On Sunday, December 10th, Peace Boat organized a special event to celebrate the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize being awarded to International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) at their headquarters in Tokyo.
ICAN is made up of 468 partner organizations in 101 countries and is headed by Executive Director Beatrice Fihn. No nuclear-armed nation has expressed support for a ban treaty; indeed, a number of them, including the United States,and Russia, has expressed explicit opposition. North Korea was the only nuclear state to vote for initiating ban negotiations.
Beatrice Fihn is a Swedish jurist. Since July 1, 2014 she is the Director of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapon.
Peace Boat has been working with Hibakusha (atomic bomb survivors) since 2008, as part of its Global Voyages for a Nuclear-Free World: Peace Boat Hibakusha Project, and has had the honour of being part of ICAN and its leadership since its inception. In 2008, Setsuko Thurlow was part of the first voyage with Hibakusha that Peace Boat organized around the world.
Peace Boat, a Japanese non-governmental organization which runs educational cruises, is working on an ambitious project to build the most sustainable vessel.
Now in the last stages of planning, the $500 million “Ecoship” built by Finland’s Arctech. It will be financed in part by impact investors who want to improve the world as well as make a profit. The “Ecoship” will be fueled by a much cleaner combination of solar panels, wind power and liquid natural gas, and should produce 40% less carbon dioxide than a traditional cruise ship.
- Peace Boat
- Nobel Peace Prize Award Ceremony – Public Viewing
- International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons
- Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons
Video: PEACE BOAT | The Ecoship Project