Ongoing Projects and Campaigns - by Region
Peace Boat carries out projects and campaigns in the following regions. Click for listing.

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Africa
Asia-Pacific
Abolish Foreign Military Bases

Peace Boat is very committed to the issue of the abolition of foreign military bases. In Japan, it is a key supporter of US for Okinawa, a peace action network based in Tokyo formed by citizens from US, Japan and elsewhere living in Japan who are concerned about the presence of US bases in Okinawa and the danger that the US Futenma Air Base poses to the people of Okinawa. At the international level, Peace Boat held a conference in Ecuador on the issue in 2009.

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Global Partnership for the Prevention for Armed Conflict (GPPAC)

Peace Boat is a founding member of the Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict (GPPAC) and since its official launch in 2005 has since acted as Regional Secretariat for GPPAC in Northeast Asia. GPPAC is a worldwide civil society-led network dedicated to building a new international consensus on peacebuilding and the prevention of violent conflict, with a strong focus on peace education. Peace Boat holds and participates in regular regional meetings focusing on issues such as the Six Party Talks and nuclear free zones, as well as Asia Pacific Forums to increase broader regional cooperation.

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Peace Boat Mine Abolition Campaign (P-MAC)

Peace Boat's P-MAC Campaign runs landmine education programs, combining workshops at schools in Japan and educational study tours to Cambodia. In addition to fundraising for landmine clearance, building schools in affected areas and assistance to landmine victims, P-MAC encourages Peace Boat's participants to learn and experience firsthand how landmines affect people on an individual level, and about the global efforts to ban and remove landmines.

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Europe
Japan and Northeast Asia
Abolish Foreign Military Bases

Peace Boat is very committed to the issue of the abolition of foreign military bases. In Japan, it is a key supporter of US for Okinawa, a peace action network based in Tokyo formed by citizens from US, Japan and elsewhere living in Japan who are concerned about the presence of US bases in Okinawa and the danger that the US Futenma Air Base poses to the people of Okinawa. At the international level, Peace Boat held a conference in Ecuador on the issue in 2009.

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Fair Trade

The Fair Trade project directly supports our partner NGOs' efforts to sell locally produced textiles, food products and other goods for a fair price by using the ship as a retail space. Onboard and on land, participants learn about fair trade as an alternative economic model. Revenue earned from selling goods to Peace Boat at fair prices supports the sustainability of our counter-partners' main activities, whether working on environmental issues, independence, development for women or other issues.

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Global Article 9 Campaign

Article 9 of the Japanese Constitution renounces war as a means of settling international disputes and prohibits the maintenance of armed forces and other war potential. In light of the Japanese government's pressure to amend it, Peace Boat together with the Japan Lawyers' International Solidarity Association (JALISA), launched the Global Article 9 Campaign to Abolish War in 2005. The Campaign strives not only to protect Article 9 locally, but also to build an international movement supporting Article 9 as the shared property of the world, calling for a global peace that does not rely on force. Peace Boat serves as the Secretariat of the campaign.

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Global Partnership for the Prevention for Armed Conflict (GPPAC)

Peace Boat is a founding member of the Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict (GPPAC) and since its official launch in 2005 has since acted as Regional Secretariat for GPPAC in Northeast Asia. GPPAC is a worldwide civil society-led network dedicated to building a new international consensus on peacebuilding and the prevention of violent conflict, with a strong focus on peace education. Peace Boat holds and participates in regular regional meetings focusing on issues such as the Six Party Talks and nuclear free zones, as well as Asia Pacific Forums to increase broader regional cooperation.

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Global Voyage for a Nuclear Free World - Peace Boat Hibakusha Project

Peace Boat's Hibakusha Project seeks to raise awareness about the danger of nuclear weapons and foster public support for nuclear disarmament. Launched in 2008, the project consists of inviting Hibakusha (survivors of the atomic bombing in Hiroshima and Nagasaki) to participate in around-the-world voyages to share their tragic experiences, educate people and youth in particular about the human costs of nuclear weapons and call for their abolition. Over 150 Hibakusha have participated in this project to date.

