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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 …

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

In Peace and Disarmament by 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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UN Climate Change Conference COP 25 in Madrid

In Sustainable Development by SGI OUNA

Alexandra Masako Goossens-Ishii of SGI participated in the UN Climate Change Conference COP 25 held in Madrid, Spain on 2-13 December 2019. She joined ACT Alliance in its efforts to coordinate participation by FBOs and faith communities. She also joined the collaborative work of the Interfaith Liaison Committee of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) which released the …

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Youth Standing Up for Human Rights Education

In Human Rights Education by 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 Development by 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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Participated in the Annual Meeting of CCW

In Peace and Disarmament by SGI OUNA

The 2019 Meeting of the High Contracting Parties to the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons (CCW) was convened in Geneva on 13-15 November. It was decided that the CCW will discuss lethal autonomous weapons systems (LAWS) on 22-26 June and 10-14 August 2020. These meetings will focus on the “development of aspects of the normative and operational framework” on LAWS. …

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2019 APFC Annual Meeting

In Sustainable Development by 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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2019 UN General Assembly First Committee and Related Activities

In Peace and Disarmament by SGI OUNA

The 74th session of the UN General Assembly First Committee took place from 7 October to 8 November. Hayley Ramsay-Jones and Anna Ikeda of SGI attended parts of the sessions in October and November. They actively supported the activities of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) and Campaign to Stop Killer Robots, both of which SGI is a …

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UNECE Beijing+25 Regional Review

In Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment by 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 Disarmament by 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 …