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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 …

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2018 UN General Assembly First Committee

In Peace and Disarmament by SGI OUNA

In October, SGI representatives attended the UN General Assembly First Committee and related activities on the margins, including the Humanitarian Disarmament Forum (13-14 October). During the First Committee, SGI supported a side event titled “To Safeguard Future Generations—Multi-Faith Responses to the Threat of Nuclear Weapons” held on 16 October. The event was organized by the NGO Committee on Disarmament, Peace …

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Workshop on Human Rights Education and Inclusive Peace at Caux Forum

In Human Rights Education by SGI OUNA

From 11 to 15 July, SGI participated in the Caux Forum organized by Initiatives of Changes, a worldwide movement of people of diverse cultures and backgrounds, who are committed to the transformation of society through changes in human behavior, starting with their own. The five-day conference titled “Towards an inclusive peace,” aimed at addressing peacebuilding from different perspectives, engaging people …

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Panel Discussion on Hope amidst the Time of Nuclear Dangers

In Peace and Disarmament by SGI OUNA

On 2 June 2018, Quakers UK held a panel discussion on the time of nuclear dangers at the Brentford and Isleworth Quaker Meeting House. SGI joined the panel discussion along with Ms. Ruth Cadbury, Member of Parliament for Brentford and Isleworth; Dr. Rebecca Johnson, International Steering Group member of ICAN and Executive Director of Acronym Institute for Disarmament Diplomacy; and …

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Spirituality and Sustainability Conference in Rome and Assisi

In Sustainable Development by SGI OUNA

The Rome-Assisi Conference on Spirituality & Sustainability was held from 24 May through 1 June. The programs included the lecture and dialogue with Cardinal Peter Turkson, discussions on the Earth Charter as a key contribution to global ethics, Sustainable Development Goals, and wisdom traditions of world religions and indigenous spiritualities. The SGI co-sponsored the conference and provided the exhibition panels …

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Interfaith Statement of Support for UN Secretary-General’s Disarmament Agenda

In Peace and Disarmament by SGI OUNA

On 24 May 2018, UN Secretary-General António Guterres announced his new disarmament agenda entitled Securing Our Common Future at the University of Geneva in Switzerland. At the launch, Mr. Guterres reminded the audience that the United Nations was created with the goal of eliminating war as an instrument of foreign policy. He stressed: “Disarmament prevents and ends violence. Disarmament supports …

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Asia Pacific Faith-based Coalition for Sustainable Development Launched at UN Forum

In Sustainable Development by SGI OUNA

On 28 March 2018, World Vision International, ACT Alliance, Islamic Relief Worldwide, SGI and Arigatou International co-organized the official launch of the Asia Pacific Faith-based Coalition for Sustainable Development (APFC) at the Fifth Asia Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development held in Bangkok. APFC aims to bring together faith communities and amplify the unique roles they can play in achieving the …