The Peace Boat docks at Tilbury tomorrow

The Peace Boat will dock in London tomorrow as part of its 76th global voyage, May 8th – August 2nd. Details of the itinerary and map of the voyage and ports visited may be seen here.

Based in Shinjuku,Tokyo, international non-governmental and non-profit organization, Peace Boat, promotes human rights, peace, equal and sustainable development and respect for the environment.

 

Peace Boat volunteers meet at Shinjuku Central Park on the night of Friday, August 5, 2011

Japan-based Peace Boat seeks to create awareness and action based on effecting positive social and political change in the world, through the organization of global educational programmes, responsible travel, cooperative projects and advocacy activities. These are carried out in partnership with other civil society organizations and communities in Japan, Northeast Asia and around the world.

Peace Boat carries out its main activities through a chartered passenger ship that travels the world on peace voyages. The ship creates a neutral, mobile space and enables people to engage across borders in dialogue and mutual cooperation at sea, and in the ports that we visit. Activities based in Japan and Northeast Asia are carried out from our seven Peace Centers in Japan.

 

Drawn by a 10 year old Vietnamese student

The ship’s first voyage was organized in 1983 by a group of Japanese university students as a creative response to government censorship regarding Japan’s past military aggression in the Asia-Pacific. They chartered a ship to visit neighbouring countries to learn at first hand about the war from those who experienced it.

Peace Boat raised about  $13,000 for Vietnamese victims of Agent Orange which  covered part of the construction costs for a facility for supporting victims. In  2009, Peace Boat visited the facility with  Japanese atomic bomb victims, and held the first exchange program there.

At short notice, readers are invited to join the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) and the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) who are hosting an event to welcome the Peace Boat and Japanese drummers and survivors from Hiroshima, Nagasaki and Fukushima at 17.30-19.00 in Greenwich Park, next to the Cutty Sark.

All governments will be called on to join the 16 countries that are leading the way for multilateral negotiations on a global treaty to ban nuclear weapons and to end reliance on nuclear power and invest in sustainable energy.

 

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