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Online World Conference 2020 Youth Assembly

In Peace and Disarmament by SGI OUNA

The online Youth Assembly took place on 2 May, attended by over 370 participants. The event was initially scheduled for 24 April as part of the World Conference 2020, right before the Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT), but it was transformed into an online meeting due to the COVID-19 outbreak. …

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Choosing Hope in the Time of COVID-19

In Uncategorized by SGI OUNA

We express our most sincere condolences to all who have suffered a loss during this unprecedented time in history and deep sympathy to everyone who has been impacted. We also extend our heartfelt gratitude and respect to all health workers and others risking their lives on the frontlines around the world. At this difficult period, when people are challenging feelings …

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43rd Session of the Human Rights Council

In Human Rights Education by SGI OUNA

The 43rd session of the Human Rights Council which started on 24 February was interrupted on 13 March due to the outbreak of the coronavirus. On 13 March, the NGO Working Group on Human Rights Education and Learning (NGO WG on HREL), chaired by Elisa Gazzotti of SGI, issued a joint oral statement on the fourth phase of the World …

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Second Global Meeting of the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots

In Peace and Disarmament by SGI OUNA

The Campaign to Stop Killer Robots held its second global meeting in Buenos Aires, Argentina, from 26 to 28 February. Over 80 campaigners gathered from around the world in the three-day event. Anna Ikeda of SGI participated. The overall goal of the meeting was to come together as the overall Campaign to discuss the urgency of launching multilateral negotiations on …

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Human Rights Education Exhibition at UNHCR

In Human Rights Education by SGI OUNA

On 24 January, the exhibition titled: “Transforming Lives: the Power of Human Rights Education” opened at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) headquarters in Geneva. The event was organized by the UNHCR, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), the NGO Working Group on Human Rights Education & Learning (NGO WG on HRE&L), …

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Workshop on Engagement of Faith-Based Organizations in Beijing+25

In Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment by SGI OUNA

At the start of 2020, marking the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action (Beijing+25), a full day workshop took place at the Church Center for the United Nations. On 28 January, SGI together with the World Council of Churches, ACT Alliance, Islamic Relief USA, The United Methodist Church, Seventh-day Adventist Church, United Religions Initiative, UN Women, …

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SGI’s 2020 peace proposal published on 26 January

In Peace and Disarmament, Sustainable Development by SGI OUNA

On 26 January 2020, the 38th annual peace proposal of the Soka Gakkai International (SGI), titled “Toward Our Shared Future: Constructing an Era of Human Solidarity”, authored by its President Daisaku Ikeda, was released, marking the 45th anniversary of the founding of the SGI. Climate action and nuclear weapons abolition are the main themes of SGI’s 2020 peace proposal, with …

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Interview with Dr. Betty Reardon, Peace Educator

In Peace and Disarmament by 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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“Transforming Lives: The Power of Human Rights Education” Symposium and Exhibition at UNESCO

In Human Rights Education by SGI OUNA

A symposium and exhibition titled “Transforming Lives: The Power of Human Rights Education” (on display from 10-18 December) were held at the UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, France. The event was co-organized by the Permanent Delegation of Slovenia to UNESCO, Soka Cultural Association of France, NGO Working Group on Human Rights Education and Learning (NGO WG on HREL), International Organization for …