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Joint Interfaith Statement on Killer Robots – A Plea for Preserving our Shared Humanity

In Peace and Disarmament by SGI OUNA

On the occasion of the first International Day of Human Fraternity, Soka Gakkai International worked together with Pax Christi Northern California and the World Council of Churches to issue a joint interfaith statement “A Plea for Preserving our Shared Humanity” in support of the work of the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots. The statement reads, in part: “Our shared belief …

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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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Joint Interfaith Statement on the Entry into Force of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW)

In Peace and Disarmament by SGI OUNA

Welcoming the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) entering into force on 22 January 2021, over 160 organizations worldwide endorsed a joint interfaith statement coordinated by the Faith Communities Concerned About Nuclear Weapons, which SGI is part of. The endorsers of the statement congratulate, celebrate and appreciate the countries that have ratified and signed this important Treaty, …

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SGI’s Digital Tools Celebrating the Entry into Force of the TPNW

In Peace and Disarmament by SGI OUNA

On the occasion of the entry into force of the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) on 22 January 2021, SGI produced two educational tools to inform the public about the significance of this milestone. The treaty was adopted in July 2017 at the United Nations Headquarters. It is the first international law that comprehensively prohibits all …

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Observing Human Rights Day 2020: “Recover Better – Stand Up for Human Rights”

In Human Rights Education by SGI OUNA

Human Rights Day is observed every year on 10 December, the day the UN General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948. The theme for 2020, “Recover Better – Stand Up for Human Rights”, related to the COVID-19 pandemic and focused on the need to build back better by ensuring that human rights are central to recovery …

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2020 Humanitarian Disarmament Forum on “Race and Intersectionality”

In Peace and Disarmament by SGI OUNA

From 19 to 21 October, SGI and the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots co-hosted Part One of the 2020-2021 Humanitarian Disarmament Forum virtually, with a record attendance of 115 participants. This is an annual forum held parallel to the UN General Assembly First Committee session in the fall. Since 2012, the Forum has brought together campaigners from various humanitarian disarmament …

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NGO CSW/NY Monthly Meeting on Women, Peace and Security

In Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment by SGI OUNA

To mark the 20th anniversary of Security Council Resolution 1325 on women, peace and security, the NGO Committee on the Status of Women, New York held its monthly meeting virtually on 22 October titled “SCR1325 turns 20: Time to accelerate action.”  The first part of the program was a panel discussion with Anton Wislocki, First Secretary, Permanent Mission of Austria …

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Virtual Book Launch on the Culture of Peace

In Culture of Peace by SGI OUNA

On 13 December 2020, a global virtual book launch of Creating the Culture of Peace: A Clarion Call for Individual and Collective Transformation was hosted by Soka Gakkai International (SGI)-USA which gathered over 600 participants. The book is a dialogue between Ambassador Anwarul K. Chowdhury, former Under-Secretary-General and High Representative of the UN and Founder of the Global Movement for …

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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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Taking an Intersectional Approach to Fully Autonomous Weapons

In Peace and Disarmament by SGI OUNA

In August 2020, the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots’ Working Group on Intersectionality (WGI), which was established by the Campaign’s Steering Committee, conducted its first official meeting. The group was formed earlier this year, in recognition of the consequences and challenges posed by systemic and structural inequalities that exist within civil society. The primary objective of the group is to …