Workshop and Symposia

2015

Humanitarian Consequences of Nuclear Weapons | May 1, 2015
On May 1, 2015, together with other faith groups, SGI supported the launch of a joint statement of "Faith Communities Concerned about the Humanitarian Consequences of Nuclear Weapons" that was delivered at the Civil Society Presentation of the NPT Review Conference at the UN Headquarters in New York. more…

Humanitarian Consequences of Nuclear Weapons

2014

Soka Gakkai Youth Launch "SOKA Global Action" Peace Campaign | January 26, 2014
At the start of January, Soka Gakkai youth in Japan launched a new peace campaign titled "SOKA Global Action." more…

SOKA Global Action

2013

Seminars on Ikeda's 2013 Peace Proposal held in India, Panama and Guatemala | October 11, 2013
From August to October, seminars and workshops on SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's 2013 peace proposal, "Compassion, Wisdom and Courage: Building a Global Society of Peace and Creative Coexistence," were held in India, Panama and Guatemala, in collaboration with local partners. more…

Speakers at the seminar held at the Gandhi Bhavan museum in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala
Speakers at the seminar held at the Gandhi Bhavan museum in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala

Anti-nuclear Weapon Forums Held in USA, UK and Spain | September 21, 2013
In September, various SGI associations around the world organized events commemorating the 56th anniversary of second Soka Gakkai President Josei Toda's Declaration Calling for the Abolition of Nuclear Weapons (on September 8, 1957). more…

Keynote speaker Truman Daniel at the SGI-USA event
Keynote speaker Truman Daniel at the SGI-USA event

Soka Gakkai Youth of Hiroshima, Nagasaki and Okinawa Hold Annual Peace Summit | August 15, 2013
On August 3, some 50 Soka Gakkai youth representatives from Hiroshima, Nagasaki and Okinawa held their 22nd annual youth peace summit at the Soka Gakkai Hiroshima Ikeda Peace Hall. more…

At the 22nd annual youth peace summit (Aug 3)
At the 22nd annual youth peace summit (Aug 3)

SGI-USA Culture of Peace Lectures on Women and Human Security | June 3, 2013
In May and June SGI-USA organized two lectures focusing on women's experiences of war and their roles in conflict prevention and peace-building in its Culture of Peace Distinguished Speaker Series. more…

Ms. Anderlini (far left) at the SGI-USA Washington DC Culture Center
Ms. Anderlini (far left) at the SGI-USA Washington DC Culture Center

SGI-Korea Students Show Peace Exhibition at 150 Universities | June 1, 2013
From May 5 to June 1, SGI-Korea's student group sponsored peace activities at 182 venues including 150 universities across the country. more…

Visitors to the exhibition at Seoul Plaza post their determinations toward peace
Visitors to the exhibition at Seoul Plaza post their determinations toward peace

Peace Education Videoconference Linking Spain and Japan | February 6, 2013
On January 30, in an effort to directly expose youth to the tragedies of nuclear weapons use, SGI-Spain helped organize a live videoconference between some 150 high school students and local citizens in Rivas-Vaciamadrid, Spain, and atomic bomb survivors in Nagasaki, Japan. more…

Participants listening to atomic bomb survivors' experiences in Rivas-Vaciamadrid, Spain
Participants listening to atomic bomb survivors' experiences in Rivas-Vaciamadrid, Spain

2012

Toda Institute Co-organizes Seminar: Challenges of a Nuke- Free World | November 11, 2012
On November 19, the Toda Institute for Global Peace and Policy Research and the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI) co-organized an international seminar in Vienna, Austria, on the strengths and weaknesses of a nuclear-weapon-free world titled "Stable Zero: Feasible, Realistic?" The seminar was held at the Vienna Center for Disarmament and Non-Proliferation (VCDNP) and brought together experts in nuclear disarmament, UN representatives and diplomats. more…

Seminar participants with keynote speaker Dr. Schelling (center)
Seminar participants with keynote speaker Dr. Schelling (center)

SGI-UK Hosts Hibakusha at Hiroshima Peace Day Events | September 15, 2012
From September 8-15, 2012, SGI-UK hosted three official Hiroshima Peace Day events in Birmingham, London and at SGI-UK's Taplow Court center near Maidenhead, to commemorate the dropping of the atomic bomb on Japan and the 55th anniversary of second Soka Gakkai president Josei Toda's call for the abolition of nuclear weapons. more…

