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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 …

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25th International Sustainable Development Research Society (ISDRS) Conference

In Sustainable Development by SGI OUNA

From June 26 to June 28, the 25th International Sustainable Development Research Society (ISDRS) Conference took place Nanjing University. The ISDRS is a global network of sustainable development professionals that links researchers in academia and practitioners from all continents in order to expand collaboration and exchange of knowledge, experiences, best practices and critical reviews. Alexandra Masako Goossens-Ishii of SGI attended …

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CoNGO Regional Committee in Asia-Pacific

In Sustainable Development by SGI OUNA

The Conference of NGOs in Consultative Relationship with the UN (CoNGO) convened the third annual meeting of the Regional Committee in Asia-Pacific (RCAP) at Siam University in Bangkok, Thailand from 29 to 30 May. With the theme of “The UN Sustainable Development Goals and Civil Society – National and Local Implementation and Follow-up,” CoNGO invited NGOs in the region to …

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6th Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development

In Sustainable Development by SGI OUNA

The Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development (APFSD) took place from 27 to 29 March at the UN Conference Centre in Bangkok. Hiro Sakurai of SGI participated. At APFSD, SGI had a booth which showcased Mapting, a mobile app co-developed with the Earth Charter International for the promotion of the SDGs. Mapting was featured on 29 March at a side event …