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Joint Statement on Human Rights Education at HRC47

In Human Rights Education by SGI OUNA

During the 47th regular session of the Human Rights Council (HRC47), Dr. Koumbou Boly Barry, the Special Rapporteur on the Right to Education, presented her annual report on the cultural dimension of the right to education. On this occasion, Soka Gakkai International, on behalf of 24 members of the NGO Working Group on Human Rights Education and Learning (NGO WG …

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Webinar on Human Rights Education in Humanitarian Settings

In Human Rights Education by SGI OUNA

In view of World Refugee Day on 20 June and the 10th anniversary of the United Nations Declarations on Human Rights Education and Training (2011), The Global Protection Cluster Task Team on Human Rights Engagement hosted a webinar titled, “Human Rights Education in Humanitarian Settings: Challenges and Opportunities.”  The webinar was held on 17 June and was moderated by Elisa …

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Standing Up for Youth Rights: Civil Society in Solidarity

In Human Rights Education by SGI OUNA

During the RightsCon 2021, which took place from 7 to 11 June, SGI organized a session titled “Standing Up for Youth Rights: Civil Society in Solidarity” together with Accountability Lab, Global Fund for Children, and the World Organization of the Scout Movement. The conference session focused on the strength of young people who, even in an increasingly challenging environment for …

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Mapting Introduced at UNESCO Conference on Education for Sustainable Development

In Environment and Climate Justice by SGI OUNA

On 17 May, Earth Charter International and SGI organized a side event to the UNESCO World Conference on Education for Sustainable Development. The online event titled “Sharing positive actions on the SDGs and the Earth Charter, with Mapting” introduced an engaging social media app, Mapting, that was co-produced by the Earth Charter International and the SGI. Mapting allows people to …

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Together for the Planet: Interfaith Voices for more Ambitious Climate Action Webinar

In Environment and Climate Justice by SGI OUNA

On 28 April, an online webinar calling for more ambitious action ahead of the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26), was co-organized by SGI and other members of the Interfaith Liaison Committee to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The event gathered more than 100 participants, bringing together diverse voices calling for more ambitious …

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Interview with Ambassador Andrew Young, Former U.S. Ambassador to the UN and Civil Rights Leader

In Culture of Peace by SGI OUNA

Ambassador Andrew Young, Former U.S. Ambassador to the UN and civil rights leader, was interviewed by the Seikyo Shimbun as part of its monthly Culture of Peace series. Ambassador Young was born in 1932 in New Orleans. With Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., he threw himself into the American Civil Rights Movement and fought against racism. He served three terms …

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Advancing Young Women’s Leadership and Gender Equality at the CSW65

In Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment by SGI OUNA

SGI participated in the 65th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW65) from 15 to 26 March. The NGO CSW65 Virtual Forum gathered over 27,000 registrants with over 700 parallel events, while the UN’s official CSW session had 9,000 registrants with over 100 side events. Based on the CSW65 priority theme: “Women’s full and effective participation and …

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100 Seconds to Midnight: The Moral Imperative for Climate Protection and Nuclear Disarmament

In Peace and Disarmament by SGI OUNA

On 13 May, the Grassroots Advocacy Table of the United Religions Initiative (URI)’s Voices for a World Free of Nuclear Weapons Cooperation Circle organized an event “100 Seconds to Midnight.” Anna Ikeda of SGI, who was part of the organizing team, joined the panel discussion as one of the speakers.  The event addressed the two existential threats facing humanity and …

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Climate and Environment Advocacy at the 46th session of the UN Human Rights Council

In Environment and Climate Justice by SGI OUNA

During the 46th session of the UN Human Rights Council, SGI actively supported the call for the recognition of the right of all to a safe, clean, healthy, and sustainable environment. As part of the Global Coalition for the formal recognition of the right to a healthy environment, SGI co-sponsored a joint oral statement calling for this right to be …

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UNHCR and NGOs Consult on Countering Xenophobia, Racism, and Discrimination

In Human Rights Education by SGI OUNA

On 28 April, SGI attended the monthly consultation with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and NGOs on April’s topic of “Countering Xenophobia, Racism, and Discrimination.” This forum was an opportunity to further discuss how the UNHCR and NGOs can prevent and respond to xenophobia, racism, and discrimination, as well as to review the 2020 UNHCR Guidance on …