Floating Festival for Sustainability

The world’s largest passenger ship sailing around the world for peace, sustainability and innovation stopped in New York City for two days — October 20 and 21, 2016 — as part of Peace Boat’s 92nd Global Voyage for Peace.

Established in 1983, the award-winning international non-profit organization Peace Boat has Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations and is associated with the UN Department of Public Information (DPI).

The invitation to its Floating Festival for Sustainability, which took place during the evening of October 20 in New York, began with this introduction:

“Peace Boat is a committed campaigner for the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, and with the cooperation of the UN Department of Public Information is proud to have launched a huge Global Goals logo on the hull of its ship at the departure of the 92nd Global Voyage from Japan on August 18 ...


“This logo is now traveling around the world to promote the United Nations 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals throughout a three-month journey, traveling to 25 ports during this voyage, and more than 80 countries around the world annually. It is hoped that people in each country visited during the voyage will be inspired to make an active engagement in achieving the goals.”

The Floating Festival for Sustainability included exhibitions, cultural performances, speakers, an eco-fashion show, and a party with music and dance. More than 700 guests, with representatives from the United Nations, the diplomatic community, sustainability and innovation pioneers, civil society partners and the general New York community will attend the event.



All of the photos, with a few exceptions, were taken by Isaac Humphrie.




Exhibitions ...

The auditorium ...

The performance ...

The speakers greet each other. Peace Boat Director Yoshioka Tatsuya speaks. And the speakers, including the United Nations Deputy Secretary General Jan Eliasson, Cora Weiss of the Hague Appeal for Peace, and several more, following an old tradition, open the saki barrel with wooden hammers.

The eco-fashion show, following the models' presentations one by one, ends with the group together to acknowledge the applause.

The saki is served. The musicians begin to play. And people begin to dance.

Meanwhile, a new idea has been developing.

The Peace Boat Ecoship design was the result of a charette in Hamburg, Germany, in April 2014, involving experts in naval architecture, marine engineering, renewable energy, energy efficiency, maritime law, biomimicry, and biophilia. The result was a new flagship design for the Peace Boat, with radical energy efficiency, retractable wind generators, photovoltaic sails, solar power generation, aerodynamic shape, and a hydrodynamic hull inspired by the whale. The Peace Boat Ecoship is expected to sail in 2020.