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Nairobi, January 11, 2010: Youth from eleven African countries will be joining their colleagues from Japan aboard the 68th Voyage of the Peace Boat scheduled to arrive in Africa on January 19, at the Kenyan harbour of Mombasa.

The Peace Boat, a Japan-based international non-governmental initiative, carries out annual cruises that sail from Yokohama through ports around the world promoting human rights, sustainable development and respect for the environment.

For the second year running, the organization is partnering with the UN Millennium Campaign to keep the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in the public domain and in view of decision makers.

During this year’s voyage, youth —who constitute the largest share of many populations but remain voiceless and marginalized — have been given space on the vessel to put their case forward. African youth will participate in an MDG forum aboard the ship from the January 20-28.

The forum, which aims to develop a youth action agenda for achieving the MDGs in Africa, will be conducted under the theme “Working out of Poverty: A Decent Work Approach to Development and MDGs.” The forum will seek to provide a unique space for dialogue on the opportunities and challenges of applying the decent work approach to development and growth in Africa.

The ship will make stops in Mombasa, Kenya and Cape Town, South Africa.

In Kenya, the youth will be part of a press conference that will be held on January 20 at the Mombasa harbour featuring a specially-choreographed MDGs dance, as well as a public forum at Mombasa Polytechnic.

The MDGs Dance Project will be performed at various ports throughout the global voyage. The group will also collect signatures on a large banner calling for the achievement of the MDGs.

In South Africa, the youth will form a football team to play against players from the Homeless World Cup in Skaapkraal, Cape Town.

The recommendations, messages and petitions collected during the voyage in Africa will be delivered to the governments of the participating youth, the government of Japan and Japanese embassies in the represented African countries.

Visit http://peaceboatmdgs.wordpress.com for daily updates on the discussions onboard.