On July 10th, the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development 2023 marked the ninth anniversary since the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The United Nations High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) is an annual conference where UN member states, civil society organizations, and other stakeholders convene annually under the auspices of the United Nations Economic and Social Council. The HLPF is an important event to assess and discuss the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and progress towards the sustainable development goals. Peace Boat US actively participated in open panels and forums organized by the United Nations, which focused on the significance of Clean Water and Sanitation. The organization participated in four panels, addressing a diverse range of topics concerning both local and global action required to meet the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by the year 2030. 

Additionally, in collaboration with the Temple of Understanding, a UN-affiliated organization promoting peace, justice, human rights, and environmental sustainability, Peace Boat hosted a parallel event to further advance its mission of contributing to a sustainable and peaceful world.  The event was held to raise awareness about the active engagement of youth in supporting the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The organization’s US Program Director, Emilie McGlone, and the Youth Representative/Intern Coordinator, Molly Rosaaen, collaborated to conduct a compelling presentation for the scholars of the Temple of Understanding. The presentation aimed to empower and inspire young individuals to play a significant role in driving sustainable development initiatives.

Through explaining the Global Voyage for Peace, Global Ambassador Program, Decade of Ocean Science, Peace Boat’s participation and preparation for UN World Oceans Day theme: “Planet Ocean: Tides Are Changing,” and most recently, the “Sailing for the SDGs Action Campaign,” McGlone and Rosaaen highlighted ways Peace Boat voyages around the world have impacted SDG Action. They shared various activities they organized and participated in during the Arctic and Latin voyages over the past two months traveling onboard the Peace Boat.

Molly Rosaaen, who recently completed the Latin voyage, shared her exciting experience interacting with local organizations across Latin America. For example, she recounted her experiences learning from the Embera Quera indigenous community in Panama. 

Furthermore, they shared how Peace Boat is simultaneously learning onboard and raising awareness about SDG 14 for Life Below Water and important ocean conservation programs such as the campaign by Sustainable Ocean Alliance to put a moratorium on Deep Sea Mining, continuing to promote positive action for our blue planet. The presentation left a powerful impact in the room, with the youth scholars expressing great enthusiasm and curiosity. They asked numerous questions about Peace Boat’s Global voyages and opportunities for involvement. Following the session, the audience eagerly engaged with Peace Boat US Director, Emilie McGlone and Molly Rosaaen to learn more about how they could actively contribute to supporting the SDGs through Peace Boat’s initiatives.

The enthusiasm of the youth in the room served as a reminder of the potential for collective action and youth empowerment in creating a brighter and more sustainable future for all. By spreading awareness and knowledge about youth involvement in supporting the SDGs, Peace Boat continues to be at the forefront of promoting meaningful actions and collaboration, furthering the mission of sustainable development on both the local and global level. Peace Boat US efforts exemplify the significance of collective action in building a more equitable, peaceful, and sustainable world for generations to come.

Peace Boat’s “Youth for the SDGs” scholars will be present at Climate Week in New York, the SDG Summit at the UNHQ and COP 28 this year to continue the momentum! Please join us and follow along for updates on youth engagement via our social media online @peaceboatus (instagram) and our FB page here: https://www.facebook.com/PeaceBoatUs