Mrs. Emiko Yamanaka
Mrs. Emiko Yamanaka

Soka Gakkai Members in Nagasaki Mark Anniversary of Atomic Bombings, Hold Youth Peace Forum | August 11, 2012
On August 8, Soka Gakkai youth members in Nagasaki held a peace forum at the Soka Gakkai Nagasaki Peace Center. more…

Dr. Kathleen Sullivan at the Peace Forum
Dr. Kathleen Sullivan at the Peace Forum

Hiroshima Study Lectures Exceed 150 | August 5, 2012
Every August 6, peace activists and leaders from around the world gather in Hiroshima to remember victims of the atomic bombing of the city in 1945 and reaffirm their commitment towards a world free of war and nuclear weapons. more…

Mr. Shin calling for the youth of East Asia to deepen ties of friendship
Mr. Shin calling for the youth of East Asia to deepen ties of friendship

Soka Gakkai Youth in Hiroshima Sponsor Lectures on Nuclear Abolition | July 31, 2012
Soka Gakkai youth members in Hiroshima Prefecture sponsored lectures in their Hiroshima Study Lecture Series on July 22 and 28. more…

Mr. Tanabe calling for the abolition of nuclear weapons
Mr. Tanabe calling for the abolition of nuclear weapons

Soka Gakkai Youth Hold Annual Peace Summit and Peace Festival in Okinawa | July 29, 2012
Calling for a century without war, Soka Gakkai youth representatives from Hiroshima, Nagasaki and Okinawa held their annual peace summit on July 28 at the Soka Gakkai Okinawa International Peace Center in Naha. more…

Soka Gakkai youth representatives at the Tower of Himeyuri
Soka Gakkai youth representatives at the Tower of Himeyuri

SGINZ Confers Peace Award on Peace Activist Alyn Ware | June 30, 2012
On June 30, Soka Gakkai International New Zealand (SGINZ) conferred the Aotearoa Peace is Precious Award on the internationally recognized anti-nuclear weapons activist Alyn Ware. more…

Jimi Wallace awards Mr. Ware (right)
Jimi Wallace awards Mr. Ware (right)

SGI Representative Attend Vienna PrepCom for 2015 NPT Review Conference | May 11, 2012
From April 30 to May 11, the First Session of the Preparatory Committee (PrepCom) for the 2015 Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) was held at the Vienna International Centre. more…

First Session of the PrepCom at the Vienna International Centre
First Session of the PrepCom at the Vienna International Centre

International Nuclear Experts Discuss Nuclear Abolition in Tokyo | March 11, 2012
From March 10-11, the Toda Institute for Global Peace and Policy Research and the National Center for Peace & Conflict Studies (NCPACS) at the University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand, sponsored a two-day conference in Tokyo, focusing on the fragile state of the global nuclear order and how to rid the world of nuclear weapons. more…

Participants discussing non-proliferation and nuclear disarmament in Tokyo
Participants discussing non-proliferation and nuclear disarmament in Tokyo

SGI Representatives Attend Anniversary Events of Treaty of Tlatelolco in Mexico | February 15, 2012
The Agency for the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons in Latin America and the Caribbean (OPANAL) held celebratory events marking the 45th anniversary of the Treaty for the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons in Latin America and the Caribbean, known as the Treaty of Tlatelolco, at the Tlatelolco University Cultural Center from February 14-15. more…

The third international conference on music and peace in Paris
The opening of the seminar cosponsored by OPANAL, the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs and SGI

Toda Institute Organizes International Conference on Music and Peace in Paris | February 4, 2012
Commemorating the 16th anniversary of its founding, the Toda Institute for Global Peace and Policy Research organized its third international conference on music and peace, titled "Music, Power and Liberty" in Paris, France, from February 3-4. more…

The third international conference on music and peace in Paris
The third international conference on music and peace in Paris

Nuclear Weapons Abolition Event "Our New Clear Future" Held in California | January 22, 2012
On January 22, an event titled "iDeclare--The Beginning of Our New Clear Future" was organized by SGI-USA youth members from Southern California. The event celebrated the release of SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's 2012 Peace Proposal and the 55th anniversary of second Soka Gakkai president Josei Toda's declaration calling for the abolition of nuclear weapons made in September 1957. more…

SGI-USA youth members from Southern California
SGI-USA youth members from Southern California

Nagasaki Soka Gakkai Youth Host Peace Lecture | January 28, 2012
On January 28, the Soka Gakkai's Nagasaki Prefecture Youth Peace Committee hosted a peace lecture in Nagasaki City. more…

