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UN Climate Action Summit and SDG Summit

In Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment, Sustainable Development by SGI OUNA

SGI was engaged in activities during the UN Climate Action Summit and first UN SDG Summit, held during the high-level week of the 74th session of the UN General Assembly. SGI representatives also attended the climate strike on 20 September and Youth Climate Summit on 21 September.  SGI organized a civil society side event on 23 September held at the …

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Article by Dr. Sarah Ann Wider, Professor of English at Colgate University

In Peace and Disarmament by SGI OUNA

Dr. Sarah Wider, Professor of English at Colgate University wrote an article for the readers of the Seikyo Shimbun, a Japanese daily newspaper, addressing the theme of dialogue as a contribution to its monthly Culture of Peace series throughout 2019 to mark the 20th anniversary of the United Nations Declaration and Programme of Action on a Culture of Peace (UN General …

UN Expert Workshop on Racism and Information Technology

In Peace and Disarmament by SGI OUNA

A UN expert workshop on the impact of new information technologies on racial equality was convened on 16-17 October by E. Tendayi Achiume, the UN Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance, at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) School of Law. The meeting was sponsored by the UN Office of the High Commissioner …

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NGO CSW/NY Monthly Meeting on Women, Peace and Security and the Culture of Peace

In Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment by SGI OUNA

On 17 October, the NGO Committee on the Status of Women, New York (NGO CSW/NY) held a monthly meeting on “UNSCR 1325- Towards the Culture of Peace.” Speakers included Ambassador Katalin Bogyay, Permanent Mission of Hungary to the UN and Mallika Iyer, Program Officer, Global Network of Women Peacebuilders (GNWP). Ivy Koek of SGI and Vice Chair of NGO CSW/NY …

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Interview with Dr. Kevin Clements, Toda Peace Institute Director

In Peace and Disarmament by SGI OUNA

Dr. Kevin Clements, Toda Peace Institute Director, and Foundation Chair of Peace and Conflict Studies and Foundation Director of the National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies (NCPACS) at the University of Otago, New Zealand 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 …

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Participation in the 2019 Social Forum

In Human Rights Education by SGI OUNA

SGI, as part of the NGO Working Group on Human Rights Education and Learning (NGO WG on HREL) engaged in the Social Forum, an annual meeting convened by the Human Rights Council, from 1 to 2 October during which time the exhibition “Transforming Lives: The Power of Human Rights Education” was displayed in the United Nations Office at Geneva. During …

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42nd Session of the Human Rights Council

In Human Rights Education by SGI OUNA

SGI participated in the 42nd session of the Human Rights Council from 9 to 27 September. On 13 September, 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.  The statement welcomed the Plan of Action for the fourth phase of …

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International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons

In Peace and Disarmament by SGI OUNA

On the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons (26 September), the high-level signing ceremony for the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) was held at the UN Headquarters in New York. During the ceremony, 5 countries ratified the Treaty (Bangladesh, Kiribati, Laos, Maldives, and Trinidad & Tobago) and 9 signed it (Botswana, Dominica, Grenada, …

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High Level Forum on the Culture of Peace Held on the Agenda’s 20th anniversary

In Peace and Disarmament by SGI OUNA

On 13 September 2019, the day marking the 20th anniversary of the adoption of Resolution 53/243, the Declaration and Programme of Action on a Culture of Peace, the High Level Forum on the Culture of Peace was convened by the President of the General Assembly in cooperation with the Global Movement for the Culture of Peace (GMCoP). SGI is a founding …

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68th UN Civil Society Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah

In Peace and Disarmament, Sustainable Development by SGI OUNA

The 68th UN Civil Society Conference (formerly UN DPI/NGO Conference) took place from 26 to 28 August in Salt Lake City, the first U.S. city outside the UN Headquarters to host the conference. With the theme of “Building Inclusive and Sustainable Cities and Communities,” the conference attracted over 4,000 participants, the highest in the conference history, many of whom were …