Ocean Action Hub

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Peace Boat’s Ocean and Climate Youth Ambassadors Programme Report

Peace Boat’s Ocean and Climate Youth Ambassadors Programme, was first held in 2017, launched at the United Nations Ocean Conference and recognised by the COP23 Presidency Secretariat as an Endorsed

Event of COP23. The programme brings youth leaders from states on the front line of climate change and marine degradation to travel onboard Peace Boat's ship, engaging in capacity building and bringing their message to citizens and government representatives through the voyage.

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Against the Tide: A Journey for Climate Hope
In 2017, a group of young leaders from states on the front line of climate change and marine degradation joined Peace Boat's 95th Global Voyage in Barcelona as a part of a new programme to highlight t
hese crucial issues. These young women and men, between 19 and 26 years of age, were from the regions of the Pacific Ocean, Indian Ocean and the Caribbean. Over the following three weeks, they visited Lisbon, Bordeaux, London, Edinburgh, Reykjavik and New York. In every port, they connected with civil society organizations and government agencies bringing their message to citizens and government representatives throughout the voyage. The film portrays their experience and raises awareness about the fragility and vulnerability of the small island states.

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Save Our Ocean: Engaging with SDG 14 in support of The Ocean Conference

A public event onboard Peace Boat's passenger ship in Stockholm, Sweden.

Date: Friday, June 2, 2017

Time: Ocean Symposium, 11:00-13:00

Venue: Onboard Peace Boat (Ocean Dream), Värtahamnen Port, Stockholm

Registration closed on Monday, May 29, 2017

The world’s seas and oceans are essential for our survival. The ocean covers nearly three-quarters of the Earth’s surface and contributes substantially to human development, including to the provision of food security, transport, energy supply, tourism and many of the planet’s most critical ecosystem services Yet, today it is estimated that 40 percent of our oceans are heavily affected by unsustainable practices, including over-fishing, land-based sources of pollution and littering, habitat destruction, invasive species as well as climate change, particularly ocean acidification.

The United Nations Ocean Conference will take place at the UN Headquarters in New York from 5 to 9 June 2017, co-hosted by Sweden and Fiji. World leaders, civil society representatives will come together to find a strategy to implement SDG 14 of the Sustainable Development Goals - “Life Below Water” and protecting the world’s oceans and seas on which we all depend.



To raise awareness of this conference and efforts by civil society and governments to achieve SDG14, Peace Boat and the Swedish Society for Nature Conservation (SSNC) will organise a public event onboard Peace Boat's passenger ship as it is docked in Stockholm on June 2 - just days before the UN conference begins- as part of Peace Boat's 94th Global Voyage for Peace.



Join political leaders, civil society representatives and ocean experts onboard Peace Boat for a symposium co-organized on Engaging with SDG14 and The Ocean Conference. Learn more about the state of our oceans, what is being done internationally and in the Baltic, and what we can expect from the Ocean Conference in New York. The programme includes music and dance performance to celebrate the world’s oceans. Come onboard and raise your voice with the hashtag #SaveOurOcean.



Speakers:

H.E. Isabella Lövin, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for International Development Cooperation and Climate, Sweden

H.E. Karolina Skog, Minister for the Environment

Ms. Katarina Luhr, Vice Mayor of Environment in the City of Stockholm

Ms. Karin Lexén, Ms. Sara Fröcklin, Swedish Society For Nature Conservation

Mr. Tom Arnbom, World Wildlife Fund Sweden

Mr. Sören Kjellkvist & Mr. Glenn Mattsing, Row Around Svalbard

Ms. Frida Bengtsson, Greenpeace

Ms. Hannah Stanton, The Goals.org

Ms. Merci Olssen, Race for the Baltic

The importance of the world’s ocean cannot be overstated. They supply 50% of the oxygen we breathe, feed billions of people, and provide livelihoods for millions more. They are the great biological pump of global atmospheric and thermal regulation and the driver of the water and nutrient cycles. And they are among the most powerful tools for mitigating the effects of climate change.. In short, the ocean is a critical ally, and we must do everything in our power to safeguard them.”

H.E. Isabella Lövin, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for International Development Cooperation and Climate, Sweden

Organizers:

Peace Boat is a Japan-based NGO with consultative status with ECOSOC of the United Nations. Peace Boat is a campaigner for the Sustainable Development Goals and sails with the Global Goals logo on the hull of the ship. Peace Boat was the first NGO to make a Voluntary Commitment to the implementation of SDG 14 at a Special Event at the Preparatory Meeting of the Ocean Conference on February 16 
together with the government of Sweden. Peace Boat commits to building Ecoship with a 40% reduction in CO2, the Ecoship seeks to address ocean acidification. The ship has closed water and closed
waste systems to combat marine pollution.

The Swedish Society for Nature Conservation is a charitable environmental organisation with the power to bring about change. SSNC spreads knowledge, chart environmental threats, propose solutions and influence politicians and authorities, both nationally and internationally. Under democratic forms, SSNC works regionally in 24 county branches and locally in 270 community branches. Climate change, seas and fishing, forests, agriculture and environmental toxins are their priority areas of work, both nationally and globally. SSNC has made the voluntary commitment towards SDG 14 of Member driven advocacy for sustainable oceans, ecosystems and fisheries.

Organized in cooperation with the Government Offices of Sweden and Stockholm City.

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Sailing for the SDGs: Peace Boat and the Ecoship

UN Headquarters, Conference Room B

Hosted by Peace Boat

14 February, 18:15 - 19:30 EST

UN Headquarters, Conference Room B

Hosted by Peace Boat

14 February, 18:15 - 19:30 EST

This side event will bring together stakeholders from the tourism and shipping industries, together with civil society representatives, to consider the role of partnerships toward more sustainable shipping and tourism practices to implement the SDGs, in particular SDG14. This will focus on the cruise industry and efforts to reduce marine pollution, increase benefits for small island states through sustainable management of tourism, and transfer marine technology in relation to shipping and transportation.

More details at: https://oceanconference.un.org/index.php?page=view&type=20000&nr=1051&menu=3327&template=2456