Initiated by Soka Gakkai International (SGI), a partner of ICAN since 2007
SGI Representative Participates in the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize Award Ceremony
December 10, 2017
On December 10, the Nobel Peace Prize 2017 was awarded to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) in recognition of its role in achieving the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) in 2017. The award was accepted on behalf of ICAN by its executive director, Beatrice Fihn, and Setsuko Thurlow, a survivor of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima in 1945 who has long been working for nuclear disarmament. At the Nobel Peace Prize Award Ceremony held in Oslo, Fihn and Thurlow both delivered speeches urging the abolition of nuclear weapons.
Representing SGI, which has been an international partner of ICAN since 2007, Hirotsugu Terasaki, SGI director general of peace and global issues, participated in the ceremony. In his message, Terasaki congratulated ICAN on being awarded the prize, stressing “Nuclear weapons are dangerous from a security perspective. From an ethical and moral perspective, they are wrong. This renders them unacceptable in any hands. Today, with the geopolitical risks of nuclear conflict at almost unprecedented levels, it is vital that this awareness be shared widely by all people.” He also expressed SGI’s determination that the TPNW will serve as a crucial focus for the ongoing campaign for the abolition of these most inhumane of weapons, thereby helping humanity overcome its self-destructive impulses.