2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

History of Cooperation with the UN

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. The 92nd Voyage marked the first Peace Boat global voyage dedicated to raising awareness for the SDGs.

What are the SDGs?

The SDGs consist of 17 aspirational Global Goals and 169 targets

1 No Poverty - End poverty in all its forms everywhere
2 Zero Hunger - End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture
3 Good Health and Well-being - Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages
4 Quality Education - Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all
5 Gender Equality - Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls
6 Clean Water and Sanitation - Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all
7 Affordable and Clean Energy - Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all
8 Decent Work and Economic Growth - Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all
9 Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure - Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation
10 Reduced Inequalities - Reduce income inequality within and among countries
11 Sustainable Cities and Communities - Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable
12 Responsible Consumption and Production - Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns
13 Climate Action - Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts by regulating emissions and promoting developments in renewable energy
14 Life Below Water - Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development
15 Life on Land - Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss
16 Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions - Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels
17 Partnerships for the Goals - Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development

The SDGs were adopted in September 2015 by the 193 countries of the UN General Assembly. The goals, their targets and indicators of achievement were drafted by a UN Working Group in consultation with hundreds of civil society organisations worldwide. Intended to address the perceived shortcomings of the Millenium Development Goals, the SDGs were designed to be more specific, attainable, inclusive and participatory than their predecessors.

Peace Boat and the SDGs

For over 30 years, Peace Boat has been committed to advocating and creating opportunities for dialogue for conflict mitigation and cooperation for sustainable development among individuals and communities. Peace Boat has long supported: efforts to improve access to education in developing nations (SDG4); endeavours to improve community resilience as part of an overall disaster risk reduction strategy, in partnership with the UNISDR's making Cities Resilient campaign (SDG11); and, activities to address the most pressing environmental issues (SDG7, 13,14, and 15). By supporting the SDGs, Peace Boat renews it's commitment to addressing these and other global challenges in cooperation with its global network of partner organisations and the UN.

The Ship as a Tool for Awareness Building

A floating community that literally travels the world, Peace Boat is a mobile space for discussion and awareness raising. As a messenger for the Global Goals, Peace Boat aims to continue to spread the message of international cooperation for sustainable development by organising programs onboard and in its various ports of call which call attention to the challenges faced by local communities. Capitalising on its international network and partnerships, Peace Boat aims to be travelling showcase of the good practices of NGOs around the world thereby spreading powerful ideas for sustainable development and inclusive growth.

Education for Sustainable Development

Peace Boat believes that SDG4, ensuring inclusive and quality education for all and promoting lifelong learning, is a key challenge: Making progress in the context of this sole goal would empower people with the tools needed to achieve all other goals. This is why Peace Boat's action-oriented onboard education programs have been aligned with the SDGs, focusing on human security challenges and ways in which they can be overcome. Addressing the issues of climate change, energy use, responsible consumption and production, the link between environmental degradation and conflict, food security, behavioural change, interfaith dialogue and peace-building as well as disarmament, among other topics, Peace Boat's education programs offer theoretical knowledge, grounded in real-world experiences. These make take the form of first hand accounts or lectures by renown guest educators, or in-port visits to local NGOs or community groups, as well as onboard academic programmes such as Peace Boat's International Students Programs or Global University program.

Through its educational programs, Peace Boat aims to empower everyone it encounters to use knowledge as a tool to build solutions to global problems with empathy and passion.

Sailing for Sustainability: Ecoship

Beyond campaigning for the SDGs and spreading the message of sustainability, Peace Boat itself aims to be a model of sustainability. In support of SDG 13, taking climate action to combat climate change and its impacts, Peace Boat has embarked on the ambitious project of building the Ecoship, the world's most environmentally responsible cruise liner.
The concept of Ecoship represents a radical shift in the way we address our energy needs Unlike even the current best in market, the Ecoship aims to meet its core hotel and propulsion energy needs with renewable energy, including 10 solar panel-covered masts and a future-ready engine able to adapt to bio-fuels and using LNG as a top-up energy source. A closed-loop water use system will ensure that waste water is reused, purified and re-purposed, along with rain and seawater, for irrigating the onboard garden. The garden will feature plants from around the world and will be fed by rainwater and organic waste and provide fresh air, beauty, comfort and produce that the whole ship can enjoy. The Ecoship will redefine clean promising zero water discharge, zero NOx and SOx emissions, a 40% reduction in CO2 emissions, and no sea dumping.

In addition, the ship design, with its iconic hull, inspired by the humpback whale, and its unmistakable solar panel-covered sail masts, will be a highly visible demonstration of sustainability in action in every port that it visits.
To introduce this groundbreaking project to the world, and in support of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a Floating Festival for Sustainability was held onboard in partnership with the United Nations Department of Public Information (DPI) when the ship docked in New York in October 2016.

Partnerships for the Global Goals

As a partner of the Global Goals campaign, Peace Boat is committed to using its wide reach and strong relationships with international civil society organisations to build stronger partnerships for the attainment of the SDGs. In line with SDG17, Peace Boat calls upon public, private and civil society actors to share our vision of a more equitable and sustainable global community, with people and the planet at its centre, and to work with us to make the Global Goals a reality.