Youth for the SDGs Program for the United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development

Peace Boat US is excited to announce the launch of a new series of programs as part of the United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development. We invite youth leaders from around the world who are working toward sustainability in their home communities, to travel onboard, engaging in capacity building, citizen science programs and experiences in the ports of call that enrich their understanding of marine science and climate action on a global scale. Highlighting the theme of this year’s United Nations World Oceans Day: Planet Ocean, Tides are Changing, we seek to raise awareness about Life Below Water and encourage positive action for our blue planet.

Arctic Voyage: May 24 – June 14, 2023

May 24 – Program starts in London: Ocean and Climate Networking Reception at Selina Hotel, Camden
May 25 – Peace Boat arrives Tilbury (London) UK: Environmental sustainability and ocean education action day
May 26 – River and waterway plastic clean-up with UOCEAN and partners
May 27 – Peace Boat departs Tilbury (London) UK: Blue Economy Partnership Event
May 31 – Åndalsnes, Norway: Outdoor exploration, marine science data collection
June 2 – Tromso, Norway: Sailing and kelp study program
June 3 – Honningsvåg, Norway: Marine science data collection
June 5 – Longyearbyen, Norway: Study program in biomimicry
June 9–10 – Akureyri, Iceland: Marine science data collection and water sample testing
June 11–12 – Reykjavik, Iceland: Program onboard Peace Boat
June 13 – Educational program: Visit to the Blue Lagoon, water testing and geothermal studies
June 14 – Program conclusion in Iceland

Latin American Voyage: June 20 – July 5, 2023

June 20 – Program starts in Cristobal, Panama
June 22 – Study program: Nature-based solutions with the Kuna and Embera Indigenous Communities
June 23 – Learning about renewable energy with the Center for Sustainability and Excellence
June 24 – Peace Boat arrives Cristobal, Panama & Embarkation
June 25 – Peace Boat sails through the Panama Canal
June 28 – Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala: Cultural exchange with Mayan Indigenous Community
June 29 – Mangrove reforestation for climate action
July 2 – Manzanillo, Mexico & Disembarkation
July 3–4 – Blue Economy Forum in Mexico
July 5 – Program Conclusion


  • Fee – $5000 for each voyage. The fee includes travel onboard the Peace Boat, onboard programs, shared cabin  accommodation (additional fee for single cabin if available), meals, and port programs. This fee does not include travel to/from the ship or travel insurance.
  • All ages and backgrounds welcome to participate.
  • Youth for the SDGs Scholarships are available for ages 18-30.
  • Deadline for registration for both programs is April 30, 2023.