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Peace and Disarmament | May 11 2009

SGI Exhibition Opens at UNESCO Event in Eugene, Oregon, USA

The conference included a panel discussion, during which representatives from various religious and spiritual traditions, including the Muslim, Christian and Jewish faiths, exchanged views on how religious and spiritual communities can address the current ecological crisis. Throughout the weekend, hundreds of visitors viewed the exhibition which was first launched ... read more

Culture | May 10 2009

Tenth Anniversary of Korea-Japan Friendship Monument Celebrated; SGI-Korea Youth Convention Held

On May 10, 2009, Soka Gakkai representatives and Korean residents in Kyushu, Japan, gathered at the Soka Gakkai Fukuoka Training Center, Fukuoka Prefecture, for a commemorative meeting to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the Korea-Japan Friendship Monument. Soka Gakkai Vice President Masaharu Sato announced that May 15, the day ... read more

Buddhism | May 9 2009

SGI-Hong Kong Announces New Leaders

On May 9, 2009, SGI-Hong Kong held a leaders meeting at the SGI-Hong Kong Culture Center. Some 1,500 participated in the event which was also a kick-off for SGI-Hong Kong's 50th anniversary in 2011. General Director John Ng Chor Yuk and Women's Leader Wo Wai Kuen were announced as ... read more

Culture | May 8 2009

"Dialogue with Nature" Photography Exhibition Held in Daegu, South Korea

From April 29 to May 8, 2009, SGI-Korea and Yonhap News Agency cohosted the exhibition "Dialogue with Nature: Photographs by Daisaku Ikeda" at Daegu Exhibition and Convention Center in Daegu Metropolitan City, South Korea. The Korean Ministry of Culture and Tourism, Ministry of Environment, Daegu Metropolitan City, Federation of Artistic ... read more

Sustainable Development | May 8 2009

SGI Hosts Discussion on Climate Change

From May 4-8, 2009, SGI representatives took part in the 17th UN Commission for Sustainable Development (CSD) session held at the UN headquarters in New York, USA. On May 6, SGI and the CSD Education Caucus co-organized a related panel discussion on adapting to climate change entitled "Voices from ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | May 7 2009

Atomic Bombing Survivors Visit SGI-USA's New York Culture Center

On May 7, 2009, SGI-USA's New York Culture Center hosted a visit by five hibakusha (survivors of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki) who had traveled to present their testimonies and speak out against nuclear weapons during the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) PrepCom being held at the United Nations. ... read more

Press Releases | May 5 2009

A Nuclear Weapons-Free World for Children

Soka Gakkai International (SGI) and the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) jointly called on government delegations, meeting at the United Nations this week, to turn the growing international momentum to abolish nuclear weapons into reality. SGI Vice President Hiromasa Ikeda said, "When we make a nuclear weapons-free world ... read more

Culture | May 3 2009

"From One Earth II" Art Exhibition Shown in Malaysia

From April 18 to May 3, 2009, Soka Gakkai Malaysia (SGM) organized an exhibition entitled "From One Earth II" at the SGM Grand Culture Center in Kuala Lumpur, following the success of the first "From One Earth" showing in conjunction with Earth Day in 2006. Thirteen artists participated in the ... read more

Buddhism | May 3 2009

SGI Members in Africa Meet to Celebrate Soka Gakkai Day

On and around May 3, 2009, SGI members in Africa gathered in their respective countries to celebrate Soka Gakkai Day. SGI-Togo General Director Ida Gbodossou-Adjevi attended a meeting held in Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso. In Freetown, Sierra Leone, SGI members and their friends attended a seminar on ... read more

Buddhism | May 3 2009

SGI Members Celebrate May 3, Soka Gakkai Day

On May 3, 2009, SGI-Brazil (BSGI) held a youth culture festival at Ibirapuera Gymnasium in São Paulo. Some 20,000 BSGI youth gathered from throughout the country. BSGI's young women's Nova Era (New Age) Fife-and-Drum Corps, young men's Taiyo (Sun) Brass Band, young women's Taiga (Big River) dance group and ... read more

Buddhism | May 3 2009

Taiwan Soka Association Opens Newly Constructed Zhi Shan Culture Center

On May 3, 2009, Taiwan Soka Association (TSA) officially opened its recently completed headquarters building, Zhi Shan Culture Center, in Taipei. An SGI delegation from Japan led by SGI Vice President Hiromasa Ikeda attended the opening ceremony. SGI President Daisaku Ikeda sent a congratulatory message. The center is located directly ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | May 1 2009

SGI-USA Youth in Hawaii Sponsor Victory Over Violence Exhibition on Oahu, Hawaii

On May 1, 2009, in Waianae on the Island of Oahu, Hawaii, USA, youth members of SGI-USA's Westside Area hosted SGI-USA's Victory Over Violence (VOV) exhibition at Nanakuli High and Intermediate School's Lei Day Festival. Along with explaining exhibit panels, the young people engaged festival goers in small group discussions ... read more

Interfaith | Apr 30 2009

"Dialogue between East and West" Symposium Held in Spain

In his remarks, UNESCO Association of Lleida President Jesús Sans referred to the importance of dialogue as a means to identify and gain greater understanding of humankind's diverse spiritual values and to strengthen bonds with one another. Francesc Torradeflot, executive secretary of UNESCO Centre of Catalonia and head of the Department ... read more

Buddhism | Apr 30 2009

"Dialogue between East and West" Symposium Held in Spain

In his remarks, UNESCO Association of Lleida President Jesús Sans referred to the importance of dialogue in order to identify and gain greater understanding of humankind's spiritual values and to form bonds with each other. Francesc Torradeflot, executive secretary of UNESCO Centre of Catalonia and head of the Department of ... read more

Interfaith | Apr 29 2009

Interfaith Dialogue Held at Legislative Palace of Montevideo, Uruguay

From April 28-29, 2009, a roundtable entitled "Interfaith Dialogue in Uruguay: A Plural and Civic Proposal" was held in the annex building of the Legislative Palace of Montevideo, Uruguay. SGI-Uruguay representatives were among some 120 participants representing various Uruguayan religious traditions. The event was planned as part of the build-up to ... read more