action Against Poverty (GCAP-Japan) to raise awareness about the MDGs and the role of civil society in achieving these goals, carrying out MDGs Training Program designed to develop an understanding of the challenges faced in eradicating poverty and promote activism for achieving the MDGs, and inviting students and young activists from Africa and Latin America to discuss development issues onboard. Symbolizing the strength of the collaboration between Peace Boat and the United Nations, the UNMC's logo "End Poverty 2015" is painted on the body of the Peace Boat's vessel.

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World Summit for Sustainable Development, 2002

In 2002, 10 years after the Earth Summit in Rio, Johannesburg was host of the WSSD, the UN conference intended to check the progress of the Agenda 21 decided in Rio. Peace Boat's delegation sought to stress the importance of peace as a pre-condition for sustainability.

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