Dr. Umebayashi
Dr. Umebayashi

2011

Hiroshima Survivor Speaks on Peace in Oregon | November 19, 2011
On November 21, the Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government hosted a forum focusing on the abolition of nuclear weapons and the SGI antinuclear weapons exhibition "From a Culture of Violence to a Culture of Peace: Transforming the Human Spirit" (THS). more…

Hiroshima atomic bomb survivor Dr. Hideko Tamura Snider delivers a message of hope and peace to participants
Hiroshima atomic bomb survivor Dr. Hideko Tamura Snider delivers a message of hope and peace to participants

Power of Dialogue Highlighted at SGI-UK Peace Proposal Symposium | September 16, 2011
On September 16, eighteen social scientists from universities around the UK gathered at SGI-UK's Taplow Court Grand Culture Centre to discuss themes stimulated by SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's 2011 peace proposal titled "Toward a World of Dignity for All: The Triumph of the Human Spirit." more…

Participants listening to a presentation
Participants listening to a presentation

Youth Campaign "Our New Clear Future" Sets Vision Toward Nuclear Abolition by 2030 | September 11, 2011
"Our New Clear Future" is a student-led dialogue campaign for nuclear abolition launched by SGI-USA in September 2011. The campaign was inspired by SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's 2009 nuclear abolition proposal "Building Global Solidarity Toward Nuclear Abolition" and has two main aims. more…

Col. Hughes lecturing about nuclear testing (Sep. 11)
Col. Hughes lecturing about nuclear testing (Sep. 11)

SGI-Thailand Receive Appreciation Certificate from Nagasaki Mayor | August 25, 2011
On August 25, Tomihisa Taue, Mayor of Nagasaki, conferred a Certificate of Appreciation on the Ministry of Culture of Thailand and Soka Gakkai Thailand for their Paper Cranes for Peace initiative. More than 57,000 paper cranes that had been made by Thai people were presented to Mayor Taue on July 31 at the Nagasaki Peace Forum, organized by Soka Gakkai Nagasaki youth. more…

The paper cranes made by Thai people on display at Nagasaki Peace Park
The paper cranes made by Thai people on display at Nagasaki Peace Park

Pugwash Chair Gives Talk at SGI-Denmark Training Session | August 7, 2011
SGI-Denmark held a training session in Helsingør from August 5-7 in celebration of the 50th anniversary of SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's first visit to Denmark in October 1961. On August 6, as part of the training session, Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs Chair John Avery gave a lecture on abolishing war and nuclear weapons. more…

SGI-Denmark members at the training session in Helsingør
SGI-Denmark members at the training session in Helsingør

Hiroshima and Nagasaki memorial event held in New York | August 7, 2011
On August 7, Pax Christi Metro New York observed the 66th Anniversary of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings by organizing a remembrance event at the St. Joseph's Greenwich Village Church in New York. more…

Hiroshima and Nagasaki memorial event held in New York

movie Nagasaki Youth Peace Forum, Presentation of Cranes from SGI-Thailand | July 31, 2011
On July 31, Soka Gakkai Nagasaki youth members held a peace forum at the Peace Hall of the Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, to deepen their vow to achieve a world without nuclear weapons. The theme was "From Nagasaki to the World! The Voices of Youth Will Change the World," and around 900 people attended. Soka Gakkai youth members from Hiroshima and Okinawa also participated in the event. more…

Youth performing taiko (Japanese drum)
Youth performing taiko (Japanese drum)

Okinawa Student Survey Shows Need for Awareness-raising Activities | July 26, 2011
A survey to gauge awareness of the Battle of Okinawa amongst students on the island was conducted by the Soka Gakkai Okinawa Student Peace Committee during June 2011. The Battle of Okinawa was fought in 1945 and was the only land battle in Japan during World War II. The survey received 774 responses and included responses from students attending Ryukyu University and Okinawa International University. The committee also conducted a similar survey in 2010. more…

movie Hiroshima Hosts Youth Peace Meeting and Lecture on Hiroshima | July 24, 2011
On July 24, Soka Gakkai youth members in Hiroshima held the Hiroshima Youth Peace Meeting at the Soka Gakkai Hiroshima Ikeda Peace Hall. They also hosted the 145th in a series of lectures titled "Lectures on Hiroshima" at the same venue. Sunao Tsuboi, one of the chairs of the Japan Confederation of A- and H-bomb Sufferers Organization, shared his experience as a hibakusha and his determination to work for abolishing nuclear weapons. He also addressed the mission of youth in Hiroshima. more…

Mr. Tsuboi sharing his experience and determination for peace
Mr. Tsuboi sharing his experience and determination for peace

