Motivation

Daisaku Ikeda
Daisaku Ikeda

  • What is the People's Decade?
  • The aim of the People's Decade is to increase the number of people who reject nuclear weapons. Ordinary citizens and civil society must be the protagonists, creating a groundswell of demand for nuclear abolition that will influence decision makers.
  • In August 2006, in a proposal for reform of the United Nations, Soka Gakkai International (SGI) President Daisaku Ikeda put forward the idea of a UN decade of action by the world's people for abolition of nuclear weapons. In line with his idea, SGI launched the People's Decade in September 2007, collaborating with international antinuclear movements such as the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) initiated by International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW). The launch coincided with the 50th anniversary of the 1957 antinuclear declaration made by second president of the Soka Gakkai Josei Toda. Comprising a wide variety of individuals throughout the world, SGI's own network can help connect a diverse group of people around the globe. SGI has promoted numerous activities aimed at nuclear abolition, creating a variety of forums in which people of all ages are able to exchange views freely, share ideas and experiences and inspire one another. Each small step helps drive a process of transformation, ultimately changing the course of history.
  • Why Now?
  • The world is at increased risk of nuclear terrorism and proliferation following a long period of stagnation in efforts toward nuclear disarmament. Yet influential leaders worldwide have started calling for a world free of nuclear weapons recently. The final document of the 2010 NPT Review Conference took note of the five- point proposal for nuclear disarmament of the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. Now is the time to enhance multilateral efforts to strengthen the grassroots momentum to support the emerging trends.
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