Peace Boat and the GCF organize a symposium about climate change in Stockholm

Jun 14, 2018

Peace Boat and the Global Challenges Foundation will hold a symposium onboard Peace Boat's vessel in Stockholm, on June 26. The event, ‘Ocean Degradation and Climate Change: Perspectives from the Global to the Local', will bring together young leaders from Small Island States, experts, and activists to consider the dual crises of ocean degradation and climate change.

This is the second-time Peace Boat organizes an event about the ocean and climate in the capital of Sweden. Last year, on June 2, another symposium was held onboard Peace Boat's ship to raise awareness of the High-Level United Nations Conference to Support the Implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14: Conserve and sustainability uses the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development. The symposium, organized in collaboration with the Swedish Society for Nature Conservation (SSNC), brought together political leaders including Minister for International Development Cooperation and Climate and Deputy Prime Minister of Sweden, and co-chair of The Ocean Conference, H.E. Isabella Lövin. 

In Stockholm, Peace Boat will launch the second edition of the Ocean and Climate Youth Ambassador Programme. Young leaders, active in issues relating to the ocean and climate and representing states on the front line of climate change and marine degradation from the three regions of the Pacific, the Indian Ocean and the Caribbean, will board the ship in Stockholm on June 26. They will travel to Copenhagen, Bergen, Reykjavik, Halifax and complete their journey in New York. Based on the Pacific concept of Talanoa, or telling stories, the young leaders will engage with local people in the ports they visit to share the situation in their island homes and to hear local perspectives and solutions to these dual crises.

For this event, Peace Boat is partnering with the Global Challenges Foundation, created in 2012 by Swedish financial analyst and author Laszlo Szombatfalvy. The Foundation's aim is to contribute to reducing the main global problems and risks that threaten humanity. To achieve this, the Global Challenges Foundation works in two ways: by increasing decision-makers' and the public's knowledge and insight about these challenges; and by stimulating discussion and innovative thinking about decision systems that would be able to manage the major global risks more effectively and equitably.

If you want to participate in the symposium, you can register here

Date: Tuesday, June 26, 2018
Time: Symposium and discussion start at 13:00. Doors open from 12:00*
Venue: Onboard Peace Boat (Ocean Dream)
Stadsgården 167. Stockholm
Registration Deadline: Tuesday, June 19, 2018