Peace Boat's first voyage was organized in 1983 by a group of Japanese university students as a creative response to government censorship regarding Japan's past military aggression in the Asia-Pacific. They chartered a ship to visit neighboring countries with the aim of learning first-hand about the war from those who experienced it and initiating people-to-people exchange.

Timeline of Activities

Peace Boat is established. First Asian Regional Voyage.

Goods for Sustainability - United People's Alliance (UPA) Project started.

Peace Boat launches first around the world voyage, as the Gulf War starts, making peace appeals in each port.

Peace Boat delegation attends the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro.

Peace Boat carries out disaster relief activities in Kobe after the Great Hanshin Earthquake.

Peace Boat (Land)Mine Abolition Campaign (P-MAC) is established, raising funds for de-mining in Cambodia.
"No More Hibakusha" photo exhibition depicting nuclear victims from Hiroshima and Nagasaki held in India and Pakistan following nuclear tests in these countries.
First Peace Boat Peace Award granted to Mikhail Gorbachev.

First Peace Boat southern hemisphere global voyage sails.
Peace Ball Project to promote international exchange and cooperation through sports is established.
Peace Boat participates as an Organizing Committee member of the Hague Appeal for Peace.
Peace Boat voyage accredited as an Official Programme of the UNESCO-led "International Year for the Culture of Peace."
Peace Boat International Students (IS) Programme is launched.
Onboard GET language programme launched.

Peace Boat establishes its "Global University" peace education programme.

Peace Boat gains Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations (ECOSOC).

Second Peace Boat Peace Award granted to Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

Peace Boat ship calls in at the World Social Forum in Mumbai.
Peace Boat becomes the Northeast Asia regional secretariat for the 'Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict' (GPPAC).

First 'Peace & Green Boat' voyage sails in cooperation with the Korea Green Foundation.
Agent Orange victims support campaign launched.

Peace Boat US established in New York in collaboration with the Hague Appeal for Peace.

Launch of the 'Reviving the Galapagos Forest Project' with the Charles Darwin Research Center.
Cooperation project with Venezuela's music education foundation 'El Sistema' established.

'Global Article 9 Conference to Abolish War' held.
'Peace Boat Hibakusha Project - Global Voyage for a Nuclear Free World' launched.

Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) Campaign launched with the United Nations.
International conferences on Peace Constitutions organised in Costa Rica and Ecuador.

Peace Boat Montessori Programme and Global School Programme established.

Relief efforts begin in areas affected by the devastating earthquake and tsunami that hit northeastern Japan.
Fukushima Youth Project launched.

Global Conference for a Nuclear Power Free World held.

Ecoship Project launched at PB's 30th Anniversary Celebrations.
Nobel Peace Laureate Rigoberta Menchú visits Peace Boat.

Partnership with UNISDR's Making Cities Resilient Campaign.

Peace Boat sails as a committed campaigner for the UN SDGs. The logo is painted on the hull of the ship.
Peace Boat and the UN DPI hold a "Floating Festival for Sustainability" in New York City.