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Human Rights | Jan 26 2014

Child Rights Campaign Launched by Soka Gakkai Women's Peace Committee

Child Rights Campaign Launched by Soka Gakkai Women's Peace Committee

In January, the Soka Gakkai Women's Peace Committee launched a campaign titled "Building a Culture of Peace Together With Children," to raise awareness of children’s rights and to commemorate the upcoming 25th anniversary of the adoption of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) by the UN General Assembly on November 20, 1989. ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Jan 26 2014

Soka Gakkai Youth Launch "SOKA Global Action" Peace Campaign

Soka Gakkai Youth Launch "SOKA Global Action" Peace Campaign

At the start of January, Soka Gakkai youth in Japan launched a new peace campaign titled "SOKA Global Action." The campaign has three key aims: (1) to contribute to building a culture of peace and work together with SGI youth around the world toward the abolition of nuclear weapons, (2) to promote goodwill and build ties of friendship through cultural exchanges within Asia, and (3) to assist and support reconstruction efforts following the March 11, 2011, Great East Japan Earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster which devastated parts of the Tohoku region. ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Jan 20 2014

SGI-USA Cohosts Martin Luther King Jr. Day Events in Santa Monica

SGI-USA Cohosts Martin Luther King Jr. Day Events in Santa Monica

SGI-USA celebrated Martin Luther King Jr. Day on January 20 with a festival themed "Unity in Community." SGI-USA cohosted the festival, held at its World Peace Ikeda Auditorium in Santa Monica, California, together with The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Westside Coalition and others including the City of Santa Monica and Santa Monica College Associates. ... read more

Buddhism | Jan 19 2014

SGI European Summit Held at New Center in Milan, Italy

SGI European Summit Held at New Center in Milan, Italy

From January 17-19, SGI-Europe held a leaders' summit at the newly opened Milan Ikeda Peace Culture Center, located in Corsico, on the outskirts of Milan. Some 200 leaders from 31 countries across Europe attended. ... read more

Human Rights | Jan 11 2014

SGI-USA Cosponsors UN Women Assembly on Making LA a Safer City

SGI-USA Cosponsors UN Women Assembly on Making LA a Safer City

On January 11, SGI-USA cosponsored the Second Annual Special Assembly of the Greater Los Angeles Chapter of the US National Committee for UN Women at its Culture of Peace Resource Center in Santa Monica, California. ... read more

Humanitarian Activities | Jan 5 2014

SGI-Hong Kong Members Take Part in Fund-raising Walk

SGI-Hong Kong Members Take Part in Fund-raising Walk

On January 5, some 200 SGI-Hong Kong (SGI-HK) members participated in the "Hong Kong and Kowloon Walk for Millions." The walk is an annual fund-raising event organized by The Community Chest of Hong Kong, an NGO that provides financial support to a wide range of welfare services and initiatives working with vulnerable groups in Hong Kong. ... read more

Culture | Dec 27 2013

Impressionism Exhibition Shown at Tokyo Fuji Art Museum

Impressionism Exhibition Shown at Tokyo Fuji Art Museum

On October 22, the exhibition "Impressionists at the Waterside--Depicting Urban Resorts: Paris, the Seine, and Normandy" opened at the SGI-affiliated Tokyo Fuji Art Museum (TFAM) in Hachioji, Japan, to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the museum's founding in 1983. ... read more

Interfaith | Dec 22 2013

SGI-Italy Hosts Interfaith Discussion on Religion's Role in Peacebuilding

SGI-Italy Hosts Interfaith Discussion on Religion's Role in Peacebuilding

On December 15, as part of its Senzatomica nuclear disarmament campaign, SGI-Italy sponsored an interfaith roundtable discussion titled "The Power of the Human Spirit is Stronger Than the Atomic Bomb." ... read more

Education | Dec 21 2013

"Has Schooling Interfered with My Education?" Lecture Held in Singapore

"Has Schooling Interfered with My Education?" Lecture Held in Singapore

On December 21, as part of their annual Student Peace Lecture series, Singapore Soka Association (SSA)'s student members invited Betsy Lim, a senior lecturer at the National Institute of Education, to speak on the topic "Has schooling interfered with my education?" ... read more

Buddhism | Dec 16 2013

SGI-South Africa Holds Memorial Prayer Meetings for Mandela and Participates in Day of Reconciliation

SGI-South Africa Holds Memorial Prayer Meetings for Mandela and Participates in Day of Reconciliation

On the evening of December 6, following news of the passing of former South African President Nelson Mandela the previous day, SGI-South Africa (SGI-SA) held a prayer meeting at its national center in Johannesburg. ... read more

Education | Dec 12 2013

New Website Features Animated Children's Stories by SGI President

New Website Features Animated Children's Stories by SGI President

On December 12, a new website titled "Treasures of the Heart" featuring animated adaptions of children's stories by SGI President Daisaku Ikeda was launched. ... read more

Culture | Dec 8 2013

Min-On Commemorates 50th Anniversary with Power of Music Symposium Series

Min-On Commemorates 50th Anniversary with Power of Music Symposium Series

On October 22, in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of its founding by SGI President Daisaku Ikeda on October 18, 1963, the Min-On Concert Association launched "The Power of Music" symposium series with a special lecture held at Tsuda Hall in Tokyo. ... read more

Buddhism | Dec 8 2013

Soka Gakkai Headquarters Leaders Meeting Held in Okinawa

Soka Gakkai Headquarters Leaders Meeting Held in Okinawa

On December 8, in conjunction with the Soka Gakkai Okinawa General Meeting, the second Soka Gakkai Headquarters Leaders Meeting of the New Era of Worldwide Kosen-rufu was held in the grounds of the Soka Gakkai Okinawa Training Center, a former missile launch site. ... read more

Press Releases | Dec 6 2013

SGI President's Comment on Passing of Former South African President Nelson Mandela

In response to a request from the Japanese media, SGI President Daisaku Ikeda made the following comment today in tribute to former South African President Nelson Mandela: ... read more

Interfaith | Dec 1 2013

Interfaith Conferences Held in France on Values Needed to Reform Economy

Interfaith Conferences Held in France on Values Needed to Reform Economy

Between September and December, the Soka movement in France held a series of interfaith conferences titled "The Economy in Question: The contributions of spiritual and religious perspectives," focusing on generating the kinds of human values needed to rebuild the economy, at a time when liberal economics is being widely criticized for its excesses. ... read more