Peace and Disarmament

Our activities for peace and disarmament originate from the 1957 anti-nuclear declaration made by the second president of the Soka Gakkai, Josei Toda. Viewing nuclear weapons as a manifestation of the bleakest aspects of the human heart, that is, the total disregard for the sanctity of life, we work toward their complete abolition.

In this focus area, we broadly work on issues including:

Networks and Campaigns We Primarily Work With 
  • Amplify 
  • Faith Communities Concerned about Nuclear Weapons 
  • International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons 
Relevant Resources

Reshape History” 
SGI produced this animation in cooperation with International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), which informs people about the dangers of nuclear weapons and the importance of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.
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Interview with Setsuko Thurlow, Atomic Bomb Survivor
In this video produced by ICAN during the negotiations for the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, Hayley Ramsay-Jones interviews Hibakusha and longtime nuclear disarmament activist Setsuko Thurlow about her thoughts, experiences and hopes for the future.
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“Youth and Nuclear Disarmament”
During the negotiations for the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, Hayley Ramsay-Jones was interviewed by the Peace Foundation New Zealand to talk about the importance of youth engagement in nuclear disarmament.
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Hiroshima and Nagasaki: That We Never Forget
This book published by SGI shares the stories of over 50 hibakusha—atomic bomb survivors—from Nagasaki and Hiroshima.
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Everything You Treasure—For a World Free From Nuclear Weapons
This exhibition, co-created by SGI and ICAN, examines the nuclear weapons issue from 12 perspectives and how each person can be part of the solution to abolishing them. It is available in English, Spanish and Japanese.
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From a Culture of Violence to a Culture of Peace: Toward a World Free From Nuclear Weapons 
Produced by SGI, the exhibition highlights the synergy between the goals of human security and disarmament, particularly nuclear weapons abolition. It also refers to the personal dimensions of disarmament, suggesting that the issue of nuclear weapons provides us with an opportunity to fundamentally change our mindset as we engage in the challenge of moving from a culture of violence to a culture of peace. It is available in English, Spanish, Arabic and Japanese.
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Testimonies of Hiroshima and Nagasaki: Women Speak Out for Peace
This DVD created by SGI features hibakusha sharing their testimonies about their experience of the atomic bombings in Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Subtitles in Japanese, English, Spanish, French, Traditional Chinese and Simplified Chinese. Voiceover available in German.
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Documents and Statements

Thematic Papers for the Progress Study on Youth, Peace and Security: These papers were submitted by SGI to the UN as a contribution to the Progress Study on Youth Peace and Security, which was mandated by the UN Security Council Resolution 2250 and aims to highlight young people’s positive contributions to peace and security.

  • The Role of Youth in Nuclear Disarmament; Examining the Project, “The People’s Decade for Nuclear Abolition.” Download Paper
  • Disaster Recovery and Youth, Peace and Security:
    Examining the Project, “The SOKA Global Action.” Download Paper

Disarmament Education – For a Truly Universal Treaty (in Nuclear Ban Daily Vol. 2, No. 13, p. 3)
In this issue of Nuclear Ban Daily, a publication produced by Reaching Critical Will to provide news and analysis from the UN conference to negotiate a legally binding instrument to prohibit nuclear weapons, leading towards their total elimination, SGI speaks about the role and importance of peace and disarmament education in making the TPNW a universal treaty.
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20 June 2017 – SGI Statement on Disarmament Education, delivered at the United Nations conference to negotiate a legally binding instrument to prohibit nuclear weapons, leading towards their total elimination.
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16 June 2017 – SGI Statement on the Preamble Text, delivered at the United Nations conference to negotiate a legally binding instrument to prohibit nuclear weapons, leading towards their total elimination.
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6 June 2017 – SGI Working Paper “Comments and Proposals for the Draft Convention on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons” (A/CONF.229/2017/NGO/WP.25).
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23 March 2017 – SGI Working Paper “On the Objectives and Significance of Prohibiting Nuclear Weapons” (A/CONF.229/2017/NGO/WP.8).
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March 2017 – Statement by the Faith Communities Concerned about Nuclear Weapons, delivered at the United Nations conference to negotiate a legally binding instrument to prohibit nuclear weapons, leading towards their total elimination.
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Contact: Hayley Ramsay-Jones at hayley.rj@sgi-ouna.org and Anna Ikeda at aikeda@sgi-ouna.org