On 26 January 2020, the 38th annual peace proposal of the Soka Gakkai International (SGI), titled “Toward Our Shared Future: Constructing an Era of Human Solidarity”, authored by its President Daisaku Ikeda, was released, marking the 45th anniversary of the founding of the SGI.
Climate action and nuclear weapons abolition are the main themes of SGI’s 2020 peace proposal, with a focus on the individual lives and suffering often hidden behind macroeconomic indices. The proposal describes climate change as “a fundamental challenge, on which the fate of humankind hinges,” and stresses that it threatens to render meaningless global efforts toward achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Consistent with SGI’s decades of action toward the abolition of nuclear weapons, the proposal urges efforts to ensure that the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) reaches 50 ratifications and thus enters into force this year, the 75th anniversary of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
The proposal concludes with a commitment to continued grassroots action, saying, “The SGI will further promote empowerment of, by and for the people, as we address the climate crisis and other challenges with an expanding movement of global solidarity.”
The 2020 SGI peace proposal was published in Japanese in the January 26 and 27 issues of the Seikyo Shimbun, a daily newspaper of Soka Gakkai in Japan. The English translation will be available mid February.