Peace Boat US is excited to announce its participation in COP27, the upcoming annual United Nations Climate Change conference. The 27th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 27) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) will take place in the coastal city of Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt. This year’s UN Climate Change Conference taking place under the Egyptian Presidency, has been widely viewed as an African COP with issues focusing on Loss and Damage, the impacts of climate change on communities and the financial support needed to adapt.
Peace Boat US will be joining our civil society partners at the conference in a call for action to support those on the front lines of the climate crisis including across the African continent and on Small Island Developing States (SIDS). Please see our events and exhibitions schedule below. To our partners who are also able to attend the Conference – we hope you can join us!
“With Peace Boat’s Ocean and Climate Youth Ambassador programme, we are providing capacity training and a platform for young activists on the front line of the climate crisis. Ecoship, the future platform of Peace Boat’s programmes and the world’s most sustainable cruise ship, will lead the way for maritime decarbonization. We see the effects of the climate crisis all around us, from extreme heat to flooding. It will take all of us to tackle the greatest challenge of our times and Peace Boat is determined to bring people together to do so.” – Yoshioka Tatsuya, Peace Boat Founder
Peace Boat has been working to promote climate action and build momentum toward COP27 through education and capacity building including the new Ocean and Climate Youth Ambassadors Programme for youth on the front lines of the climate emergency, which will be announced at the COP27, including a climate action program and “Youth for the SDGs” Scholarship focused on SDG 13 by Peace Boat US to be conducted onboard Peace Boat’s ship in 2023.
Nathalia Lawen, a youth climate leader from the Seychelles will join Peace Boat at COP27. In 2019, Nathalia was one of Peace Boat’s Ocean and Climate Youth Ambassadors, a programme that brings youth leaders from Small Island Developing States (SIDS) 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. Launched at the Ocean Conference at the United Nations in 2017, and recognized officially by the COP23 Presidency, the program continues to give youth a voice to share their testimonies on the global stage. Nathalia also participated in COP26 in Glasgow and continues to share her voice in calling for stronger climate ambition by all governments and civil society leaders.
* Please note all Event times are local in Sharm El-Sheik, Egypt (GMT +2)
COP27 Exhibits & Events
Integrating Ocean Policy and Ocean Science to Accelerate Ocean-Based Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation
Tuesday, Nov. 8, 09:00-10:30
Supporting Organization: Ocean Policy Research Institute (OPRI)
Youth as Key Leaders Transforming Climate Promises into Inclusive Action
November 9, 1:15 – 2:45 pm, Hatshepsut Room 3, Blue Zone
Watch the livestream – https://www.youtube.com/c/unfcccint
Peace Boat Side Event co-organized with Care About Climate and Future Leaders – an integrational dialogue showcasing youth-led capacity-building and education initiatives to facilitate the participation of global youth, particularly in Africa and SIDS, in climate decision-making spaces, in ensuring youth and gender inclusive NDCs, and as climate negotiators.
Connecting Large Ocean States for Climate Action and Youth Empowerment
November 11, 1:00 – 1:55 pm, Moana Blue Pacific Pavilion, Blue Zone
Please register to watch the livestream:
Peace Boat side event co-organized with Alliance for Future Generations – Fiji, the Permanent Mission of Palau to the UN, Sustainable Ocean Alliance, and Blue Planet Alliance showcasing the role of youth in scaling up climate ambition and climate adaptation with focus on the value of capacity building, networks and peer to peer exchange for youth across the Pacific, as well as from other large ocean states.
Ecoship: A Transition Model for Decarbonisation of the Maritime Sector
November 11, 17:00 – 18:00 pm, Green Zone Hall B
Peace Boat will present Ecoship as a transition model for decarbonizing maritime transport through energy efficiency and renewable energies. Ecoship, a 60,000 ton, 2,000 passenger capacity nature-inspired vessel which will sail as a flagship for the SDGs and be the platform for Peace Boat’s future educational voyages.
Ocean Innovation Partnership Dinner
Friday, November 11, 6:00 – 10:00 pm, Hyatt Regency Sharm El Sheikh Joggig Road
We invite you to join us for this special COP 27 Partnership Dinner to highlight Ocean Innovation for climate action, including representatives from sustainable businesses, the United Nations, NGOs, civil society, artists, musicians and youth who are making a positive impact for our climate. Together we will continue to build our networks and create lasting change for people and the planet.
