Peace Boat has been a dedicated campaigner of the UN's 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development since its launch in 2015. The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for action outlined in the agenda, and depicted in the official logo painted on the side of Peace Boat's ship since 2016, are a common theme in Peace Boat's actions and education efforts both on board and on land.
The 103rd Oceania Voyage brought the SDGs into the spotlight with SDGs Days, two whole days full of events, workshops, and activities dedicated to these goals.
Highlights included lectures on alternative education (SDG 4: Quality Education), tree planting in Mongolia (SDG 15: Life on Land), Vanuatu and climate change (SDG 13: Climate Action), and gender equality (SDG 5). There was also a screening of a speech by education activist Malala Yousafzai, followed by a workshop.
Ongoing throughout each day were interactive activities, including a trivia stamp rally that had participants searching the ship for SDG stations where they could collect stamps by answering questions in return for a prize. This was especially popular with children on board!
In Peace Boat Center, the main hub of onboard life, there was an SDGs-themed hula-toss game, board games with SDGs trivia, a photo booth, and a board on which participants could vote for the SDGs most important to them by placing stickers. SDG 13: Climate Action, SDG 10: Reduced Inequalities, and SDG 16: Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions were among the most popular.
By organizing educational events about the SDGs, Peace Boat hopes to increase people's awareness and inspire them to take action themselves.