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From June 26 to July 12, the anti-nuclear exhibition "Everything You Treasure: For a World Free From Nuclear Weapons" was shown at the Ecumenical Centre in Geneva, Switzerland. The exhibition was jointly created by SGI and the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) who, together with the World Council of Churches (WCC), co-organized the showing to coincide with ICAN's Nuclear Abolition Week from July 6-13. The WCC is an association of member churches in 140 countries and the Ecumenical Centre houses its global headquarters, as well as the Geneva offices of other faith groups and NGOs, including SGI and ICAN.
At the opening ceremony on June 26, the exhibition, which highlights the fact that nuclear weapons pose a direct threat to all the things we value and treasure as individuals, was introduced by Kazunari Fujii from the SGI UN Liaison Office in Geneva. The exhibition also examines 12 different aspects of nuclear weapon issues, including humanitarian, environmental, human rights, spiritual and security perspectives.
Speaking at the opening, Rev. Dr. Hielke Wolters, associate general secretary of WCC stated, "We are all able to see ourselves in this exhibition no matter who we are . . . It invites us to realize how much we share this issue with one another and to see common ground."
Ambassador Urs Schmid, Switzerland's permanent representative to the Conference on Disarmament, and Arielle Denis, campaign director of ICAN for Europe, the Middle East and Africa, were also speakers at the opening. Ambassador Schmid depicted the existence of nuclear weapons as a threat to the future of humanity and the planet and, echoing sentiments also expressed by Ambassador Schmid, Ms. Denis emphasized that the realization of a nuclear weapon-free world must be a shared goal that civil society, governments and international organizations work toward together.
[Adapted from a report from the SGI Office of Public Information (SGI-OPI) and an article in the July 7, 2013, issue of Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan; photos courtesy of SGI-OPI] related article A Nuclear-Weapon-Free World—Mission Possible by Anna Ikeda, co-chair, International Youth Summit for Nuclear Abolition Toward the end of August, I will be among a group of youth from around the world who will gather in Hiroshima for one purpose: to plan for future steps to abolish nuclear weapons in our lifetime.
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