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Sep 22, 2015 - Peace Boat joins Observation of the International Day of Peace and the United Nations 70th Anniversary at the UN Headquarters
Peace Boat International Coordinator Juan Carlos Uribe presents during the observation of the International Day of Peace at the UN
On Monday, September 21, Peace Boat joined the NGO Committee on Sustainable Development (NGOCSD) to the United Nations to observe the International Day of Peace and the United Nations 70th Anniversary at the UN Headquarters in New York. With member-states coming together later this week to adopt the post-2015 development agenda, the event focused on the interdependence between peace and development, as envisioned in the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, including Goal 16 with its mandate to "promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels."

H.E. Mr. Mogens Lykketoft, President of the 70th UN General Assembly, followed by the Ambassadors of Denmark and the Republic of Korea, highlighted the important role of NGOs and civil society in the process leading to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and the inclusive and bottom-up framework that was created as a result. They prompted NGOs to make use of this framework, which includes means for implementation, and to continue working with member-states as the negotiating process to set key indicators to measure the progress towards these goals continues through out this year.

The event was also an opportunity for the NGOCSD to launch its new Partnership Alliance for Peace Education: Building Cultures of Peace for Sustainable Communities, Globally. Representatives from several organisations working on peace education, youth empowerment and sustainability, including Peace Boat, gave addresses introducing their work and the importance of peace education, youth leadership, global citizenship and international cooperation in order to transform communities.

Peace Boat International Coordinator Juan Carlos Uribe presented the organisation's s approach to peacebuilding through friendship and personal exchanges. He highlighted Peace Boat's unique role and potential as a mobile, neutral platform for experiential and comparative learning, intercultural dialogue and international cooperation. Further, he expressed the hope that NGOCSD member organisations can continue working together, creating partnerships and sharing expertise and resources to connect the global agenda with the incredible work done by local communities and grassroots organisations around the world.
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