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Korea-Japan Relations

Peace Boat calls for the normalization of Japan-DPRK (North Korea) relations, and promotes dialogue on the question of history and reconciliation. Through the organization of peace education voyages to the DPRK, Peace Boat seeks to encourage grassroots level interaction and understanding on issues ranging from Japan-Korea history, war responsibility and reconciliation, as well as the creation of a Northeast Asia Nuclear-Free Zone. Since 2005, Peace Boat and the Green Foundation of Korea have organized regional voyages and programs focusing on building links between the peoples of Korea and Japan in order to contribute to building a peaceful and sustainable future for East Asia. In addition, Peace Boat aims to provide humanitarian support for the people of the DPRK through public fundraising campaigns in collaboration with Korean-based NGOs.

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Northeast Asia Regional Peacebuilding Institute (NARPI)

Peace Boat is a founding steering committee member of the Northeast Asia Regional Peacebuilding Institute (NARPI). This is a place of (re)training for community leaders, students, NGO activists, professionals, scholars, religious leaders and government officials who are interested in deepening their theoretical knowledge of peace and conflict or sharpening their practical peacebuilding skills.

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Peace and Green Boat Voyages

Peace Boat is working with the Green Foundation, Korea's largest environmental group, to organize Peace and Green Boat Voyages that focus on sustainable lifestyles and address regional environmental issues. Among them figure for instance the environmental impact of the presence of US military bases in Okinawa, the threat posed by the nuclear chain including the Rokkasho reprocessing facility and nuclear power plants in Japan, Korea and Taiwan, as well as the danger posed to wildlife and bird preservation by wetland reclamation and development projects on the Korean peninsula.

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Peace Boat Disaster Relief Volunteer Centre

As part of our wider peace-building activities, Peace Boat has carried out emergency relief operations for the past 18 years, delivering emergency assistance and raising funds, as well as coordinating the dispatch of experienced logisticians, interpreters and volunteer teams to affected areas all over the world.

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Peace Boat Mine Abolition Campaign (P-MAC)

Peace Boat's P-MAC Campaign runs landmine education programs, combining workshops at schools in Japan and educational study tours to Cambodia. In addition to fundraising for landmine clearance, building schools in affected areas and assistance to landmine victims, P-MAC encourages Peace Boat's participants to learn and experience firsthand how landmines affect people on an individual level, and about the global efforts to ban and remove landmines.

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Reconciliation and Understanding in Northeast Asia

Japan has failed to atone for the country's past military aggression in Asia-Pacific, its colonization and military invasions of neighboring countries and the human rights abuses and war crimes committed in this period. Thus, the teaching of history in this region is intensely politicized and divisive. To overcome these issues, Peace Boat works to examine differences in understanding history in Northeast Asia, through involvement in projects including the creation of a common history textbook for Northeast Asia, support for former Japanese military sexual slaves ("Comfort Women") and raising awareness about the issue of Yasukuni Shrine.

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Latin America & The Caribbean
Abolish Foreign Military Bases

Peace Boat is very committed to the issue of the abolition of foreign military bases. In Japan, it is a key supporter of US for Okinawa, a peace action network based in Tokyo formed by citizens from US, Japan and elsewhere living in Japan who are concerned about the presence of US bases in Okinawa and the danger that the US Futenma Air Base poses to the people of Okinawa. At the international level, Peace Boat held a conference in Ecuador on the issue in 2009.

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El Sistema Global Campaign

Since 2007, Peace Boat has been working with the Venezuelan youth orchestra system known as ?gEl Sistema,?h inviting young musicians onboard its ship and bringing musical instruments to Venezuela. So far, more than 50 young musicians have traveled with us, and we have delivered more than 300 musical instruments to the El Sistema program. During our visits to Venezuela, Peace Boat participants join cultural exchange programs with the young people of the orchestra, and learn about the achievements of this national music system and the social role that music plays for the youth of Venezuela. El Sistema Global Campaign was formed in 2012 to promote this music education program and its social reach in the countries visited by Peace Boat.

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Galapagos Forest Revitalization Project

Due to rapid development and introduced species brought in by settlers, the precious nature of the Galapagos Islands - the "islands of evolution" - are under threat. Since 2007, Peace Boat has been working together with the Charles Darwin Foundation and photographer Fujiwara Koichi on a project to plant native species such as Scalesia.

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Patagonia Project

In close collaboration with CODEFF, one of Chile's oldest environmental organizations, Peace Boat is working to raise awareness about a controversial hydro-electric project that threatens to do ecological damage to the Aysen region, whose diverse wildlife and other biological and geographical features are already endangered by development and resource exploitation. Peace Boat has lent its voice to the call to register Patagonia as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and helps fundraise for environmental activities in Chile.

