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...

May 2, 2019

On May 1, a diverse group of faith-based organizations and individuals committed to a nuclear-weapon-free world presented a joint statement at the third session of the Preparatory Committee for the 2020 Review Conference of the Parties to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT). The statement was read by Emily Welty of World Council of Churches (WCC) on behalf of the group, “Faith Communities Concerned about Nuclear Weapons,” during the session for statements from civil society.

The statement has been endorsed by 53 groups and individuals of Christian, Muslim, Hindu and Buddhist affiliations...

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...

October 18, 2018

On October 16, Faith Communities Concerned about Nuclear Weapons, a group of diverse faith-based organizations and individuals committed to nuclear weapons abolition, presented a joint statement on the occasion of the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly First Committee in New York.

The statement was introduced by Bruce Knotts, President of the NGO Committee on Disarmament, Peace and Security, during a side event “To Safeguard Future Generations – Multi-Faith Responses To The Threat of Nuclear Weapons.”

The statement, endorsed by 14 groups and individuals from different faiths, including Chri...

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