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Aug 16, 2016 - Peace Boat's 92nd Global Voyage Sails for the SDGs
Working with Hibakusha to Promote Peace, Disarmament and Sustainability with a New SDGs Logo on the Side of the Ship

18 August 2016 (Thursday)

Peace Boat's 92nd Global Voyage will departure from Yokohama Port on August 18, with approximately 1,000 participants, to visit 21 countries and 25 ports around the world. To illustrate Peace Boat's support for the SDGs*, a 6m tall and 4.5m wide official UN SDGs logo has been painted on the ship.

At the press conference, we will hold an unveiling ceremony for the new logo, to be attended by Ms. Kaoru Nemoto the Director of the United Nations Information Centre in Tokyo. Furthermore the event will be attended by 5 Hibakusha (atomic bomb survivors), 1 second generation Hibakusha, 1 Legacy Messenger and 2 youth communicators who will appeal, around the world, for a ban on nuclear weapons and their abolition. Peace Boat will also host the UN Peace Posters Panel Exhibition along side the testimonies of the Hibakusha.

As an NGO with Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations, Peace Boat will be an official campaigner of the SDGs and hopes to inspire each country visited during the voyage to make an active engagement to reaching the goals.

Other events to be held during the 92nd Voyage:.
Onboard SDGs event held onboard in collaboration with the United Nations, while the ship is docked in New York on October 20 21.
Visiting Cuba for the first time since it began the process of normalizing relations with the USA.
Promoting the EcoShip Project around the world, which aims to build the word's most environment friendly ship, with a 40% cut in CO2 emissions.

Event Details
Date: 18 August 2016 (Thursday)
Meeting Time: 11:00
Venue: Yokohama Osanbashi International Passenger Terminal, 2nd floor conference room, 1-1-4, Kaigandori, Naka-ku, Yokohama, 231-0002 7 mins walk from Nihon Oodori station on the Minatomirai line See here

Speakers:
NEMOTO Kaoru (Director of the United Nations Information Centre)
OSHIDARI Kenro (Former United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) Regional Director for Asia)
5 Hibakusha (atomic bomb survivors), 1 second generation Hibakusha, 1 Legacy Messenger and 2 youth communicators who will participate in Peace Boat's 9th "Global Voyage for a Nuclear-Free World: Peace Boat Hibakusha Project."
KAWASAKI Akira (Peace Boat), and others

The departure ceremony of Peace Boat's 92nd Global Voyage will start from 12:30.
Guest of Honour: H.E. Mr. Marcos Fermin Rodriguez Costa, Ambassador of Cuba to Japan
The ship is scheduled to depart at 13:00.

**The SDGs, as follow-ups of the MDGs implemented in 2000, are a set of detailed and specific targets that the UN deemed critical to reach in the next 15 years, starting 2015. They are a combination of a total of 17 goals on issues such as poverty and hunger, energy, climate change and peace, which all need to be resolved in order to create a sustainable global society.

Enquiries
Ms OMURA Yuko, Peace Boat (Japanese or English)
Tel. 03-3363-7561 / Fax. 03-3363-7562
Email: y_c_omura(a)peaceboat.gr.jp

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