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Jan 1, 2018 - Wishing you a peaceful 2018!
As a committed campaigner for a nuclear-free world, Peace Boat is honoured to be an International Steering Group member of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), recipient of the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize.

This year, we celebrated the historic adoption of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, a goal that Peace Boat, along with many other individuals and organizations, has spent many years working towards. As a core member of ICAN, Peace Boat continued working towards nuclear weapons abolition this year, notably conducting its 10th "Global Voyage for a Nuclear Free World - Peace Boat Hibakusha Project". To date, more than 170 Hibakusha (atomic bomb survivors) have taken part in Peace Boat's voyages to share their testimonies with people all over the world.

2017 also saw Peace Boat strengthen its commitment to the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development with onboard and in-port programmes focused on the Global Goals for Sustainable Development (SDGs). Peace Boat Ecoship was presented as the first voluntary commitment from civil society to SDG14 (Life Below Water) at the UN Ocean Conference. Our Ocean and Climate Youth Ambassadors Programme, an officially Endorsed Event of COP23 Presidency for the UN Climate Change Conference, brought dynamic young leaders from small island states on the front line of climate change and ocean degradation onboard Peace Boat's vessel to advocate for SDG 14 and 13 (Climate Action). Peace Boat also joined world leaders in the Ocean Pathway Partnership at its launch at the UN Climate Change Conference in November, reaffirming our commitment to ocean and climate action towards 2020 and beyond.

We believe that dialogue and people-to-people exchange are the cornerstones of peace-building. Peace Boat continues to promote civil society dialogue on peace and security issues in Northeast Asia as the Northeast Asia Regional Secretariat of the Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict (GPPAC Northeast Asia). In addition to this, Peace Boat successfully carried over 3000 passengers from all over East Asia around the world in the last year, creating a world-wide community of travelers and global citizens, united in their curiosity, their appreciation for nature and the world's cultures, as well as their desire to build a more sustainable and peaceful world.

All of us at Peace Boat thank you for your friendship and support over the past year. We look forward to continuing our collaboration in the new year as we work together for a peaceful, sustainable, and nuclear-free world.
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