- Co-hosted by: Blue Planet Alliance, One Ocean Hub, Peace Boat, Extreme Hangout, Oceanic Global and partners
- Dinner tickets are $150.00 USD, including a welcome drink and special vegetarian meal featuring Egyptian cuisine with a Mediterranean style setting outdoors
- Additional drinks will be available for purchase at a cash-bar onsite
- RSVP for Dinner here by Thursday, November 10 at 5:00 pm
- Venue address: EXTREME Hangout, the Lawn, Park Regency Hotel, Sharm El Sheikh
- Check in: Each guest will be required to show their Government issued ID and Dinner ticket upon arrival for check in and proceed through the security at the hotel entrance
*All tickets are non-transferable and non-refundable , thank you for your understanding.
Register here: https://bit.ly/Partnership-Dinner-NOV-11
Connecting Large Ocean States for Capacity Building through Shared Experiences and Storytelling
November 14, 15:20 – 16:20 pm, UNFCCC Capacity Building Hub, Blue Zone
Peace Boat will host a session at the 4th Capacity Building Hub together with The Youth Negotiator’s Academy and OceanHub Africa that will explore storytelling and shared experiences for capacity building. It will feature youth from small island states in Africa and beyond.
Ecoship: A Transition Model for the Decarbonization of the Maritime Sector
November 16, 8:30 – 10:00 am, Virtual Ocean Pavilion
Peace Boat Ecoship will host an open event at the Virtual Ocean Pavilion, an online platform dedicated to raising the visibility of the ocean and showcasing why the ocean matters in climate negotiations and to all life on our planet. It aims to increase knowledge, commitment and action for the ocean-climate nexus during and at key events in the run up to the summit.
Advancing Human Rights Standards in Nature-Based Solutions: Lessons from Land to Sea
November 16, 10:05 – 10:55, COP27 Children and Youth Pavilion, Blue Zone
Fostering Youth Leadership for Climate Action and Innovation
November 6-18, US Pavilion, COP 27 Blue Zone
The exhibit “Voices and Visions” will highlight the important climate action work done by youth in the U.S. to reduce emissions, increase resilience, advance environmental justice, and achieve true energy security. The Art and Science of Climate Action is an interactive exhibit space focusing on climate action by youth. Using a wave and bubble design to invoke the oceans that surround the United States, Voices and Visions using a storytelling approach traced along three waves of actions: Voices of the land; Our Voices; and Voices of the Oceans. Each story contains narrated sections, soundscapes, short videos and augmented reality pieces to give the viewer a truly immerse experience to reflect on climate actions.
US Pavilion Exhibition info: https://www.state.gov/u-s-center-at-cop27/exhibits/
Peace Boat and Global Kids Exhibition – Sailing for Change
November 16-17, Booth #15, COP27 Blue Zone
In partnership with the Global Kids organization, showcasing youth initiatives with Peace Boat’s Ocean and Climate Youth Ambassador Programme, capacity building for youth from SIDS, Africa, and globally.
Climate Impact Talks: Island Leaders Panel
November 8, 11:00 – 11:55 am, Moana Blue Pacific Pavilion, Blue Zone
Climate Impact Talks: Island Leaders Panel: “The Road to COP27 and Beyond: A Closer Look at the Progress, Challenges, and Opportunities for a 100% Renewable Energy Future in Small Island Developing States”
Climate Impact Talks: Partnerships for the SDGs
November 9, 5:45 – 6:45 pm, SDG Pavillion
The Road to COP27 and Beyond, A Closer Look at the Progress, Challenges, and Opportunities to achieve the 2030 Agenda, with Peace Boat, Blue Planet Alliance, Plymouth Marine Laboratory, Oceanic Global, OA Alliance, Global Kids and partners.
The SDG Pavilion at COP27 aims to bring together experts and policymakers leading the implementation of climate action and the Sustainable Development Goals around the world for a series of discussions on how to accelerate action across both the 2030 Agenda and the Paris Agreement. The Pavilion will provide a platform for practitioners and experts across all sectors and levels to share experiences and ideas on how to develop policies and programmes that serve to implement SDG 13 on Climate Action and the rest of the interlinked goals. Many events in the SDG Pavilion will occur in a hybrid format, with a mix of in-person and virtual speakers and audience members. Organized by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA), the Pavilion will host interactive dialogues and discussions on key thematic areas, particularly energy, water, forests, the ocean, and climate-SDG synergies. Please join us for the partnership event listed below on November 9th at the SDG Pavilion!
