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Buddhism | Mar 29 2015

SGI Cambodia-Laos-Thailand Youth Training Course Held

SGI Cambodia-Laos-Thailand Youth Training Course Held

From March 28-29, some 55 SGI youth from Cambodia, Laos and Thailand gathered in Bangkok for a training course. ... read more

Interfaith | Mar 22 2015

SGI-Luxembourg Participates in Interfaith Concert

SGI-Luxembourg Participates in Interfaith Concert

On March 22, SGI-Luxembourg joined representatives of the various religious communities in the City of Luxembourg for the 6th Interfaith Concert. The concert was held at Luxembourg City Synagogue and organized by Action Groupe Inter-Religions (AGIR) of which SGI-Luxembourg is a member. ... read more

Sustainable Development | Mar 21 2015

SGI Attends Earth Charter 15th Anniversary Forum in Costa Rica

SGI Attends Earth Charter 15th Anniversary Forum in Costa Rica

On March 21, an international forum was held at the United Nations-mandated University for Peace (UPEACE) in San José, Costa Rica, to commemorate the 15th anniversary of the launch of the Earth Charter. The Earth Charter is an ethical framework for building a just, sustainable and peaceful global society in the twenty-first century. ... read more

Humanitarian Activities | Mar 18 2015

SGI Joins FBOs in Events on Disaster Risk Reduction at WCDRR

SGI Joins FBOs in Events on Disaster Risk Reduction at WCDRR

From March 14-18, the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (WCDRR) was held in Sendai city in Miyagi Prefecture, Japan. As a side event, on March 15, a symposium titled “Community based DRR from a faith-based perspective – sharing best practices” was organized by ACT Alliance and co-organized by SGI and the Japan Religion Coordinating Project for Disaster Relief (JRPD). The symposium was held at Sendai Civic Auditorium. ... read more

Education | Mar 17 2015

SGI Organizes Event on Women's Leadership at CSW59

SGI Organizes Event on Women's Leadership at CSW59

On March 17, SGI organized a parallel event on women’s leadership during the 59th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW59) held at the UN Headquarters in New York from March 9-20. CSW59 marked the 20th anniversary of the Fourth World Conference on Women held in Beijing in 1995 where the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action (BPfA) was adopted. ... read more

Press Releases | Mar 17 2015

Panel at Sendai UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction Highlights Opportunities for Cooperation between China, South Korea and Japan

Sendai, Japan: In support of the UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (WCDRR) being held in Sendai from March 14-18, Soka Gakkai International (SGI) co-organized a side event on March 16 highlighting the potential for increased collaboration in disaster management in Northeast Asia despite political tensions. ... read more

Humanitarian Activities | Mar 16 2015

SGI Cohosts Panel on Opportunities for Civil Society Cooperation between China, South Korea and Japan

SGI Cohosts Panel on Opportunities for Civil Society Cooperation between China, South Korea and Japan

From March 14-18, the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (WCDRR) was held in Sendai city in Miyagi Prefecture, Japan. On March 16, SGI co-organized a side event highlighting the possibilities for increased collaboration in disaster management in Northeast Asia. ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Mar 16 2015

Peace Emanates from SGI Youth Events Across the US and Argentina

Peace Emanates from SGI Youth Events Across the US and Argentina

During March, in 25 locations throughout the country, a total of some 12,000 SGI-USA youth members gathered to hold Youth Peace Expos marking March 16, SGI Kosen-rufu Day, and express in various ways their commitment to the dignity of life. ... read more

Culture | Mar 14 2015

SGI-Panama Holds Peace Festival

SGI-Panama Holds Peace Festival

On March 14, SGI-Panama members from across the country gathered for a peace festival at the SGI-Panama culture center in Panama City. The theme of the festival was "Youth United for Peace," and it consisted of musical, theatrical and dance performances by SGI-Panama youth. Guest performers included Victor Jaramillo accompanied by the "Sociedad Anónima" orchestra, rock group La Tribu,singer Priscilla Moreno and violinist Graciela Núñez. There was also a display of information on nuclear abolition, sustainability and peace. The display emphasized that peace is something close at hand that is created by cultivating bonds of friendship and the inner transformation of each individual. ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Mar 10 2015

SGI-Italy's Anti-nuclear Weapons Campaign Senzatomica Comes to Rome

SGI-Italy's Anti-nuclear Weapons Campaign Senzatomica Comes to Rome

On March 10, as part of the SGI-Italy anti-nuclear weapons campaign Senzatomica, the multimedia exhibition "From a Culture of Violence to a Culture of Peace: Toward a World Free From Nuclear Weapons" opened at La Pelanda in central Rome, where it will be shown until April 26. This is the 50th exhibition showing--including smaller displays--to be held as part of the Senzatomica campaign. ... read more

Education | Mar 5 2015

Knowledge of Buddhism Lecture Series Begins in France

Knowledge of Buddhism Lecture Series Begins in France

On March 5, the Soka Cultural Association in France (ACSF) held the first lecture in a three-year series titled "Knowledge of Buddhism." The lecture was held at the Soka center in Paris and attended by some 140 people. Guest speaker Dominique Trotignon, director of the Institute of Buddhist Studies in Paris and president of the Theravada Buddhist Association Vivekārāma, focused on Buddhism in its Indian context. ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Feb 27 2015

"Everything You Treasure" Anti-nuclear Weapons Exhibition Held at Mexican Senate

"Everything You Treasure" Anti-nuclear Weapons Exhibition Held at Mexican Senate

On February 24-27, the Spanish version of the exhibition "Everything You Treasure--For a World Free From Nuclear Weapons," (EYT) created by SGI and the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), was shown at the Mexican Senate building in Mexico City. The exhibition marked the 48th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Tlatelolco on February 14, 1967, which created a Latin America and Caribbean Nuclear-Weapon-Free Zone. ... read more

Culture | Feb 26 2015

Min-On Music Research Institute Launched in Tokyo

Min-On Music Research Institute Launched in Tokyo

On February 26, some 100 people attended the official launch of the Min-On Music Research Institute (MOI) held at the NS Building in Shinjuku, Tokyo. ... read more

Education | Feb 19 2015

SGI-Iceland Joins Symposium on Science and Religion

SGI-Iceland Joins Symposium on Science and Religion

On February 19, SGI-Iceland participated in a symposium titled "Science and Religion--Hand in hand" held at Neskirkja Church in Reykjavík . Some 100 people attended the symposium including many University of Iceland students and people from various faith traditions. ... read more

Interfaith | Feb 15 2015

Interfaith Forum in Sydney: Standing Together, United for Peace

Interfaith Forum in Sydney: Standing Together, United for Peace

On February 15, an interfaith forum titled "Advancing Australia Fair: Standing Together, United for Peace" was held at the SGI-Australia (SGIA) Culture Centre in Sydney. The forum was organized by the Sydney branch of SeekersHub Global, a non-profit Islamic educational organization, and attended by over 50 people. ... read more