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2018 Parliament of the World’s Religions

In Human Rights Education, Sustainable Developmentby 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 Disarmamentby 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 Educationby 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 Disarmamentby 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 Developmentby 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 Disarmamentby 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 Developmentby 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 …

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Progress Study on Youth, Peace and Security Published

In Peace and Disarmamentby SGI OUNA

On 21 March 2018, a new report titled “The Missing Peace: Independent Progress Study on Youth, Peace and Security” was published in the 6 official languages of the UN. This study was mandated by the UN Security Council Resolution 2250 on Youth, Peace and Security adopted in December 2015, which requested the UN Secretary-General “to carry out a Progress Study on …

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Statement and Side Event on the World Programme for Human Rights Education during HRC37

In Human Rights Educationby SGI OUNA

At the 37th session of the Human Rights Council, the NGO Working Group on Human Rights Education and Learning (NGO WG on HREL), which SGI is a part of, submitted a written statement “Proposals for the focus of the 4th Phase of the World Programme for Human Rights Education.” The statement proposed that as “critical agents of change,” youth should …