Leveraging the Ocean Decade to Build the Next Generation of Ocean Professionals
Thursday, November 10, 1:30 – 3:00 pm, Ocean Pavilion, Blue Zone
In order to ensure both the impact to 2030 and the post-2030 legacy of the Ocean Decade, it is necessary to engage and build capacity of upcoming generations of ocean professionals, including those in least developed countries with limited access to global networks and opportunities. This event will draw on past experiences of diverse partners, examine conditions of success to build ocean leadership, and provide space for a dialogue on future options to effectively invest in priority areas for human resource development to ensure a genuine and sustained step-change in capacity development opportunities for Early Career Ocean Professionals.
Organized in partnership with the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute and the Ocean Policy Research Institute of the Sasakawa Peace Foundation.
Youth Voices for Sustainable Oceans, Energy Commonwealth Secretariat
November 10, 4:00-4:55 pm, Moana Blue Pacific Pavilion, Blue Zone
Headed by the Commonwealth Secretary-General, the Rt Hon Patricia Scotland KC, the Commonwealth Secretariat delegation will be participating at strategic and technical levels at COP27, with the aim of advocating the interests of Commonwealth member countries, particularly small and other vulnerable states, establishing and strengthening partnerships and networks, mobilizing resources and exchanging knowledge around climate action. Peace Boat’s Ocean and Climate Youth Ambassador, Nathalia Lawen from Seychelles, will be speaking at the event alongside other island youth leaders.
See more details here: https://thecommonwealth.org/cop27
Peace Boat Press Conference – Capacity Building for Youth on the front lines of the climate crisis
November 10, 1:00 – 1.30 pm, Press Conference Room – Luxor Taba Area
Following the success of our Ocean and Climate Youth Ambassador Programme which has been bringing together youth from Small Island Development States on the front line of the climate crisis, Peace Boat will be re-launching the programme with the restart of our global voyages and looks forward to bringing the voices of these young leaders on the front lines to COP27 as well.
The youth leaders will highlight their climate action work to reduce emissions, increase resilience, advance environmental justice, and achieve true energy security. They will share existing and future efforts to promote positive impact in their communities, but also challenges and solutions in dealing with the disastrous effects of climate change.
The Ocean X Climate Summit
November 11, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
For COP27, join Oceanic Global, UNESCO – Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission and Salesforce for The Ocean X Climate Summit, as we place the ocean center stage in the global climate agenda. The summit will dive deeper into the importance and potential of the ocean within the climate change narrative, and support stakeholder action for the ocean and all it sustains. Because we live on a blue planet. Register using the link via the Oceanic Global website: www.oceanic.global/cop27
Press Conference – Peace Boat Ecoship: Towards the Decarbonization of the Maritime Sector
November 11, 11:00 – 11:30 am, Press Conference Room – Luxor Taba Area
Peace Boat is continuing to work on our Ecoship Project to build a low emission passenger ship featuring renewable (solar and wind) energy that will be an unprecedented transition model for decarbonizing maritime transport. Ecoship will sail as a flagship for the SDGs and will be the platform for Peace Boat educational voyages for peace and sustainability. It will directly contribute to Target 14.3 as a transition model for the decarbonisation of the maritime sector with an estimated 30% CO2 reduction compared to good current design, and a zero-emission target in ports. This will be achieved through energy efficiency in propulsion and accommodation (hull optimization, re-use of waste energy, cleaner fuels, fuel adaptability), utilization of renewable energies (solar, wind for propulsion, kinetic) and management tools including route and speed optimization. A total of 6,000 m2 of solar panels will cover 100% of the ship’s lighting needs and Ecoship will be fitted with 10 retractable sails with flexible solar panels demonstrating possibilities for the global energy transition.
Sailing into 100 ports yearly on global voyages, Ecoship will be a very visible example of what is possible in the maritime sector. For press inquiries, please contact Emilie McGlone, Director of Peace Boat US at email@example.com