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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 25,000 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 decision-making …

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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 …

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SGI Presents on Climate Initiatives at ECOS Community Call

In Environment and Climate Justice by SGI OUNA

On 10 March, Alexandra Goossens-Ishii and Hayato Yamashita of SGI presented at the Education, Communication & Outreach Stakeholders Community (ECOS) community call. These community calls have been an opportunity for ECOS members to collaborate and enhance climate change education, communication, and outreach. During the community call, Goossens-Ishii and Yamashita presented an overview of SGI’s engagement with the UN and some …

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Online Launch of “Seeds of Hope & Action” Exhibition

In Environment and Climate Justice, Sustainable Development by SGI OUNA

On 25 and 26 February, the “Seeds of Hope & Action: Making the SDGs a Reality” exhibition was launched through three online events; two in English and one in Spanish. This exhibition, co-created by Earth Charter International (ECI) and SGI is the successor to the “Seeds of Hope: Visions of sustainability, steps toward change” exhibition that was launched in 2010. The …

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7th Annual Symposium on the Role of Religion and Faith-based Organizations in International Affairs

In Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment by SGI OUNA

SGI was one of seven faith-based partners including ACT Alliance, World Council of Churches, Islamic Relief USA, Seventh-Day Adventist Church, The United Methodist Church, United Religions Initiative (URI), together with UN Women and the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) who co-organized the 7th annual symposium on the Role of Religion and Faith-based Organizations in International Affairs. This year’s theme was: “2021: …

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Interview with Dr. Denis Mukwege, Gynecologist from the Democratic Republic of the Congo and recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize in 2018

In Culture of Peace, Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment by SGI OUNA

Dr. Denis Mukwege, Gynecologist from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and recipient of the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize was interviewed by the Seikyo Shimbun as part of its monthly Culture of Peace series. In 1999, Dr. Mukwege established the Panzi Hospital in Bukavu-city, Eastern DRC, where he has treated over 50,000 women who were victims of sexual violence …