Dear friends and partners,
Wishing you all the best for a peaceful 2022! We would like to express our sincere thanks for all the support we have received during 2021 and our solidarity with all those who continue to be affected by the ongoing pandemic.
In 2021, Peace Boat continued our work for a peaceful and sustainable world with much of our work taking place online. March 11, 2021 marked ten years since the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami and the subsequent disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant. On this day, Peace Boat co-organised the “Global Conference for a Nuclear Free, Renewable Energy Future: 10 Years Since Fukushima” at which five former prime ministers simultaneously announced 3.11 Declarations, emphasizing that now is the time for Japan to move toward zero nuclear power plants and 100% renewable energy.
“Every Second Counts for the Survivors: Peace Boat’s Hibakusha Project Online” took place throughout the year with more than 50 sessions held to date in 52 countries and 3356 participants. In December, Peace Boat partnered with the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) to organize the World Nuclear Survivors Forum which brought together nuclear survivors and impacted communities around the world ahead of the First Meeting of State Parties to the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) which will take place in 2022.
Peace Boat continued our work for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) including active participation in two weeks of online events around UN World Oceans Day and in person at the UN Climate Change Conference in Glasgow with various side events with partners including young leaders from Small Island Developing States on the frontline of the climate crisis, calling for greater ambition and climate justice.
We were deeply honored to receive the Lifetime Organizational War Abolisher of 2021 Award, in the first-ever War Abolisher Awards ceremony. Peace Boat very much appreciates the partnerships and collaborations for a peaceful world that led to this award. We very much look forward to resuming our voyages in 2022 and will continue our efforts to work for a peaceful, nuclear-free and sustainable society.
Best wishes for a peaceful 2022 from all of us at Peace Boat.