Peace and Disarmament

Our activities for peace and disarmament originate from the 1957 anti-nuclear declaration made by the second president of the Soka Gakkai, Josei Toda. Viewing nuclear weapons as a manifestation of the bleakest aspects of the human heart, that is, the total disregard for the sanctity of life, we work toward their complete abolition. We also work to advocate for banning fully autonomous weapons, known as killer robots.

    Universalization of the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW)

    NEW: Digital Tools Celebrating the TPNW Entry into Force
    On the occasion of the entry into force of the TPNW on 22 January 2021, SGI produced two digital tools. One is a tool for visual storytelling developed in cooperation with the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN). The other is a handbook summarizing what the treaty is about, how it was adopted, and what it envisions. View Tools

    Celebrating Caribbean Leadership!

    This animated graphic illustrates CARICOM member states’ unparalleled increase of signatures and ratifications of the TPNW since its adoption. Watch Animation

    SGI Office for UN Affairs, Reshape History, an SGI animation about the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons“Reshape History”
    SGI produced this animation in cooperation with ICAN, which informs people about the dangers of nuclear weapons and the importance of the TPNW. Watch Animation

    The TPNW and the NPT
    Anna Ikeda spoke at a webinar “The Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons and the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty”
    in August 2020, as part of a new joint series on “Critical NPT Issues” by Arms Control Association (ACA) and the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF). Watch Recording

    SGI Office for UN Affairs, peace and disarmament, Setsuko Thurlow, automic bomb survivor interviewInterview with Setsuko Thurlow, Atomic Bomb Survivor
    In this video produced by ICAN during the negotiations for the TPNW, Hayley Ramsay-Jones interviews Hibakusha and longtime nuclear disarmament activist Setsuko Thurlow about her thoughts, experiences and hopes for the future. Watch Video 

    Intersectionality

    SGI OUNA, HDF-2020-Racism-Intersectionality-Beginning-of-a-collective-learning-processHumanitarian Disarmament Forum on Racism and Intersectionality
    SGI and Campaign to Stop Killer Robots co-organize the 2020-2021 Humanitarian Disarmament Forum exploring the theme of racism and intersectionality. Visit Webpage

    Q&A on Racism and Intersectionality
    Hayley Ramsay-Jones featured in the Campaign’s Instagram Live and spoke about killer robots, racism, and intersectionality in September 2020. Watch via Instagram or Facebook

    Chapter on Killer Robots and Intersectionality 
    Updated in February 2020, this toolkit by the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots contain a chapter by Hayley Ramsay-Jones on killer robots and intersectionality. Read Chapter

    Nuclear Weapons and Racism
    Pressenza Interview with Hayley Ramsay-Jones conducted in November 2018. Watch Video

    Promoting Peace & Disarmament Education and Youth Engagement

    Youth and Nuclear Disarmament
    During the negotiations for the TPNW, Hayley Ramsay-Jones was interviewed by the Peace Foundation New Zealand to talk about the importance of youth engagement in nuclear disarmament.  Watch Video

    SGI Report on Disarmament Education Activities (2016-2018) 
    This report was submitted in contribution to the Eighth Biennial Report of the Secretary-General on Disarmament and Non-proliferation (A/73/119) submitted to the 73rd session of the General Assembly. Read Report 

    SGI Office for UN Affairs, Global Change, Peace & Security, article on Why Youth and Feminist Activism Matters contribution by Anna Ikeda of SGIWhy Youth and Feminist Activism Matters
    This article, written by WILPF Australia and published in Global Change, Peace & Security, details why the perspectives of young people are significant, and outlines various strengths and strategies of engaging youth, along with complexities and challenges. Anna Ikeda contributed to the article as a representative of Amplify. Read Article 

    SGI Office for UN Affairs, UNODA Occasional Papers No. 31: Celebrating 15 Years of Disarmament and Non-Proliferation Education, article on Youth engagement by Anna Ikeda of SGIUNODA Occasional Papers No. 31: Celebrating 15 Years of Disarmament and Non-Proliferation Education
    This edition of the UNODA Occasional Papers celebrates the fifteenth anniversary of the United Nations Study on Disarmament and Non-Proliferation Education, which was presented to the UN General Assembly in 2002 (A/57/124). Anna Ikeda co-authored a chapter on youth engagement, on behalf of Amplify. Read Paper

    SGI Office for UN Affairs, Nuclear Ban Daily article on Disarmament Education - For a Truly Universal TreatyDisarmament Education - For a Truly Universal Treaty (in Nuclear Ban Daily Vol. 2, No. 13, p. 3)
    In this issue of Nuclear Ban Daily, a publication produced by Reaching Critical Will to provide news and analysis from the UN conference to negotiate a legally binding instrument to prohibit nuclear weapons, leading towards their total elimination, SGI speaks about the role and importance of peace and disarmament education in making the TPNW a universal treaty.  Read Issue

    SGI Office for UN Affairs, publication "The Missing Peace" Thematic Papers for the Progress Study on Youth, Peace and Security Thematic Papers for the Progress Study on Youth, Peace and Security: These papers were submitted by SGI to the UN as a contribution to the Progress Study on Youth Peace and Security, which was mandated by UN Security Council Resolution 2250 and aims to highlight young people’s positive contributions to peace and security.

