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Join the 3-Part Interactive Online Series, Faiths Unite For Climate!

In Sustainable Development by SGI OUNA

The Interfaith Liaison Committee of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) welcomes friends from around the world to learn, discuss and explore climate action in the run-up to what should have been COP26. We welcome members from different religious communities, alongside scientists and policymakers, to meet and share their visions for faith-based climate action in 2020. Online Event …

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IUCN Virtual Dialogue: Spiritual Perspectives for a New Normal

In Sustainable Development by SGI OUNA

On 25 June, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) held a virtual dialogue with representatives from various faith and spiritual traditions to share their visions for a “new normal” in a post-2020 world.   Alexandra Masako Goossens-Ishii of SGI was invited to contribute to the first IUCN Virtual Dialogue of the #BuildBackBetter series from a Buddhist perspective, addressing …

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Interfaith Webinar Series on Human Rights, Ethics, and Climate Change

In Sustainable Development by SGI OUNA

As COP26, the United Nations Climate Change Conference, scheduled for 2020, was postponed and the 44th Session of the UN Human Rights Council (HRC44) in June was held virtually for the most part with no side events by civil society, the Geneva Interfaith Forum on Climate Change, Human Rights and the Environment (GIF) decided to contribute to and inform discussions …

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SGI’s 2020 peace proposal published on 26 January

In Peace and Disarmament, Sustainable Development by SGI OUNA

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 …

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UN Climate Change Conference COP 25 in Madrid

In Sustainable Development by SGI OUNA

Alexandra Masako Goossens-Ishii of SGI participated in the UN Climate Change Conference COP 25 held in Madrid, Spain on 2-13 December 2019. She joined ACT Alliance in its efforts to coordinate participation by FBOs and faith communities. She also joined the collaborative work of the Interfaith Liaison Committee of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) which released the …

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First “Global Conversation” on Climate Change

In Sustainable Development by SGI OUNA

SGI participated in the first Global Conversation on climate change organised by the Parliament of the World’s Religions, in partnership with SGI and others, on 5 December. Global Conversations are virtual gatherings on climate change with a diverse global interfaith community. Alexandra Masako Goossens-Ishii of SGI joined as one of the conversationalists representing a Buddhist perspective, along with other speakers …

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2019 APFC Annual Meeting

In Sustainable Development by SGI OUNA

The Asia Pacific Faith-Based Coalition for Sustainable Development (APFC) convened its annual meeting on 11-12 November in Kathmandu, Nepal, hosted by Islamic Relief Worldwide. Hiro Sakurai, who has represented SGI as convener of the Coalition for the past year, chaired the two-day internal sessions, covering topics such as the review of APFC’s activities, plans for the next 2 years and …

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UN Climate Action Summit and SDG Summit

In Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment, Sustainable Development by SGI OUNA

SGI was engaged in activities during the UN Climate Action Summit and first UN SDG Summit, held during the high-level week of the 74th session of the UN General Assembly. SGI representatives also attended the climate strike on 20 September and Youth Climate Summit on 21 September.  SGI organized a civil society side event on 23 September held at the …

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68th UN Civil Society Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah

In Peace and Disarmament, Sustainable Development by SGI OUNA

The 68th UN Civil Society Conference (formerly UN DPI/NGO Conference) took place from 26 to 28 August in Salt Lake City, the first U.S. city outside the UN Headquarters to host the conference. With the theme of “Building Inclusive and Sustainable Cities and Communities,” the conference attracted over 4,000 participants, the highest in the conference history, many of whom were …

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Side Event at High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development

In Sustainable Development by SGI OUNA

SGI participated in the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF). On 11 July, the SGI joined the Asia South Pacific Association for Basic and Adult Education, Conference of NGOs in Consultative Relationship with the UN, Global Call to Action Against Poverty, Asia Development Alliance, General Board of Church and Society, and the Episcopal Church Center in organizing a side …