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Middle East
Horizon 2012: Sailing in the Same Boat Toward a Nuclear Weapon-Free Zone in the Middle East

Horizon 2012 is a creative and comprehensive program of multi-track strategy-building, advocacy and diplomacy in the Middle East that seeks to build upon the decision by the 2010 NPT Review Conference to convene an international conference in 2012 on the establishment of a Middle East zone free of nuclear weapons and all other weapons of mass destruction, through building confidence and understanding within the region of the value of such a conference and the concrete possibilities and benefits offered by a future Middle East Zone Free of Nuclear Weapons and All Other Weapons of Mass Destruction (MENWMDFZ).

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Fair Trade

The Fair Trade project directly supports our partner NGOs' efforts to sell locally produced textiles, food products and other goods for a fair price by using the ship as a retail space. Onboard and on land, participants learn about fair trade as an alternative economic model. Revenue earned from selling goods to Peace Boat at fair prices supports the sustainability of our counter-partners' main activities, whether working on environmental issues, independence, development for women or other issues.

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Peace for Palestine and Israel: End the Occupation - Peace through Dialogue

Peace Boat actively supports work towards a peaceful resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, recognizing that both Palestinians and Israelis deserve to live in peace, security and justice. However, peace cannot be achieved without an end to the Occupation of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. Activities include an onboard scholarship program for Israeli and Palestinian students, study visits to Palestine and Israel, support through fair trade projects, and advocacy work in Japan.

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North America
Worldwide
2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

Having supported the United Nations (UN) Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) Campaign since 2009, bearing the campaign's logo on the sides of the ship, Peace Boat has renewed its commitment to building a more equitable and sustainable world by pledging its support for the UN's 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, otherwise known as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

As a committed campaigner for the SDGs, Peace Boat proudly unveiled the vibrant SDGs logo on its hull during the departure ceremony of the 92nd Global Voyage in Yokohama, Japan on August 18, 2016.

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Abolish Foreign Military Bases

Peace Boat is very committed to the issue of the abolition of foreign military bases. In Japan, it is a key supporter of US for Okinawa, a peace action network based in Tokyo formed by citizens from US, Japan and elsewhere living in Japan who are concerned about the presence of US bases in Okinawa and the danger that the US Futenma Air Base poses to the people of Okinawa. At the international level, Peace Boat held a conference in Ecuador on the issue in 2009.

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Disarmament for Development

Peace Boat's Disarmament for Development education and advocacy campaign is based on the much-neglected Article 26 of the UN Charter that calls for the establishment of a system of regulation of armaments with the least diversion of the world human and economic resources for armaments in order to promote the establishment and maintenance of international peace and security. Through the participation in and organization of public events, conferences and workshops, Peace Boat educates people on the impact that a shift in the allocation of resources would have, namely a decrease of military expenditures and the reallocation of funds to eradicate poverty and invest in sustainable development and human security.

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El Sistema Global Campaign

Since 2007, Peace Boat has been working with the Venezuelan youth orchestra system known as ?gEl Sistema,?h inviting young musicians onboard its ship and bringing musical instruments to Venezuela. So far, more than 50 young musicians have traveled with us, and we have delivered more than 300 musical instruments to the El Sistema program. During our visits to Venezuela, Peace Boat participants join cultural exchange programs with the young people of the orchestra, and learn about the achievements of this national music system and the social role that music plays for the youth of Venezuela. El Sistema Global Campaign was formed in 2012 to promote this music education program and its social reach in the countries visited by Peace Boat.

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Fair Trade

The Fair Trade project directly supports our partner NGOs' efforts to sell locally produced textiles, food products and other goods for a fair price by using the ship as a retail space. Onboard and on land, participants learn about fair trade as an alternative economic model. Revenue earned from selling goods to Peace Boat at fair prices supports the sustainability of our counter-partners' main activities, whether working on environmental issues, independence, development for women or other issues.

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Global Article 9 Campaign

Article 9 of the Japanese Constitution renounces war as a means of settling international disputes and prohibits the maintenance of armed forces and other war potential. In light of the Japanese government's pressure to amend it, Peace Boat together with the Japan Lawyers' International Solidarity Association (JALISA), launched the Global Article 9 Campaign to Abolish War in 2005. The Campaign strives not only to protect Article 9 locally, but also to build an international movement supporting Article 9 as the shared property of the world, calling for a global peace that does not rely on force. Peace Boat serves as the Secretariat of the campaign.

