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6th Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development

In Sustainable Development by SGI OUNA

The Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development (APFSD) took place from 27 to 29 March at the UN Conference Centre in Bangkok. Hiro Sakurai of SGI participated. At APFSD, SGI had a booth which showcased Mapting, a mobile app co-developed with the Earth Charter International for the promotion of the SDGs. Mapting was featured on 29 March at a side event …

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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 …

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Presentation on Gender, Race, Class and Nuclear Weapons at the WILPF UK Autumn Seminar

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

WILPF UK held its annual Autumn Seminar on 24 November, under the theme of “TPNW the Need for the UK and Other Nuclear Armed-States to Sign, How and Why.” During the event there were a number of presentations, followed by a workshop on how to conduct advocacy with parliamentarians and diplomats. Hayley Ramsay-Jones of SGI delivered a presentation titled “Gender, …

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ICAN Delegation at the World Forum on Urban Violence and Education for Coexistence and Peace

In Peace and Disarmament by SGI OUNA

Hayley Ramsay-Jones joined a delegation of campaigners for the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) at the “2nd World Forum on Urban Violence and Education for Coexistence and Peace,” held in Madrid, Spain, convened by Mayor Manuela Carmena on 5-8 November 2018. The purpose of the forum was to create “a meeting place for local leaders, international organisations and …

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2018 Parliament of the World’s Religions

In Human Rights Education, Sustainable Development by SGI OUNA

Over eight thousand participants from around the world representing some two hundred indigenous, spiritual, and religious traditions gathered in Toronto for the 2018 Parliament of the World’s Religions (PWR), held 1-7 November, under the theme of “The Promise of Inclusion, the Power of Love: Pursuing Global Understanding, Reconciliation, and Change.” Over 500 programs were featured across six major tracks. SGI …