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Interview with UN Under-Secretary-General Izumi Nakamitsu, High Representative for Disarmament Affairs

In Culture of Peace, Peace and Disarmament by SGI OUNA

UN Under-Secretary-General Izumi Nakamitsu, High Representative for Disarmament Affairs was interviewed by the Seikyo Shimbun as part of its monthly Culture of Peace series. Ms. Nakamitsu covered topics such as the United Nation’s 75th anniversary, the 25th anniversary of UN Security Council Resolution 1325, the role of civil society in supporting the UN, how to accelerate actions for nuclear disarmament …

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Seminar on Human Rights Engagement at the Global Protection Forum

In Human Rights Education by SGI OUNA

In September, the Global Protection Forum brought together 3,000 experts to discuss real-time protection challenges, share experiences and provide strategic direction for protection actors and the Global Protection Cluster (GPC). GPC is a network of non-governmental organizations (NGOs), international organizations and UN agencies engaged in protection work in humanitarian crises including armed conflict, climate change and natural disasters. As part …

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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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SGI Statement on the Ratification of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons by 50 States

In Peace and Disarmament by SGI OUNA

On the occasion of the ratification of the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) by the 50th state party, Honduras, on October 24, 2020, Soka Gakkai International made the following statement. The press release announcing the statement is available via Religion News Service. [Photo credit: ICAN/Ralf Schlesener] We wish to wholeheartedly welcome the ratification, on October 24, …

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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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Interview with Dr. Mamphela Ramphele, Co-President of the Club of Rome

In Culture of Peace, Peace and Disarmament by SGI OUNA

Dr. Mamphela Ramphele, renowned activist, medical doctor, academic, global public servant, political thinker, and Co-President of the Club of Rome was interviewed by the Seikyo Shimbun as part of its monthly Culture of Peace series. During the interview, Dr. Ramphele stresses that in the face of our unprecedented global crisis, now is a rare moment for us to make fundamental …