SGI-Italy's Antinuclear Campaign "Senzatomica" Hosts Nuclear Abolition Day Roundtable | June 23, 2011
SGI-Italy's antinuclear campaign "Senzatomica" joined the International Campaign Against Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) in promoting Nuclear Abolition Day at a roundtable on June 23, and became a signatory to the "Rome Declaration" signed by participating organizations. more…

SGI-Italy's antinuclear campaign "Senzatomica"
SGI-Italy's antinuclear campaign "Senzatomica"

Former Soldier Gives SGI-USA Culture of Peace Lecture | January 15, 2011
On January 15, Paul Chappell, a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in New York and author of the book Will War Ever End? A Soldier's Vision of Peace for the 21st Century, spoke as part of the Culture of Peace Distinguished Speakers Series at the SGI-USA Culture of Peace Resource Center in Santa Monica, California. more…

Mr. Paul Chappell
Mr. Paul Chappell

2010

movie Nobel Peace Laureates Speak at Soka Gakkai Hiroshima Lecture Series | November 14, 2010
Soka Gakkai Hiroshima youth members sponsored a Hiroshima Study Lecture Series on November 13 and 14 at the Soka Gakkai Hiroshima Ikeda Peace Memorial Hall. Three lectures were held in conjunction with the 11th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates which took place at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park from November 12-14. more…

Mr. Jayantha Dhanapala
Mr. Jayantha Dhanapala

Hiroshima Peace Day in the United Kingdom | September 4, 2010
Over 200 members and guests of SGI-UK gathered on September 4 at SGI-UK Grand Culture Centre Taplow Court for a nationwide Hiroshima Peace Day event in commemoration of all those who have suffered as the result of the use of nuclear weapons. more…

Hiroshima Peace Day in the United Kingdom

SGI-UK Commemorates Hiroshima Peace Day | August 8, 2010
A Hiroshima Peace Day Commemorative Meeting was held at the South London National Centre on August 8. SGI-UK members in South London area met to commemorate the 65th anniversaries of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945, to reflect on the profound desire of the survivors that it will never happen again, and to hear inspiration from a faith talk based on SGI President Ikeda’s 2009 Proposal: "Building Global Solidarity Toward Nuclear Abolition." more…

Hiroshima, Nagasaki and Okinawa Youth Hold Peace Summit

Hiroshima, Nagasaki and Okinawa Youth Hold Peace Summit | July 31, 2010
On July 31, 2010, Soka Gakkai youth representatives from Hiroshima, Nagasaki and Okinawa held their 19th youth peace summit at the Soka Gakkai Hiroshima Ikeda Peace Hall in Hiroshima City, commemorating the 65th anniversary of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. more…

Hiroshima, Nagasaki and Okinawa Youth Hold Peace Summit

Forum and Prayer Service Commemorate Global Nuclear Abolition Day | May 26, 2010
Various events were held throughout the world to launch June 5, Nuclear Abolition Day, initiated by International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN). The SGI supported by holding an antinuclear forum and prayer service. more…

Forum and Prayer Service Commemorate Global Nuclear Abolition Day

Soka Gakkai Youth in Japan Host Lecture Series on Abolishing Nuclear Weapons | February 1, 2010
On February 1, 2010, Soka Gakkai youth members held one of a series of peace lectures at the Josei Toda International Center in Tokyo, Japan, titled "Toward Nuclear Abolition: Now Is the Time for Us to Stand Up for Peace." more...

Exhibit in Thailand: Transforming Society for the Better

2009

Faiths Join to Stress Vital Challenge of Nuclear Abolition at Melbourne Parliament of World's Religions | December 2009
SGI delegates attended the Parliament of the World's Religions, which took place in December 2009 in Melbourne, Australia, bringing together over 8,000 representatives from a wide array of faiths to build bridges and address global issues.
In addition to holding the antinuclear exhibition "From a Culture of Violence to a Culture of Peace: Transforming the Human Spirit," SGI delegates attended panels on nuclear weapons issues. On December 6, during one panel, Judge Christopher Weeramantry, former judge of the International Court of Justice, stated that we have to put a stop to the danger posed by nuclear weapons and that the only way to do this is by generating public consciousness of this agenda. SGI Executive Director for Peace Affairs Hirotsugu Terasaki stressed that the time is right for increased efforts toward nuclear abolition in the run-up to the May 2010 NPT Review Conference.
During the other panel Buddhist, Christian, Jewish and Muslim representatives joined their voices, calling for moral leadership by the world's religions in the effort to abolish nuclear weapons. Dr. Sue Wareham, former president of the Medical Association for Prevention of War (Australia) and board member of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), chaired the panel and stressed the vital role people of faith can play.

