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Online Launch of “Seeds of Hope & Action” Exhibition

In Environment and Climate Justice, Sustainable Development by SGI OUNA

On 25 and 26 February, the “Seeds of Hope & Action: Making the SDGs a Reality” exhibition was launched through three online events; two in English and one in Spanish. This exhibition, co-created by Earth Charter International (ECI) and SGI is the successor to the “Seeds of Hope: Visions of sustainability, steps toward change” exhibition that was launched in 2010. The …

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7th Annual Symposium on the Role of Religion and Faith-based Organizations in International Affairs

In Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment by SGI OUNA

SGI was one of seven faith-based partners including ACT Alliance, World Council of Churches, Islamic Relief USA, Seventh-Day Adventist Church, The United Methodist Church, United Religions Initiative (URI), together with UN Women and the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) who co-organized the 7th annual symposium on the Role of Religion and Faith-based Organizations in International Affairs. This year’s theme was: “2021: …

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Interview with Dr. Denis Mukwege, Gynecologist from the Democratic Republic of the Congo and recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize in 2018

In Culture of Peace, Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment by SGI OUNA

Dr. Denis Mukwege, Gynecologist from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and recipient of the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize was interviewed by the Seikyo Shimbun as part of its monthly Culture of Peace series. In 1999, Dr. Mukwege established the Panzi Hospital in Bukavu-city, Eastern DRC, where he has treated over 50,000 women who were victims of sexual violence …

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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 …