JAPANESE SO CALLED ‘PEACE BOAT’ IN TAHITI

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NGO promotes peace, human rights, sustainable development

PAPEÉTE, Tahiti (Tahitipresse, Mar 27, 2009)—The ship of the non-governmental organization "Peace Boat" arrived in Tahiti Friday morning. The ship arrived from Easter Island and is scheduled to leave for New Caledonia Friday night.

The ship has 575 passengers and 295 crew members, mostly Japanese citizens.

Peace Boat is a Japan-based international non-governmental and non-profit organization that works to promote peace, human rights, equal and sustainable development and respect for the environment. The organization was thus founded in 1983 "in order to develop ties of cooperation and to support regional initiatives in the areas of rights of man and long term development".

Peace Boat's 64th Global Voyage departed from Yokohama, Japan, on January 15. The ship will spend 95 days travelling throughout the southern hemisphere. The continuation of environmental education programmes initiated during the ship's inaugural visit to the Antarctic region in early 2008 will be a highlight.

Through programmes focusing on the "Global South", participants will learn about and experience key issues such as poverty, sustainable development, indigenous identities, the lingering effects of colonialism, as well as the creative and vibrant ways communities are dealing with these issues and creating their own solutions.

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