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Jun 26, 2018 - Young Leaders from Small Island States Board Peace Boat for Climate and Ocean Action

The group from Fiji, Palau, Timor-Leste, Mauritius, Seychelles, Singapore and Barbados will travel from Stockholm to New York onboard Peace Boat's vessel with the SDGs logo on the hull.

Stockholm, June 26- A group of young leaders from Fiji, Palau, Timor-Leste, Seychelles, Mauritius, Singapore and Barbados joined Peace Boat in Stockholm, Sweden, to start the second edition of the Ocean and Climate Youth Ambassador Programme. This programme brings 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 through the voyage. The members of the group are Genevieve Jiva (25), Manzel Ngirmeriil (24), Jake Lasi (26), Frances Benstrong (20), Eve Isambourg (20), Sherene Tan (26) and Sage Belgrave (20) (See the profiles of the young leaders here).

The young leaders will engage with local, regional and national governments, civil society and the scientific community taking part in awareness raising and outreach events in ports visited, including in Denmark (June 28), Norway (June 30), Iceland (July 4), Canada (July 10) and concluding their voyage in New York (July 12-13). Participants will give testimony of their experiences and the impact of climate change and marine degradation on their communities, through Talanoa, defined in Fiji's Vision as inclusive, participatory and transparent dialogue that builds empathy and leads to decision making for the collective good'.

This programme was first held in 2017, launched at the United Nations Ocean Conference and recognised by the COP23 Presidency Secretariat as an Endorsed Event of COP23. It will highlight SDG13 (Climate Action) and SDG14 (Life Below Water) as part of Peace Boat's commitment to the Ocean Pathway Partnership. A COP23 Presidency initiative, the Ocean Pathway embodies the important relationship between the Ocean and Climate Change.

Highlights include:

Stockholm - A public event onboard Peace Boat's vessel with the Global Goals logo in collaboration with Global Challenges Foundation, "Ocean Degradation and Climate Change: Perspectives from the Global to the Local". The event brings together public sector, civil society and youth and will include a Talanoa session.

Copenhagen - Introduction to solutions to the SDGs from Sustainia organised in collaboration with DNV-GL, and a visit to House of Green, a not-for-profit, public-private partnership to showcase the green transition in Denmark. Participants will learn about efforts to be carbon neutral through renewable energy with a programme with Middelgrundenoffshore wind farm.

Bergen - A public event organised in collaboration with United Nations Association of Norway at the University of Bergen followed by a visit to the Plastic Whale Exhibition at the University of Bergen.

Reykjavik- Visit to Toppstin, the last coal power station in Iceland and now a center for creative projects. Discussion with Andri Magnasson, author and environmental activist.

Halifax - A forum on climate change and ocean degradation hosted by Mayor Michael Savage and organised in collaboration with Halifax City Hall, including the impact of climate change and ocean degradation on Halifax.

New York - Partnership Expo onboard Peace Boat in collaboration with UNDESA, UNAOC, and UNDPI as part of the High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF). Event at the HLPF on "Global Partnerships for Education, Youth Engagement and Sustainable Tourism" with the Permanent Mission of Palau to the United Nations.

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