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Interview with Ambassador Anwarul K. Chowdhury, Former Under-Secretary-General and High Representative of the UN and Founder of the Global Movement for the Culture of Peace

In Peace and Disarmament by SGI OUNA

Ambassador Anwarul K. Chowdhury, former Under-Secretary-General and High Representative of the UN and Founder of the Global Movement for the Culture of Peace (GMCoP) was interviewed for 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 …

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The Third Preparatory Committee of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty

In Peace and Disarmament by SGI OUNA

SGI representatives attended the Third Preparatory Committee of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), held from 29 April to 10 May 2019 in New York. As part of the initiative of the Faith Communities Concerned about Nuclear Weapons, SGI worked with other religious and faith groups to develop an interfaith statement, which was delivered on 1 May by Dr. Emily Welty …

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Campaign to Stop Killer Robots Global Meeting and CCW GGE

In Peace and Disarmament by SGI OUNA

The Campaign to Stop Killer Robots held its first global meeting in Berlin, Germany from 21 to 23 March, to shift gears and move the Campaign’s work to preemptively ban fully autonomous weapons to “the next level” and convince states to launch negotiations on a treaty.  Following the global meeting, members of the Campaign attended the Group of Governmental Experts …

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40th Session of the Human Rights Council

In Human Rights Education, Peace and Disarmament by SGI OUNA

SGI actively participated in the 40th session of the Human Rights Council (HRC) from 25 February to 22 March. On 8 March, Elisa Gazzotti of SGI, on behalf of the NGO Working Group on Human Rights Education and Learning (NGO WG on HREL) delivered an oral statement co-signed by 17 organizations.  Resolution A/HRC/RES/39/3 adopted on 27 September 2018 requested the …

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63rd session of the Commission on the Status of Women

In Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment by SGI OUNA

SGI participated in the 63rd session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW63) from 11 to 22 March which gathered over 7,000 civil society representatives and delegates. Based on the CSW63 priority theme, SGI organized a parallel event titled “Young Women’s Leadership for Inclusive Social Protection Systems” co-sponsored by the Canadian Voice of Women for Peace, Footage Foundation, …

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World Interfaith Harmony Week at the United Nations in Geneva

In Sustainable Development by SGI OUNA

On 5 February 2019, the World Interfaith Harmony Week was observed with the event co-organized by the Foundation for GAIA and NGO Alliance on Global Concerns at the United Nations Office at Geneva. World Interfaith Harmony Week was proclaimed by the General Assembly in resolution A/RES/65/5 adopted on 20 October 2010, which reaffirms that mutual understanding and interreligious dialogue constitute …

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Earth Charter International Education Conference in Costa Rica

In Sustainable Development by SGI OUNA

From 29 to 31 January, Earth Charter International (ECI) hosted an international conference titled “Leading the Way to Sustainability 2030: Education, the Earth Charter and the Sustainable Development Goals” at the University for Peace in Costa Rica. Over 100 participants from 18 countries shared pedagogical approaches, materials and lessons learned in the search for transformational education processes for sustainable development …

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Interview with Ms. Jayathma Wickramanayake, UN Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth

In Peace and Disarmament by SGI OUNA

Earlier this year, the Seikyo Shimbun, the daily newspaper of Soka Gakkai in Japan, interviewed Ms. Jayathma Wickramanayake, UN Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth,  with the support of the SGI Office for UN Affairs. Ms. Wickramanayake spoke about her office’s work on youth, peace and security, particularly focusing on the Security Council Resolution 2250 on Youth, Peace and Security (YPS) and …

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9th International Conference on Human Rights Education

In Human Rights Education by SGI OUNA

The 9th International Conference on Human Rights Education was held 26-29 November 2018 in Sydney, Australia, under the theme of “Unleashing the Full Potential of Civil Society.” Over 300 participants gathered from all over the world, including representatives from academia, civil society, trade unions, national human rights institutions and students, commemorating the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human …