August 6, 2020

On August 6, to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the Soka Gakkai released a statement calling for the elimination of nuclear weapons and the early entry into force of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW).

The Soka Gakkai pledges to exert all efforts for the complete elimination of nuclear weapons and also urges the Japanese government to move toward participation in the TPNW, stating, “At this deeply significant juncture, the government of Japan, the only country to have suffered atomic bombings during war, should announce its readin...

August 6, 2020

On August 6, the Soka Gakkai International (SGI), along with 189 organizations of different faith backgrounds, including Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Jain, Jewish, Muslim, and indigenous traditions, has signed a Joint Interfaith Statement on the 75th Anniversary of the Atomic Bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The statement affirms that “the presence of even one nuclear weapon violates the core principles of our different faith traditions and threatens the unimaginable destruction of everything we hold dear.” It lays out the environmental, health and economic consequences of a nuclear explosio...

January 26, 2020

On January 26, 2020, the 38th annual peace proposal by Daisaku Ikeda, president of the Soka Gakkai International (SGI) Buddhist network, titled Toward Our Shared Future: Constructing an Era of Human Solidarity was released, marking the anniversary of the founding of the SGI.

Climate action and nuclear weapons abolition are Ikeda’s main themes, with a focus on the individual lives and suffering often hidden behind macroeconomic indices. He describes climate change as “a fundamental challenge, on which the fate of humankind hinges,” and stresses that it threatens to render meaningless global ef...

November 20, 2019

From October 9 to 11, 2019, Rotary District 5550, World Peace Partners, Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, SGI-Canada and other organizations with endorsement from ICAN organized a three-day Youth Nuclear Peace Summit held at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights in Winnipeg, Canada. The Summit brought together students from 20 schools in Canada and the United States to discuss the human, environmental, economic, and political costs of nuclear weapons. As part of the program, the exhibition Everything You Treasure—For a World Free From Nuclear Weapons, created by SGI in collaboration with ICAN, was...

November 8, 2019

The 74th session of the UN General Assembly First Committee took place from October 7 to November 8. Hayley Ramsay-Jones and Anna Ikeda from the SGI Office for UN Affairs attended the session. They actively supported the activities of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons and the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots, both of which SGI is a member of. As part of the campaigns the SGI representatives encouraged and supported UN Member States to strengthen their disarmament positions by signing and ratifying the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons and calling for a prohibition...

November 7, 2019

The Amman Security Colloquium is a gathering of experts and officials on the security issues of the Middle East co-organized by Arab Institute for Security Studies (ACSIS), Government of the Netherlands, Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI) and the Stanton Foundation.

On the second day of the 12th Colloquium, Kimiaki Kawai of SGI delivered a presentation entitled “What is the Future We All Deserve? A Civil Society Perspective for a World Free from Nuclear Weapons.” He focused on two key questions: What is the role and importance of civil society with regard to issues of nuclear weapons which are h...

October 11, 2019

On October 11, 2019, at the UN Headquarters in New York, the Austrian Mission and Hibakusha Appeal hosted a side event, with the support of SGI and Peace Boat, where Ambassador H.E. Jan Kickert of the Austria Mission to the UN warmly recognized ICAN partners' efforts as a driving force to make the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) more widely accepted and expressed his gratitude especially to the life-long dedication of the hibakusha.

Toshiki Fujimori, assistant secretary general of Nihon Hidankyo (Japan Confederation of A- and H-Bomb Sufferers Organizations) and a Hiroshima A...

October 3, 2019

The exhibition titled “Everything You Treasure―For a World Free From Nuclear Weapons” was shown at the Library of the First President of the Republic of Kazakhstan – Elbasy in Nur-Sultan (Astana), from October 2 to 13, to mark the 30th anniversary of the end of nuclear weapons testing at the Semipalatinsk nuclear weapons test site and the 10th anniversary of the Central Asian Nuclear-Weapon-Free Zone Treaty (CANWFZ).

Co–sponsored by the Soka Gakkai International (SGI), the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) and the Library of the First President of the Republic of Kazakhst...

September 16, 2019

An antinuclear weapons symposium commemorating the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons was held in Tokyo on September 16, 2019, inviting youth and experts from various perspectives, to shed light on future endeavors toward a world free from nuclear weapons.

At the event, Masako Wada, assistant secretary General of Nihon Hidankyo (Japan Confederation of A- and H-Bomb Sufferers Organizations) and a Nagasaki A-bomb survivor herself, gave her testimony. Many of the participants consisted of young people who for the first time were able to hear direct stories about the hor...

June 25, 2019

On June 19 and 20, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Guyana and ICAN, with the support of co-organizers including SGI, convened a Caribbean Regional Forum on the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) in Georgetown, Guyana. The forum was held to explore the role of the member states of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) in supporting the early entry into force of the TPNW and demonstrate its continued commitment to realizing a world without nuclear weapons.

The meeting brought together diplomats and experts from ten of the fifteen member states of CARICOM in a range of fields inclu...

April 26, 2019

On April 26, the SGI made public a statement to the third session of the Preparatory Committee for the 2020 Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) to be held in New York from April 29 to May 10.

The statement points out that in the given deteriorating security environment, the NPT is facing renewed challenges, and that if the NPT is to be maintained and fulfill its original purpose, states parties must refocus on the common ground to which they have all agreed and committed themselves.

It reaffirms that the catastrophic humanitarian conse...

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...

September 25, 2018

A symposium titled “Do they really protect everything you treasure? — Looking at nuclear weapons from humanitarian and gender perspectives” was held at the Nippon Seinenkan Hotel in Tokyo on September 22 as one of SGI’s events in the run-up to the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons on September 26.

Organized by the Soka Gakkai Peace Committee with support from the Embassy of Costa Rica, the symposium explored the issues of nuclear weapons and security featuring five speakers: Her Excellency Laura Esquivel Mora, Ambassador of Costa Rica, Dr. Masao Tomonaga, Acting Com...

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