UN NGO Conference in Mexico City | September 9-11, 2009
From September 9-11, 2009, an SGI delegation attended the 62nd annual conference for NGOs associated with the United Nations Department of Public Information (DPI) in Mexico City. On September 10, an opening reception for the SGI-organized exhibition "From a Culture of Violence to a Culture of Peace : Transforming the Human Spirit" was held at the Mexican Senate.
The reception was attended by the President of the Mexican Senate, Carlos Navarette Ruiz, Senator Maria Elena Orantes Lopez, UN Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information Kiyo Akasaka, UN High Representative for Disarmament Affairs Sergio Duarte, Charles Hitchcock, Chair of the 62nd Annual DPI/NGO Conference, as well as numerous representatives of the NGO and diplomatic communities. In his welcoming remarks, Senate President Navarette described the power of the images in the exhibition, such as photographs of children holding automatic weapons, to move people's hearts.
On the final day of the conference, SGI's representative to the UN in New York, Hiro Sakurai, was one of the speakers at a plenary roundtable. He related experiences of young people who had participated in activities in support of the SGI's People's Decade for Nuclear Abolition and how the dialogues engaged in with their peers had had a transformative impact on their consciousness. In the afternoon, SGI and Mayors for Peace jointly sponsored the workshop "International Decade for Disarmament."

Symposium held during NPT PrepCom, New York | May 11, 2009
On May 11, 2009, SGI held a symposium titled "Nuclear Abolition and Human Security: Shared Action to Meet a Common Threat" during the NPT PrepCom in New York. The speakers were: Kazuo Tase, chief of the Human Security Unit, UN Office of Coordination for Humanitarian Affairs; Patricia Lewis, Deputy Director of the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies at the Monterey Institute of International Studies; and Kathleen Sullivan, Education Consultant to the UN Office for Disarmament Affairs. The event, cosponsored by ICAN, explored how the perspectives of "human security"--a commitment to welfare of real people's lives as opposed to the often abstract imperatives of national interests--can be brought to bear in countering the threat of nuclear weapons.

NPT review conference | May 2009
An SGI delegation participated in the meetings held at the United Nations Headquarters preparatory to the 2010 Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) review conference on May in 2009.

Seminar entitled "Nordic Initiatives for Nuclear Abolition" | April 15, 2009
On April 15, 2009, the seminar was held at the Nobel Institute in Oslo, moderated by Stein Tonnesson, Director of the International Peace Research Institute, Oslo (PRIO). Sverre Lodgaard, Senior Research Fellow of the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI), emphasized the importance of serious debate on both the vision of the abolition of nuclear weapons and the means to realize it, stressing that it is essential for civil society to raise their voices and take action. This seminar was organized by the SGI, PRIO and NUPI and supported by No to Nuclear Weapons (NTA), Norwegian Physicians Against Nuclear Weapons (NLA) affiliated with International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War, the Norwegian Pugwash Committee, the Norwegian Atlantic Committee (NAC) and the United Nations Association of Norway.

2008

Symposium in the Danish Parliament | November 17, 2008
On November 17, 2008, a symposium titled "Strengthening the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)" was held at Christiansborg Palace, which houses the Danish Parliament, in Copenhagen. SGI-Denmark and the Danish Committee of the Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs (Pugwash Denmark) cosponsored the event together with several peace organizations. Some 150 peace scholars, activists and ambassadors to Denmark attended the event, including former IAEA Director General Hans Blix.

Workshop on the Eradication of Armed Conflict in Australia | Feburary 8-10, 2008
From February 8-10, 2008, SGI participated in a Workshop on the Eradication of Armed Conflict held at the Australian Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies (ACPACS) at the University of Queensland, Brisbane, organized by Global Action to Prevent War (GAPW). An SGI representative chaired a session on the theme "From Conventional to Nuclear Weapons: Movement Forward on Nuclear Disarmament." The event was cosponsored by GAPW, ACPACS, the World Federation of United Nations Associations (WFUNA) and the project for a United Nations Emergency Peace Service (UNEPS).

2007

Civil Society Peace Forum and the launch of the People's Decade for Nuclear Abolition | September 8, 2007
In commemoration of the 50th anniversary of second Soka Gakkai president Josei Toda's Declaration Calling for the Abolition of Nuclear Weapons, SGI, organized a Civil Society Peace Forum titled Abolishing Nuclear Weapons: What can each of us do? on September 8, 2007 at The Cooper Union, New York City, cosponsored by Global Action to Prevent War and the World Federation of United Nations Associations. more...

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