January 31, 2019

On January 26, 2019, the 37th annual peace proposal by Daisaku Ikeda, president of the Soka Gakkai International (SGI) Buddhist movement, was released, titled “Toward a New Era of Peace and Disarmament: A People-Centered Approach.”

The proposal’s main theme is the need for concerted effort in disarmament, particularly hastening progress toward abolition of nuclear weapons around the 2017 Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW). President Ikeda also stresses the dangers of emerging lethal autonomous weapons systems (LAWS) and proposes the prompt convening of a conference to negotiate...

October 19, 2018

On October 17, Mr. Kazuo Ishiwatari, Executive Director for Peace and Global Issues at Soka Gakkai International (SGI) met with Ms. Marissa Edwards (Guyana), Vice-Chair of the UN General Assembly First Committee, to hand over SGI’s public statement on disarmament addressed to the 73rd Session of the UN General Assembly.

The statement highlights fears about Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems (LAWS): “There exist common concerns about fundamental moral and ethical questions that LAWS raise regarding the right to life, the principles of international humanitarian and human rights law, as well as th...

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