Between August 26-29 Peace Boat participated in the 68th Annual United Nations Civil Society Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah. This year’s Conference was the first held in the United States outside of the New York City UN Headquarters, with a focus on SDG 11: to make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable by 2030.

Peace Boat held an exhibition throughout the conference which highlighted our unique programs for SDGs education as well as shared Peace Boat’s Ecoship project and activities to promote more sustainable communities. Ecoship is a transformational program to construct the planet’s most environmentally sustainable cruise ship. The Ecoship will create awareness and encourage active engagement with the challenges embodied in the SDGs.

Peace Boat also hosted a workshop titled, “Youth in Action: Global SDGs Education and Social Innovation for Sustainable Communities.” The interactive workshop was co-sponsored by Momentum Novum, the NGO Committee on Sustainable Development-NY and SERVAS International. Lauren Kiser of Momentum Novum led an exploration of innovative solutions to achieve a specific target of an SDG, and empowered participants to work on real solutions to the SDGs in their own communities.   Peace Boat US Director Emilie McGlone presented Peace Boat’s global educational programs for SDGs education, including the “Youth for the SDGs Scholarship Program” and “Ocean and Climate Youth Ambassadors.” Former Peace Boat “Youth for the SDGs” Scholar Milka Rodriguez shared her experiences on Peace Boat learning about the SDGs in Latin America and how she is now implementing the SDGs at her work with local communities in the Bronx, New York.