Timeline

Timeline of SGI efforts toward nuclear abolition (2000s)

Year Date SGI Events Nuclear-Weapon Related Developments
2000 Apr. 21 The Russian parliament ratifies the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT).
2000 Jan. 26 SGI President Daisaku Ikeda releases a peace proposal titled "Peace through Dialogue: A Time to Talk."
In the proposal, he emphasizes the importance of a campaign to accelerate the ratification of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT).
2000 Apr. 24-
May 19
The NPT Review Conference convenes in New York. In the Final Document, the Conference agrees to the adoption of Thirteen Practical Steps Toward Nuclear Disarmament for "systematic and progressive efforts."
2001 Aug. 14 Choose Hope, a dialogue conducted between Dr. David Krieger, representative of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, and Daisaku Ikeda, is published in Japan.
2001 Sep. 11 Terrorist attacks on the United States.
2001 Nov. 13 The presidents of USA and Russia pledge to reduce nuclear arsenals to one-third of 2000 levels.
2002 Feb. 14 The exhibition "Nuclear Arms: Threat to Humanity" is held in Mexico. During the exhibition, the youth members of SGI-Mexico collect 60,000 signatures for an antinuclear petition which is submitted to the Agency for the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons in Latin America and the Caribbean (OPANAL). USA and UK conduct subcritical nuclear test.
2003 Jan. 10 North Korea announces withdrawal from NPT.
2005 Jan. 26 Daisaku Ikeda issues a peace proposal entitled "Toward a New Era of Dialogue: Humanism Explored" in which he mentions the necessity of an international nuclear disarmament agency alongside the IAEA.
2005 Feb. Central Asian Nuclear-Weapon-Free Zone Treaty is adopted.
2005 May 2-
May 27
The NPT Review Conference is held, but fails to bear concrete results.
2005 Jul. To commemorate the 60th anniversary of the end of World War II and the atomic bombings, the Soka Gakkai Women's Peace Committee begins to film female war survivors from all over Japan talking about their experiences, and hosts Peace Forums throughout the country.
2005 Dec. 10 The Nobel Peace Prize is awarded to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and its Executive Director Dr. Mohamed ElBaradei.
2006 Jul. 3 A Quest for Global Peace, a dialogue between Dr. Joseph Rotblat and Daisaku Ikeda, is published.
2006 Aug. 30 Daisaku Ikeda publishes a proposal entitled "Fulfilling the Mission: Empowering the UN to live up to the world's expectations."
2007 Jan. 4 Former US Secretary of State George Shultz and three other dignitaries make an impassioned plea for a nuclear-weapon-free world.
2007 Sep. 8 In commemoration of the 50th anniversary of second Soka Gakkai President Josei Toda's Declaration Calling for the Abolition of Nuclear Weapons, SGI launches the People's Decade for Nuclear Abolition at the Cooper Union, New York.
2008 Apr. 30-
May 9
SGI-organized exhibition on nuclear abolition and human security "From a Culture of Violence to a Culture of Peace: Transforming the Human Spirit," is held at Geneva UN Headquarters.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon gives a speech, in which he calls on governments to fulfill their nuclear disarmament obligations through negotiating a package of instruments or a comprehensive nuclear weapons convention.
2008 Nov. 17 SGI-Denmark and the Danish Committee of the Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs co-sponsor a symposium "Strengthening the NPT and the IAEA."
2009 Apr. 5 US President Barack Obama delivers a speech in Prague, "A World Without Nuclear Weapons," outlining his vision of a world free of nuclear weapons.
2009 Apr. 16 A multi-language DVD, "Testimonies of Hiroshima and Nagasaki: Women Speak Out for Peace," featuring eight hibakusha talking about their experiences, is released for educational purposes.
2009 Apr. 15 A seminar entitled "Nordic Initiatives for Nuclear Abolition" is held at the Nobel Institute in Oslo.
2009 May. 11 A symposium titled "Nuclear Abolition and Human Security; Shared Action to Meet a Common Threat," cosponsored by ICAN, is held during NTP PrepCom in New York.
2009 Jul. 15 The African Nuclear-Weapon-Free Zone Treaty (the Treaty of Pelindaba) comes into effect with the 28th ratification.
2009 Sep. 9-11 An SGI delegation attends the 62nd annual conference for NGOs associated with the UN Department of Public Information (DPI) in Mexico City.
At the opening reception, the SGI-organized exhibition "From a Culture of Violence to a Culture of Peace: Transforming the Human Spirit" is held at the Mexican Senate.
2009 Sep. 8 Daisaku Ikeda releases an antinuclear proposal entitled "Building Global Solidarity Toward Nuclear Abolition."
2009 Dec. 3-9 SGI delegates attend the Parliament of the World's Religions in Melbourne, Australia, bringing together over 8,000 representatives from a wide array of faiths to build bridges and address global issues.
2010 Jan. 26 Daisaku Ikeda issues a peace proposal entitled "Toward a New Era of Value Creation." In this proposal, he calls for accelerated moves toward the realization of a world without nuclear weapons.
2010 Jan. 1-
Mar. 30
SGI youth members in eight countries conduct a survey into attitudes toward nuclear weapons and their abolition.
2010 Apr. 8 US President Barack Obama and Russian President Dmitri Medvedev sign a new nuclear disarmament treaty in Prague, replacing the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START).
2010 May 3-28 The NPT Review Conference is held.
2010 May. 11 Soka Gakkai youth representatives present a petition of 2,276,167 signatures calling for the adoption of a Nuclear Weapons Convention at the NPT Review Conference in New York.

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