    • The Role of Youth in Nuclear Disarmament; Examining the Project, "The People’s Decade for Nuclear Abolition." Download Paper
    • Disaster Recovery and Youth, Peace and Security:
      Examining the Project, “The SOKA Global Action.” Download Paper
    Sustainable Development Goals and Disarmament
    Sustainable Development Goals and the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons

    This handout was prepared for a workshop titled "Cities Must Save Themselves from the Nuclear Weapon Threat" at the 68th UN Civil Society Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah. Download PDF to Learn More

    Other Resources
    To Safeguard Future Generations - Interfaith Responses to the Threat of Nuclear Weapons

    At a side eventheld during the UN General Assembly First Committee in October 2018, SGI delivered a presentation on the threat of nuclear weapons from a Buddhist perspective. Read Presentation

    Hiroshima and Nagasaki: That We Never Forget
    This book published by SGI shares the stories of over 50 hibakusha—atomic bomb survivors—from Nagasaki and Hiroshima. Download e-book for free

    SGI Office for UN Affairs, SGI exhibit "Everything You Treasure-For a World Free from Nuclear Weapons"Everything You Treasure—For a World Free From Nuclear Weapons
    This exhibition, co-created by SGI and ICAN, examines the nuclear weapons issue from 12 perspectives and how each person can be part of the solution to abolishing them. It is available in English, Spanish and Japanese. Download PDF to Learn More

    From a Culture of Violence to a Culture of Peace: Toward a World Free From Nuclear Weapons 
    Produced by SGI, the exhibition highlights the synergy between the goals of human security and disarmament, particularly nuclear weapons abolition. It also refers to the personal dimensions of disarmament, suggesting that the issue of nuclear weapons provides us with an opportunity to fundamentally change our mindset as we engage in the challenge of moving from a culture of violence to a culture of peace. It is available in English, Spanish, Arabic and Japanese. Download PDF to Learn More

    Testimonies of Hiroshima and Nagasaki: Women Speak Out for Peace
    This DVD created by SGI features hibakusha sharing their testimonies about their experience of the atomic bombings in Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Subtitles in Japanese, English, Spanish, French, Traditional Chinese and Simplified Chinese. Voiceover available in German. Hear Testimonies

    The Role of the Public in Eliminating Nuclear Weapons 
    In this article published in the November 2017 issue of the Sorjouners magazine, Anna Ikeda discusses the significance of the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) and the role that the public can play in making nuclear abolition a reality. Read Article (Subscription Required)

    Statements and Working Papers

    4 February 2021 - Joint Interfaith Statement on Killer Robots – A Plea for Preserving Our Shared Humanity, coordinated by Soka Gakkai International, Pax Christi Northern California and the World Council of Churches. Read Statement | Watch Video

    22 January 2021 - Statement by Faith Communities Concerned about Nuclear Weapons, the Entry into Force of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. Read Statement

    6 August 2020 - Statement by Faith Communities Concerned about Nuclear Weapons, on the 75th anniversary of atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Read Statement

    1 May 2019 - Statement by Faith Communities Concerned about Nuclear Weapons, submitted to the third session of the Preparatory Committee for the 2020 Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT). Read Statement

    26 April 2019 - SGI Statement submitted to the third session of the Preparatory Committee for the 2020 Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT). Read Statement

    17 October 2018 - SGI Statement submitted to the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly First Committee. Read Statement

    16 October 2018 - Statement by Faith Communities Concerned about Nuclear Weapons, submitted to the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly First Committee. Read Statement

    25 April 2018 - Statement by Faith Communities Concerned about Nuclear Weapons, delivered at the second session of the Preparatory Committee for the 2020 Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) Review Conference, held in Geneva. Read Statement

    20 June 2017 - SGI Statement on Disarmament Education, delivered at the United Nations conference to negotiate a legally binding instrument to prohibit nuclear weapons, leading towards their total elimination. Read Statement

    16 June 2017 - SGI Statement on the Preamble Text, delivered at the United Nations conference to negotiate a legally binding instrument to prohibit nuclear weapons, leading towards their total elimination. Read Statement

    6 June 2017 - SGI Working Paper “Comments and Proposals for the Draft Convention on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons” (A/CONF.229/2017/NGO/WP.25). Read Working Paper

    23 March 2017 - SGI Working Paper “On the Objectives and Significance of Prohibiting Nuclear Weapons” (A/CONF.229/2017/NGO/WP.8).
    Read Working Paper

    March 2017 - Statement by the Faith Communities Concerned about Nuclear Weapons, delivered at the United Nations conference to negotiate a legally binding instrument to prohibit nuclear weapons, leading towards their total elimination. Read Statement

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    Contact: Hayley Ramsay-Jones at hayley.rj@sgi-ouna.org and Anna Ikeda at aikeda@sgi-ouna.org