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Global Partnership for the Prevention for Armed Conflict (GPPAC)

Peace Boat is a founding member of the Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict (GPPAC) and since its official launch in 2005 has since acted as Regional Secretariat for GPPAC in Northeast Asia. GPPAC is a worldwide civil society-led network dedicated to building a new international consensus on peacebuilding and the prevention of violent conflict, with a strong focus on peace education. Peace Boat holds and participates in regular regional meetings focusing on issues such as the Six Party Talks and nuclear free zones, as well as Asia Pacific Forums to increase broader regional cooperation.

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Global Voyage for a Nuclear Free World - Peace Boat Hibakusha Project

Peace Boat's Hibakusha Project seeks to raise awareness about the danger of nuclear weapons and foster public support for nuclear disarmament. Launched in 2008, the project consists of inviting Hibakusha (survivors of the atomic bombing in Hiroshima and Nagasaki) to participate in around-the-world voyages to share their tragic experiences, educate people and youth in particular about the human costs of nuclear weapons and call for their abolition. Over 150 Hibakusha have participated in this project to date.

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International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN)

The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) is a global campaign coalition working to mobilize people in all countries to inspire, persuade and pressure their governments to initiate and support negotiations for a treaty banning nuclear weapons. Peace Boat has been involved with ICAN since 2009, playing a key role in coordinating the campaign within Japanese groups and the public, as well as internationally.

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International Campaign to Stop Rape & Gender Violence in Conflict

Peace Boat is a member of the International Campaign to Stop Rape & Gender Violence, launched in May 2012 to demand urgent and bold political leadership to prevent rape in conflict, to protect civilians and rape survivors, and call for justice for all, including effective prosecution of those responsible.

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Nuclear Power Free World

Peace Boat has for many years campaigned on nuclear related issues, both for the abolition of nuclear weapons and also nuclear power. Since March 2011 Peace Boat has been particularly working on relief and advocacy related to the nuclear disaster which took place after the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami. This work has been at the local and global level and has included the Global Conference for a Nuclear Free World, bringing the "Voices of Fukushima" to the world and the Fukushima Youth Ambassador Project

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Peace Boat Mine Abolition Campaign (P-MAC)

Peace Boat's P-MAC Campaign runs landmine education programs, combining workshops at schools in Japan and educational study tours to Cambodia. In addition to fundraising for landmine clearance, building schools in affected areas and assistance to landmine victims, P-MAC encourages Peace Boat's participants to learn and experience firsthand how landmines affect people on an individual level, and about the global efforts to ban and remove landmines.

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Peace Through Sports (Peace Ball)

Through friendly soccer matches between Peace Boat participants and teams from local communities, the Peace Ball project utilizes the positive power of the world's most popular sport to foster friendship across cultural and language barriers. Before departing on a global voyage, Peace Ball participants gather soccer balls and related supplies for donation in some of the communities Peace Boat visits.

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Peace Through the Arts

Art is a powerful medium to communicate the theme of peace where people do not share a common language. Focusing on dance, song and performance, Peace Boat's arts team comprises participants who devote much of their time onboard and in port to practicing a variety of performances that often convey messages with themes of unity and peace, both for and with their local audiences. Projects to date have included performances on the "UNESCO Manifesto 2000" pledges and the Millennium Development Goals.

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Soap by Sea: A Peace Boat & LUSH Partnership for Public Health

Since 2014, Peace Boat has collaborated with the fresh handmade cosmetics retailer Lush to deliver cosmetic supplies such as soap and shampoo to communities around the world. The "Soap by Sea: A Peace Boat & LUSH Partnership for Public Health" Project was launched on Peace Boat's 83rd Global Voyage, which departed from Japan in March 2014.

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Support Goods for Sustainability: United People's Alliance

The United People's Alliance (UPA) team gathers computers, school supplies, bikes and other support goods from across Japan. Contributions reflect the actual needs of local communities, as determined through consultation with Peace Boat's partner organizations, and UPA members personally deliver the goods. Together we are implementing sustainability projects in 15-20 countries around the world.

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