Peace Boat: the Moroccan Journey.
In partnership with the UN SDG Action Campaign, the Moroccan NGO Atlas For Development and the Council of Young Leaders of Tangier, Peace Boat visited Morocco on 28th of May in Tangier for the third consecutive year after its launch in 2017.
The program, as part of the Ocean Ambassadors and Climate Change program which began on 24th of May in Malta, invited young people from Small Island Developing States (SIDS) to travel aboard the ship to raise awareness about the impacts of climate change. These young leaders of the Pacific Ocean, who are active on issues related to climate change and the degradation of the ocean, have travelled, in addition to multiple locations, to the Valetta in New York, through Granada (Spain), Tangier (Morocco), Ponta Delgada (Portugal).
Sun, Ramadan & Good Discussions.
The program in Tangier was diversified. In the morning, Peace Boat Ambassadors had a meeting with Moroccan activists from youth. The discussion tackled mainly climate change its impacts on our livelihood.
The fruitful exchange led the participants to discover a new type of dialogue called “The Talanoa Dialogue”. The name stems from an indigenous Pacific Island term that means “storytelling without concealment.” And it refers to a process of inclusive, participatory and transparent dialogue. That is by sharing personal stories to lay a foundation, identifying common goals that are responsive to those stories, and considering strategies to achieve those goals.
A set of three panels took place afterwards at the Boat, where an inter-generational discussion rose between experts and youth.
Climate Change and Education:
- Mrs. Rajae Chafil – Director of 4C Maroc.
- Mrs. Fadila Caillaud – Expert in social development at the World Bank Group.
- Mrs. Latifa Daadaoui – National Coordinator of Erasmus+ Bureau.
- Ms. Khadija Stewart – Ocean and Climate Youth Ambassador from Trinidad and Tobago.
- Mrs. Firdaous Zerzour – Young activist at Green Peace.
- Mr. Oussama Ghajjou – Youth Leader’s Council Tangier.
The Climate Crisis, the Ocean and the Silent Threat to Peace:
- H.E Mrs. Merethe Nergaard – Ambassador of Norway to Morocco.
- Mr. Philippe Poinsot – UN Resident Coordinator – Morocco.
- Mr. Asneil Jeffers – Ocean and Climate Youth Ambassador Montserrat.
- Mrs. Wiam Dacha – 2063 Academy Ambassador.
- Ms. Karima Rhanem – Head of the International Center of Diplomacy.
Moving Forward: The Role of Youth:
- Mr. Eparama Qerewaqa – Ocean and Climate Youth Ambassador from Fiji.
- Mrs. Nathalia Lawen – Ocean and Climate Youth Ambassador from Seychelles.
- Mrs. Fatima Zahra Benoughazi – Youth Leader’s Council Tangier.
- Mrs. Ikram Bellarabi – 2063 Academy Ambassador.
- Mrs. Laura Hildebrandt – Head of Outreach UN SDG Action Campaign.
Kids & SDGs.
The discussions during the panels brought together young people from all over the world and the Peace Boat ambassadors, which resulted in a productive and very rewarding exchange. Children, often excluded from similar activities, were in fact very much involved in the workshops. Organized by Atlas4Dev’s team in partnership with Mohammed VI Foundation, they were sessions dedicated to kids from schools from the region of Tangier about the Sustainable Development Goals.
The program concluded its journey by a tourist tour comprising of much sightseeing and admiration to the beautiful city of Tangier, also known as “The Bride of the North”.