Peace Boat Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) Campaign
Peace Boat has long been involved in local and global initiatives to eradicate poverty in the world - particularly in recent years towards the realization of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Notably, in 2009, Peace Boat launched its MDGs Campaign, in partnership with the United Nations Millennium Campaign (UNMC) and the Global Call to Action Against Poverty (GCAP-Japan) to raise awareness about the MDGs and the role of civil society in achieving these goals.

Peace Boat is an NGO in Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations and as such works in partnership with the UN Millennium Campaign. The UNMC was established by the UN Secretary General Kofi Annan in 2002 in order to support citizen participation in the achieving the Millennium Development Goals, adopted by 189 world leaders from rich and poor countries, as part of the Millennium Declaration which was signed in 2000.

Promoting the MDGs through education

African Youth Forum is held onboard Peace Boat's ship

Peace Boat is committed to taking action to achieve the MDGS in a number of ways. The ship is used as a space for dialogue and Peace Boat has invited students and young activists from Africa and Latin America to onboard forums to discuss development issues,

Peace Boat's Global University has held intensive education programmes onboard and in ports designed to develop an understanding of the challenges faced in eradicating poverty and promote activism for achieving the MDGs. Staff on board give lectures about the MDGs and encourage participants to get involved in campaigning for them.

Onboard Peace Boat's 80th voyage (July - October, 2013), the Global University programme took place under the theme of renewable energy and nuclear free world. 32 participants joined the programme, spending one week in India and Germany respectively on exposure tours to learn how communities under various conditions work in community building to create a sustainable society. Onboard the ship, students participated in seminars and lectures held by specialists in fields such as development and environment, to deepen their studies.
*Please see here for a detailed report.

The next Global University programme will take place on the theme of sustainable development, during the 84th Global Voyage (July - November, 2014).

MDGs Photo Exhibition Travels the World with Peace Boat in partnership with the UNDP and Olympus Corporation

Photo Exhibition on the MDGs

During the 74th Global Voyage (July-October 2011), Peace Boat held the ' Picture This' exhibition in ports visited around the world, in partnership with Olympus Corporation and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). 'Picture This' is a photo contest that brings attention to the quickly approaching deadline for achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in order to motivate people and governments in developed and developing countries to redouble their efforts in the fight against extreme poverty.
* Please see here to read more.

578 participants 'Stand Up' onboard the Peace Boat.

Stand Up, Take Action Campaign

The Stand Up Take Action Campaign is carried out every year onboard the ship and in our headquarters in Tokyo, as part of the worldwide campaign in which millions of people 'stand-up' and call for an end to poverty by 2015.

578 participants joined the Stand Up Campaign onboard Peace Boat's 80th Global Voyage as part of the movement, the results of which were delivered to leaders of Japan through GCAP Japan.

5 Key Recommendations for the Post-2015 Development Agenda

Participants visit Mtwapa Village in Kenya to learn about the roots of and solutions to poverty.

Peace Boat, as a member of GCAP Japan (Ugoku-Ugokasu), contributed to put together "5 Key Recommendations for the Post-2015 Development Agenda," based on its experiences of disaster relief and conflict prevention through global voyages and other projects.

Peace Boat emphasized the need for strengthening community resilience to respond to shock of disasters, conflicts, economic crisis, environmental impacts, etc. under Recommendation 2 - Realize "a world without disparity and inequality", as well as inserting the idea of disarmament for development under Recommendation 5 - 'Create a system where everyone shares responsibility in contributing financial resources to achieve targets.'

Peace Boat will continue to campaign and advocate for the inclusion of these 5 key recommendations in the post-MDGs basic principles.

* Read the 5 Key Recommendations for the Post-2015 Development Agenda here.

The ship itself as an awareness raising tool

The UNMC's logo "End Poverty 2015" is painted on the body of the Peace Boat's vessel

The UNMC's logo "End Poverty 2015" is painted on the body of the Peace Boat's vessel to highlight the MDGs around the world and every time the ship docks in a port, as part of a public awareness raising effort conducted in cooperation with the UN Millennium Campaign.

The United Nations Millennium Development Goals:

1. Eradicate extreme hunger and poverty: Halve, between 1990 and 2015, the proportion of people whose income is less than $1 a day; Halve, between 1990 and 2015, the proportion of people who suffer from hunger.
2. Universal education: Ensure that, by 2015, children everywhere, boys and girls alike, will be able to complete a full course of primary schooling.
3. Gender equality: Eliminate gender disparity in primary and secondary education, preferably by 2005, and in all levels of education no later than 2015.
4. Child health: Reduce by two thirds, between 1990 and 2015, the under-five mortality rate.
5. Maternal health: Reduce by three quarters, between 1990 and 2015, the maternal mortality ratio; Achieve, by 2015, universal access to reproductive health.
6. Combat HIV/AIDS: Have halted by 2015 and begun to reverse the spread of HIV/AIDS; Achieve, by 2015, universal access to reproductive health; Achieve, by 2010, universal access to treatment for HIV/AIDS for all those who need it; Have halted by 2015 and begun to reverse the incidence of malaria and other major diseases
7. Environmental sustainability: Integrate the principles of sustainable development into country policies and programmes and reverse the loss of environmental resources; Reduce biodiversity loss, achieving, by 2010, a significant reduction in the rate of loss; Halve, by 2015, the proportion of the population without sustainable access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation; By 2020, to have achieved a significant improvement in the lives of at least 100 million slum dwellers.
8. Global partnership: Address the special needs of the least developed countries, landlocked countries and small island developing states; Develop further an open, rule-based, predictable, non-discriminatory trading and financial system; Deal comprehensively with developing countries' debt; In cooperation with the private sector, make available the benefits of new technologies, especially information and communications.

For More Information:
End Poverty 2015 United Nations Millenium Campaign
GCAP- Japan

Voyage Reports:
Global University, Overcoming Poverty in Senegal
African Youth Forum and MDGs Dance Project
Peace Boat keeps the MDGs in focus