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Peace Boat Creating the Planet's Most Sustainable Cruise Ship

Peace Boat Creating the Planet's Most Sustainable Cruise Ship

The Sustainable Development Goals are hitting the high seas through the efforts of the world's largest passenger ship sailing around the world for peace, sustainability and innovation. This fall, New York City has the pleasure of hosting the Peace Boat as it docks for two days as part of Peace Boat's 92nd Global Voyage for Peace. 

But the Peace Boat has a dual agenda. While actively engaging in the global community, Peace Boat also hopes to set a new standard for the cruising industry. According to the Friends of the Earth 2016 Report Card, cruises are often the most harmful form of travel to the environment and human health. For example, take Carnival, one of the most common cruise lines. Friends of the Earth gives the line a final grade of D, based on sewage treatment, air pollution reductions, water quality compliance, and transparency of environmental practices. 

“Every year, the [cruise] industry consumes millions of tons of fuel and produces almost a billion tons of sewage.”
— Bruce Watson, The Guardian
The US Peace Boat is setting the new standard for the cruise industry by addressing sustainability within every aspect of a guest's vacation - from the ship's design, to destinations, best practices, education opportunities, and activities onshore. 

The US Peace Boat is setting the new standard for the cruise industry by addressing sustainability within every aspect of a guest's vacation - from the ship's design, to destinations, best practices, education opportunities, and activities onshore. 

Established in 1983, the award-winning international non-profit organization Peace Boat has Special Consultative Status with UN ECOSOC and is associated with the UN Department of Public Information (DPI). Peace Boat is a committed campaigner for the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and with the cooperation of the UN DPI is proud to have launched a huge Global Goals logo on the hull of its ship at the departure of the 92nd Global Voyage from Japan on August 18.

This Global Goals logo is now travelling around the world to promote the United Nations 2030 Agenda and the SDGs throughout a three-month journey, travelling to 25 ports during this voyage, and more than 80 countries around the world annually. It is hoped that people in each country visited during the voyage will be inspired to make an active engagement in achieving the goals.

Peace Boat's points of passion include:

  • Conflict prevention and peace-building

  • Disarmament and nuclear abolition

  • Humanitarian support and disaster relief

  • Peace and human rights

  • Sustainability

A “Floating Festival for Sustainability” will be held in collaboration with the UN DPI NGO Relations on the evening of October 20. This very special evening will include presentations, music, exhibitions, cultural performances and an Eco-Fashion show. 

Showcasing looks from some of the most prominent conscious fashion designers in New York City, the Eco-Fashion show will demonstrate how fashion – and most importantly, ethical consumerism - can help move the world toward many of the Sustainable Development Goals through innovation, responsible sourcing, and fair production. Designers include: 

This event is invite only. But click here to learn more about the festival, who's involved, and the Peace Boat mission!

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