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Interview with Ambassador Anwarul K. Chowdhury, Former Under-Secretary-General and High Representative of the UN and Founder of the Global Movement for the Culture of Peace

In Peace and Disarmament by SGI OUNA

Ambassador Anwarul K. Chowdhury, former Under-Secretary-General and High Representative of the UN and Founder of the Global Movement for the Culture of Peace (GMCoP) was interviewed for the Seikyo Shimbun, a Japanese daily newspaper,  as part of its monthly Culture of Peace informational series throughout 2019 to mark the 20th anniversary of the United Nations Declaration and Programme of Action …

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The Third Preparatory Committee of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty

In Peace and Disarmament by SGI OUNA

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 …

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Campaign to Stop Killer Robots Global Meeting and CCW GGE

In Peace and Disarmament by SGI OUNA

The Campaign to Stop Killer Robots held its first global meeting in Berlin, Germany from 21 to 23 March, to shift gears and move the Campaign’s work to preemptively ban fully autonomous weapons to “the next level” and convince states to launch negotiations on a treaty.  Following the global meeting, members of the Campaign attended the Group of Governmental Experts …

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40th Session of the Human Rights Council

In Human Rights Education, Peace and Disarmament by SGI OUNA

SGI actively participated in the 40th session of the Human Rights Council (HRC) from 25 February to 22 March. On 8 March, Elisa Gazzotti of SGI, on behalf of the NGO Working Group on Human Rights Education and Learning (NGO WG on HREL) delivered an oral statement co-signed by 17 organizations.  Resolution A/HRC/RES/39/3 adopted on 27 September 2018 requested the …

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Interview with Ms. Jayathma Wickramanayake, UN Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth

In Peace and Disarmament by SGI OUNA

Earlier this year, the Seikyo Shimbun, the daily newspaper of Soka Gakkai in Japan, interviewed Ms. Jayathma Wickramanayake, UN Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth,  with the support of the SGI Office for UN Affairs. Ms. Wickramanayake spoke about her office’s work on youth, peace and security, particularly focusing on the Security Council Resolution 2250 on Youth, Peace and Security (YPS) and …

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Presentation on Gender, Race, Class and Nuclear Weapons at the WILPF UK Autumn Seminar

In Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment, Peace and Disarmament by SGI OUNA

WILPF UK held its annual Autumn Seminar on 24 November, under the theme of “TPNW the Need for the UK and Other Nuclear Armed-States to Sign, How and Why.” During the event there were a number of presentations, followed by a workshop on how to conduct advocacy with parliamentarians and diplomats. Hayley Ramsay-Jones of SGI delivered a presentation titled “Gender, …

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ICAN Delegation at the World Forum on Urban Violence and Education for Coexistence and Peace

In Peace and Disarmament by SGI OUNA

Hayley Ramsay-Jones joined a delegation of campaigners for the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) at the “2nd World Forum on Urban Violence and Education for Coexistence and Peace,” held in Madrid, Spain, convened by Mayor Manuela Carmena on 5-8 November 2018. The purpose of the forum was to create “a meeting place for local leaders, international organisations and …

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2018 UN General Assembly First Committee

In Peace and Disarmament by SGI OUNA

In October, SGI representatives attended the UN General Assembly First Committee and related activities on the margins, including the Humanitarian Disarmament Forum (13-14 October). During the First Committee, SGI supported a side event titled “To Safeguard Future Generations—Multi-Faith Responses to the Threat of Nuclear Weapons” held on 16 October. The event was organized by the NGO Committee on Disarmament, Peace …

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Panel Discussion on Hope amidst the Time of Nuclear Dangers

In Peace and Disarmament by SGI OUNA

On 2 June 2018, Quakers UK held a panel discussion on the time of nuclear dangers at the Brentford and Isleworth Quaker Meeting House. SGI joined the panel discussion along with Ms. Ruth Cadbury, Member of Parliament for Brentford and Isleworth; Dr. Rebecca Johnson, International Steering Group member of ICAN and Executive Director of Acronym Institute for Disarmament Diplomacy; and …