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Interview with Dr. Betty Reardon, Peace Educator

In Peace and Disarmamentby SGI OUNA

Dr. Betty Reardon, a peace educator, was interviewed by the Seikyo Shimbun, a Japanese daily newspaper, as part of its monthly Culture of Peace informational series throughout 2019 to mark the 20th anniversary of the United Nations Declaration and Programme of Action on a Culture of Peace (UN General Assembly Resolution A/53/243) this year. Dr. Reardon gives insights into what …

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Interview with Ms. Beatrice Fihn, International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons Executive Director

In Peace and Disarmamentby SGI OUNA

Ms. Beatrice Fihn, Executive Director of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) was interviewed by the Seikyo Shimbun, a Japanese daily newspaper, as part of its monthly Culture of Peace informational series throughout 2019 to mark the 20th anniversary of the United Nations Declaration and Programme of Action on a Culture of Peace (UN General Assembly Resolution A/53/243) this …

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Youth Standing Up for Human Rights Education

In Human Rights Educationby SGI OUNA

On 9 December 2019, the Permanent Mission of Slovenia to the UN, in partnership with the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), organized an event to launch the 4th phase (2020-2024) of the World Programme for Human Rights Education, dedicated to youth, as part of the celebration of Human Rights Day 2019. The Human Rights Council has …

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First “Global Conversation” on Climate Change

In Sustainable Developmentby 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 Developmentby 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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UNECE Beijing+25 Regional Review

In Gender Equality and Women's Empowermentby SGI OUNA

Ivy Koek of SGI participated in the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Beijing+25 Regional Review Meeting held on 29-30 October at the Palais de Nations. The meeting provided a forum for UNECE Member States to review progress and identify challenges in the implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action, and 51 national reports were submitted. A Civil Society Forum …

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Nonviolence Radio – Do Nuclear Weapons Make Us Safe?

In Peace and Disarmamentby SGI OUNA

On 25 October, Anna Ikeda of SGI was invited to join Nonviolence Radio. Hosted by the Metta Center for Nonviolence‘s Stephanie Van Hook and Michael Nagler, Nonviolence Radio airs every other Friday at 9:00 am PST, broadcasting live from community radio station KWMR. During the 30-minute interview, Ikeda discussed various themes related to nuclear disarmament, including its connection with nonviolence …

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UN Climate Action Summit and SDG Summit

In Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment, Sustainable Developmentby 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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Article by Dr. Sarah Ann Wider, Professor of English at Colgate University

In Peace and Disarmamentby SGI OUNA

Dr. Sarah Wider, Professor of English at Colgate University wrote an article for the readers of the Seikyo Shimbun, a Japanese daily newspaper, addressing the theme of dialogue as a contribution to its monthly Culture of Peace series throughout 2019 to mark the 20th anniversary of the United Nations Declaration and Programme of Action on a Culture of Peace (UN General …

UN Expert Workshop on Racism and Information Technology

In Peace and Disarmamentby SGI OUNA

A UN expert workshop on the impact of new information technologies on racial equality was convened on 16-17 October by E. Tendayi Achiume, the UN Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance, at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) School of Law. The meeting was sponsored by the UN Office of the High Commissioner …