Voluntary commitment

Resilient Cities Campaign Awareness & DRR Leadership Building


We, Peace Boat,
… in accordance with the “Making Cities Resilient” Campaign Strategy,
… linked to the priorities of the Hyogo Framework for Action, and
… in overall agreement with the Resilient Cities Ten Point Checklist,
… agree to be a committed Official Campaign Partner to;
1. support, within our possibilities, the Making Cities Resilient Campaign as an organization,
2. promote the objectives and principles of the Campaign throughout 2010 and 2015,
3. share relevant experiences and technical information related to all aspects of urban resilience, including city to city learning, capacity development and offer areas of implementation
4. participate in national, regional and global forums in support of the Campaign

The goal of the campaign is to promote that local governments:
- Know more, by raising awareness of citizens and governments at all levels of the benefits of reducing urban risks.
- Invest wisely, by identifying budget allocations within local government funding plans to invest in disaster risk reduction activities.
- Build more safely, by including disaster risk reduction in participatory urban development planning processes and protect lives and critical infrastructure.

Peace Boat will use its unique position as a passenger-ship sailing around the world and visiting numerous cities each year to support, promote, share and participate in activities for the Making Cities Resilient Campaign. Our ship has the capacity to serve as:

>A messenger for the campaign, with its physical presence able to raise awareness in the ports we visit
>A venue for the campaign for delivering education and training programs
>A vehicle for the campaign, able to bring people and expertise to different regions of the world


Awareness Raising
Peace Boat will use its high media profile and global reach (approximately 60 ports visited annually) to draw attention to the “Resilient Cities Campaign” through:
- Resilient Cities logo to be painted on the side of vessel, visible to hundreds of thousands of people annually as vessel transits harbours and coastal areas
- Promoting the campaign through our regular press conferences held in ports-of-call
- Cooperation with local partners in ports of call to utilize occasion of ship’s call to enhance local awareness-raising activities
- Lobbying and information exchange visits with city officials and local authorities in ports of call Peace Boat visits

Education Programmes
To be delivered onboard to Peace Boat’s diverse participants, and in ports-of-call to groups gathered through partner organizations, the topics offered will include:
- Vocational Training: What is DRR (introductory); Disaster Volunteerism (training programs for volunteers and leaders to prepare them for disaster relief); Media education on DRR
- Workshops by international specialists in DRR Local leaders in DRR, private sector leaders with strong DRR policies, disaster survivors etc. will be invited onboard Peace Boat’s ship as International Guest Educators
- In-depth Analysis: Peace Boat’s Global University program will offer in-depth academic programs including exposure experience in ports on cross cutting themes and DRR (gender, climate change, poverty etc.)

Programmes in Ports-of-call
Variety of programmes to raise awareness of DRR and Resilient Cities campaign among Peace Boat participants and local partners in ports of call Peace Boat, including:
- Visits to DRR model cities
- Exchange and education programmes between voyage participants and local people in disaster-prone regions
- Testimonies and lessons-learned to be exchanged between survivors of Japan's Tohoku experience and other survivors around the world
- Workshops given by voyage participants in schools, community groups etc.

International student and exchange programmes onboard
- Youth DRR leadership programmes to be held onboard with DRR focus and mission to formulate action plans that they can campaign for when return home
- Conferences with youth that have been affected by disaster and how to build future
- Tohoku youth ambassadors: programme to encourage recovery among Tohoku youth and share their experience globally

International Cooperation Programmes
- Partnerships with other NGOs on DRR (signed MOU with NGO World Cares Center, New York)
- Regional conferences (ship can be used as a venue, or as a vehicle for bringing inter-regional participants together)
- Facilitating exchange between cities to mentor those less accomplished cities on DRR
- Use of Peace Boat’s extensive Global networks (peace, environmental etc.) to promote DRR as a cross-cutting theme


- Peace Boat will visit approximately 60 ports visited annually to draw attention to the “Resilient Cities Campaign”
- 3 to 4 education programs be delivered onboard to Peace Boat’s diverse participants on each global voyage (3 to 4 100 day global voyages per year)
- 1 to 3 “DRR and Resilience Building for Youth Leaders Programme” per year.
- 2 to 4 press events on each global voyage (3 to 4 100 day global voyages per year)

Means of verification

- Reports will be written and shared with partners verifying activities
- Reports submitted to ECOSOC as part of Peace Boat’s Special Consultative Status


March 2015 to Feb 2016 with extended extensions

Contact Person

President, Peace Boat Disaster Relief Volunter Center


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