Peace Boat is an International Non-governmental and Non-profit organization that works to promote peace, human rights, equal and sustainable development and respect for the environment. Peace Boat seeks to create awareness and action based on effecting positive social and political change in the world. Peace Boat’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, eager to learn first-hand, they chartered a ship to visit neighboring countries with the aim of learning first-hand about the war from those who experienced it and initiating people-to-people exchange. Currently, Peace Boat has its main headquarters in New York City and Tokyo, along with eight Peace Boat volunteer centers throughout Japan and a branch association in Geneva, Switzerland.
The Peace Boat creates global educational programs, responsible travel, cooperative projects and advocacy activities. These activities are carried out on a partnership basis with other civil society organizations and communities around the world. Peace Boat carries out its main activities through a chartered passenger ship that travels the world on peace voyages and their partnerships with local organizations and travel agencies reflect their effort to utilize tourism in a progressive and educational form so as to contribute to global sustainability and peace. Peace Boat uses the ship as a vehicle to invite well-known lecture speakers and host 60 educational activities a day per three month voyage all in a unique range of learning experiences involving participation, learning by doing and being an active Global Youth in the development of a sustainable future free of violent conflict. You can also download a web version of Peace Boat’s introductory pamphlet “Across Borders” here in English, Spanish or French.“