On 26 January 2021, the 39th annual peace proposal of the Soka Gakkai International (SGI), titled “Value Creation in a Time of Crisis”, authored by its President Daisaku Ikeda, was released, marking the anniversary of the founding of the SGI.
The proposal calls for further global cooperation to address the key issues of our time: the COVID-19 pandemic, the climate crisis, and the need to rid the world of nuclear weapons. These issues are not constrained by national borders and cannot be solved by any one government or organization alone.
The proposal reads, “Our shared efforts to respond to the pandemic can serve as a foundation for generating global awareness of the essential role of human solidarity in transforming crises.”
Consistent with SGI’s decades of action toward the abolition of nuclear weapons, its 2021 peace proposal welcomes the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW), which entered into force on January 22, 2021, as a “pivotal event ushering in a new era” that will spur a paradigm shift in approaches to security. The proposal calls on Japan to participate in the first meeting of the States Parties to the TPNW, to begin to create the conditions in which future ratification can become possible.
Every year since 1983, SGI has issued a peace proposal on January 26 to mark the SGI’s founding. The 2021 SGI peace proposal was published in Japanese in the January 26 and 27 issues of the Seikyo Shimbun, a daily newspaper of Soka Gakkai in Japan. The English translation will be available in February.