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SGI’s 2021 Peace Proposal Published

In Peace and Disarmament, Sustainable Development by SGI OUNA

On 26 January 2021, the 39th annual peace proposal of the Soka Gakkai International (SGI), titled “Value Creation in a Time of Crisis”, authored by its President Daisaku Ikeda, was released, marking the anniversary of the founding of the SGI. The proposal calls for further global cooperation to address the key issues of our time: the COVID-19 pandemic, the climate …

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Faiths Unite: Visions for Transformative Climate Action

In Sustainable Development by SGI OUNA

From late October to early November, SGI co-organized a 3-part interactive online event series “Faiths Unite: Visions for Transformative Climate Action,” together with several faith-based organizations active in the Interfaith Liaison Committee (ILC) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).  The events gathered hundreds of participants from various backgrounds, including faith leaders, scientists, and policymakers.  At the first …

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Global Call for the Recognition of the Right to a Healthy Environment

In Sustainable Development by SGI OUNA

On 11 September, more than 950 civil society organizations, social movements, local communities and Indigenous Peoples worldwide issued a Global Call for the UN Human Rights Council to recognize without delay the human right to a safe, clean, healthy and sustainable environment. The Call states, in part:  “A healthy environment is essential for human life and dignity. The air we …

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Call for a Special Procedures Mandate on Human Rights and Climate Change

In Sustainable Development by SGI OUNA

During the 45th Session of the Human Rights Council, SGI, together with other members of the Geneva Interfaith Forum on Climate Change, the Environment and Human Rights, issued a written and an oral statement calling for the establishment of such a special procedures mandate on human rights and climate change. While acknowledging the ongoing efforts of the Council in responding to the …

Written Statement on COVID-19 and Climate Change at the 44th Session of the Human Rights Council 

In Sustainable Development by SGI OUNA

On 17 June, during the 44th Session of the UN Human Rights Council, the Geneva Interfaith Forum on Climate Change, the Environment and Human Rights, of which SGI is a member, issued a written statement on COVID-19 and climate change. The statement recalls that the COVID-19 pandemic and human-induced climate change are rooted in an unjust and ecologically unsustainable economic system …

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Side Event on FBOs and the 2030 Agenda at the UN High-Level Political Forum

In Sustainable Development by SGI OUNA

On 7 July, the Asia Pacific Faith-Based Coalition for Sustainable Development (APFC), which SGI is one of the founding organizations, hosted a side event titled “Faith-Based Organizations Accelerating Action and Delivery in Advancing the 2030 Agenda: Partnership in Action in Asia-Pacific” during the UN High-Level Political Forum. The event served as an opportunity for participants to share best practices and …

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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 …