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May 29, 2017 - Save Our Ocean: Peace Boat at the UN Ocean Conference
The high-level United Nations Conference to Support the Implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development (The Ocean Conference) is taking place at United Nations Headquarters in New York from 5 to 9 June 2017. The conference, co-hosted by the Governments of Fiji and Sweden, aims to address the declining health of the world's oceans and will include plenary meetings, partnership dialogues and a special event commemorating World Oceans Day. As a committed campaigner for the SDGs, Peace Boat is delighted to be able to participate in the conference process and contribute to its success.

Peace Boat and SDG14
With three global voyages every year spanning the world's oceans and seas, Peace Boat is acutely aware of the importance of our oceans and supporting the implementation of SDG14. Peace Boat's voyages visit coastal communities on the front line of marine degradation and rising sea levels. Educational programmes are organized both onboard and in ports of call in collaboration with local CSOs and institutions, to raise awareness of the importance of ocean health and related issues including climate change. These range from active beach clean-ups to research on marine life, and cultural programmes with communities whose cultures and economies are deeply interconnected with the oceans. Since 2016 Peace Boat has also been working in collaboration with the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS).

Peace Boat's Contribution to the Ocean Conference

Side-event at The Ocean Conference: Friday, 9 June 2017, 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM, Conference Room 6, UNHQ Peace Boat will hold a side event "From Awareness Raising to Action for the Oceans: the role of Youth and Civil Society" at the Ocean Conference on June 9, 2017. This side event will focus on the role of education and awareness raising for action for the oceans, and to implement the Sustainable Development Goals. In particular, it will focus on the crucial role of youth and civil society. A number of Small Island Developing States (SIDS) are visited during Peace Boat's three global and two regional voyages per year, and grassroots representatives from SIDS working in collaboration with Peace Boat will present their community's concerns and messages relating to SDG14, including connections to climate change and resiliency, at this event. With 2017 named the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development, the role of sustainable tourism will also be explored in relations to SIDS, both as a tool for education and awareness raising about ocean degradation and climate change, and also in connection to Target 14.7.

Public Symposium in Stockholm June 2, 2017
Peace Boat's 94th Global Voyage called to Stockholm on June 2, days before the Ocean Conference begins in New York. At this time Peace Boat utilised its ship as a vehicle for public awareness raising, holding the symposium "Save Our Ocean: Engaging with SDG 14 in support of The Ocean Conference" onboard the ship in port, in collaboration with the Government Offices of Sweden, Stockholm City, and a range of Swedish civil society organisations including the Swedish Society for Nature Conservation. H.E. Isabella Lvin, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for International Development Cooperation and Climate and Co-President of the Ocean Conference, was be the honoured keynote speaker, joined also by H.E. Karolina Skog, Minister for the Environment, Ms. Katarina Luhr, Vice Mayor of Environment in the City of Stockholm, and a civil society panel. Further details can be viewed here.

"Voluntary Commitment": The Ecoship Project
The Ocean Conference is collecting "voluntary commitments" from participants and stakeholders. Peace Boat makes the solid commitment to the concrete action of the "Ecoship Project". Sailing in 2020 as a flagship for the SDGs, the 55,000 ton, 2000 passenger capacity nature-inspired vessel combines radical energy efficiency measures and the use of renewable energy at a level never achieved before in maritime transport. With zero Nox and sulphur emissions and 40% reduction in CO2, the Ecoship seeks to address ocean acidification. The ship has closed water and closed waste systems to combat marine pollution. The Ecoship will not only offer a solution to climate change and contribute towards the implementation of SDG14, will take thousands of people around the world every year to places that are directly affected by rising sea levels and the degradation of marine ecosystems.

The World Ocean Festival
Peace Boat is proud to be a partner of the inaugural World Ocean Festival, whereby activists and enthusiasts took to the streets - and waterways - of New York City to raise their voices to reverse the declining health of our oceans. Thank you to those who visited our booth and exhibition at the Ocean Village on Governors Island, New York on June 4 - a celebration of art, education, innovation, and tools for action in support of the ocean.

After the Ocean Conference
An "Oceans and Climate Youth Ambassador Programme" will be announced at the Ocean Conference in June, in collaboration with Small Island Developing States (SIDS). The programme will bring youth leaders from states on the front line of climate change and marine degradation to travel onboard Peace Boat's ship, engaging in capacity building and bringing their message to citizens and government representatives. The youth will embark in Europe connecting with civil society organizations and government agencies in ports visited, including Spain, France, the UK and Iceland. Participants will give testimony of their experiences and the impact of climate change and marine degradation on their communities, highlight the outcomes of The Ocean Conference and make a call for action. Their voyage will end in New York in October 2017 where they will report on their efforts to both the UN community and the public.

Documents for download
Peace Boat Ocean Conference June 2017