Soka Gakkai International
Buddhism in Action for Peace
SGI believes that the United Nations, for all its flaws, is a vital organ for international cooperation which enables issues to be tackled on a global level. To help amplify the message of the UN, SGI has initiated public education programs in support of the International Decade for a Culture of Peace and Non-violence for the Children of the World and the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development. As a nongovernmental organization (NGO) with formal ties to the United Nations, Soka Gakkai in Japan has been associated with the UN Department of Public Information and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) NGO Liaison Unit since 1981. SGI has been in consultative status with the UN Economic and Social Council since 1983. SGI UN liaison offices located in New York, Geneva and Vienna actively support UN processes and cooperate with other NGOs to promote disarmament, human rights education and interfaith collaboration.