Peace Boat is honored to hold various events at the UN Ocean Conference in Lisbon at the end of June. The UN Ocean Conference co-hosted by Portugal and Kenya will be held in Lisbon June 27 – July 1. Under the theme of “Scaling up Ocean Action Based on Science and Innovation for the Implementation of Goal 14: Stocktaking, Partnerships and Solutions’, it will build on the success of the UN Ocean Conference held in New York in 2019 and comes at a critical time in ocean health.

It nurtures unimaginable biodiversity and produces food, jobs, mineral and energy resources needed for life on the planet to survive and thrive. There is a great deal we still do not know about the ocean but there are many reasons why we need to manage it sustainably – as set out in the targets of Sustainable Development Goal 14: Life Below Water.

Scaling up Ocean Action with Empowerment of SIDS Youth,Awareness Raising andCitizenship Engagement

Monday, June 27
10:00 – 11:15 AM
Side Event Room 1

Peace Boat is holding an official side event at the UN Ocean Conference in collaboration with the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Kiribati to the United Nations. The event will showcase the important role of youth in scaling up ocean action, in particular youth from Small Island Developing States (SIDS) on the front lines of the ocean crisis highlighting Peace Boat’s Ocean and Climate Youth Ambassador Programme which was launched at the first UN Ocean Conference as a Voluntary Commitment to SDG14.
Together with speakers from civil society, academia and national governments, the event will look at awareness raising and citizenship engagement as well as Ocean Literacy in the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development.  

Keynote Speakers:

  • H.E. Mr. Teburoro Tito, Permanent Representative of Kiribati to the United Nations
  • Mr Yoshioka Tatsuya, Director and Founder, Peace Boat

Panel 1 “Empowering Youth from Large Ocean States”Guest speakers:

  • Ms Khadija Stewart, Ocean and Climate Youth Ambassador, SOA Caribbean
  • H.E. Mr Steven Victor, Minister, Agriculture, Fisheries, and the Environment
  • Mr Henk Rogers, Founder of Blue Planet Alliance

Panel 2 “Awareness Raising and Citizenship Engagement”Guest speakers:

  • Mr Brandon Levy, Sustainable Ocean Alliance
  • Ms Lisa Marrocchino, Proteus Ocean Group
  • Lea d’Auriol, Oceanic Global 

Panel 3 “Ocean Literacy in the UN Ocean Decade”Guest speakers:

  • Ms Vanessa Batista, Ciencia Viva
  • Ms Bernadette Snow, One Ocean Hub
  • Ms Cristina Antunes, United by the Sea

Moderator: Ms Emilie McGlone, Director, Peace Boat US

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Please note this event will be held in person within the conference venue. While registration is not required, only delegates are admitted access to the venue.

UN Ocean Conference Opening Night!
Special High-Level Reception

Monday, June 27
6:00 – 10:00 PM
WaterX Catamaran

*Special Invitation Required*

To celebrate the beginning of the UN Ocean Conference, Peace Boat is co-organizing a Special High-Level Reception on the WaterX Catamaran  for an evening sail in Lisbon. 

Solutions for a sustainably managed ocean involve green technology and innovative uses of marine resources. We look forward to creating a network of innovative leaders in the ocean space to create solutions and work together towards a more sustainable ocean for all.
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Sailing Towards a Renewable Energy Future

Wednesday, June 29
3:00 PM
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Join Peace Boat, Blue Planet Alliance & Sustainable Ocean Alliance Caribbean for a discussion in the SDG Media Zone on creating a renewable energy future. The reduction of carbon emissions is key to protecting the health of our ocean. Speakers will engage in thoughtful discussion and presentations regarding ocean sustainability and how to achieve a zero-carbon future. 

Yoshioka Tatsuya is the Founder and Director of Peace Boat, a Japan-based international NGO which organizes global educational voyages for peace and sustainability. Peace Boat is spearheading Ecoship which was the first Voluntary Commitment to SDG14. Ecoship will feature a sustainable passenger ship that will reduce carbon emissions by more than 40%, using retractable wind sails and solar power.  

Henk Rogers is the founder of Blue Planet Alliance, an organization working to convert islands and countries to 100% renewable energy by 2045. Rogers will communicate strategic plans regarding Sustainable Development Goal #7: Affordable and Clean Energy. 

Khadija Stewart is a Regional Representative for the Caribbean in the Sustainable Ocean Alliance and a Peace Boat Ocean and Climate Youth Ambassador. She is the founder of EcoVybz Environmental Creatives which educated the public through storytelling initiatives focused on Climate Change, Ocean Conservation and Water Resources, as well as the host of the EcoVybz Podcast.

Sounds of the Oceanat the Lisbon Planetarium

Thursday, July 16:30 – 9:30 PM
Lisbon Planetarium

“An evening to celebrate life underwater and build a deeper connection to marine life through immersive sound, visual art and inspiring talks to support mental wellness and global ocean action.”

7:00 pm – Welcome & Panel Discussion Speakers:

  • Moderator- Emilie McGlone (PeaceBoat US)
  • Henk Rogers (Blue Planet Alliance)
  • Daniel Cervenka (The Convergence)
  • Jeff Ardron (Commonwealth Resounds)
  • Cristina Antunes (United by the Sea)
  • Carolina Sevilla (5 Minute Foundation)

8:00 pm – Sounds of the Ocean – Live Immersive Experience
9:15 pm – Closing Remarks – Q&A
9:30 pm – Evening Reception Sponsored by Blue Planet Alliance

Co-Production/Media/Non-Profit Partners:The Convergence, Peace Boat US, Blue Planet Alliance, Global Fashion Exchange, United By The Sea, PazPazes
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