SGI representatives attended the Third Preparatory Committee of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), held from 29 April to 10 May 2019 in New York.
As part of the initiative of the Faith Communities Concerned about Nuclear Weapons, SGI worked with other religious and faith groups to develop an interfaith statement, which was delivered on 1 May by Dr. Emily Welty of the World Council of Churches. The statement reads, in part:
“We believe that this peacebuilding work requires courage, resilience and imagination. Our faith-based traditions have given us both the imperative to continue this humanitarian disarmament work, even, perhaps especially, when there are so many voices of despair and pessimism.”
The interfaith statement was also delivered to the NPT PrepCom Chair, Ambassador Syed Md Hasrin Syed Hussin of Malaysia.
In addition, Anna Ikeda of SGI actively participated in the activities of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, supporting the Campaign’s entry-into-force efforts and attending a Carribean regional breakfast hosted by the International Committee of the Red Cross.
Ikeda also took part in the activities of Amplify, an international network of young people in the field of nuclear abolition, which SGI has been supporting since its inception. During the NPT PrepCom, Amplify representatives were invited to deliver a presentation about their activities at the Mayors for Peace Youth Forum on 2 May. They also joined the Youth Breakfast with hibakusha, co-organized by PEAC Institute and ICRC as well as the Youth Briefing with the PrepCom Chair on 3 May.