Peace and Disarmament
SGI-Denmark and Pugwash Conference Cosponsor Antinuclear Symposium
On September 27, 2007, SGI-Denmark and the Danish Committee of the Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs (Pugwash Denmark) cosponsored a symposium titled "The Current Dangers of Nuclear Weapons" at Christiansborg Castle, Denmark's parliament house in Copenhagen. Some 150 peace scholars, activists and embassy officials participated in the event, including Chair of the Danish United Nations Association and Associate Professor Jørgen Estrup, Minister Counsellor Vladimir Ulasovich of the Embassy of the Russian Federation in Denmark. SGI President Daisaku Ikeda sent a message for the occasion expressing his hopes that the collected wisdom of the intellects gathered at the conference would discover a way to dispel the threat of nuclear weapons, thereby eliminating the potential for humanity's destruction.
The symposium opened with a welcome by John Avery, chair of Pugwash Denmark and member of the Danish Peace Academy, as well as associate professor of quantum chemistry at the University of Copenhagen. Former Foreign Minister of Denmark M. F. Mogens Lykketoft then spoke on the current situation of the development, possession and disposition of nuclear weapons in Europe. Next, Dr. David Krieger, president of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation (U.S.A.) called for a network of citizens around the world to collaborate toward a nuclear-free world. He also stressed the importance of politicians to transcend political agendas and for nations to go beyond their own interests so that they can pool their collective wisdom toward the complete eradication of nuclear warfare.
The floor was then open for discussion which was moderated by SGI-Denmark General Director Jan Møller.
The last lecture was presented by renowned peace activist Dr. Maj Britt Theorin, former Disarmament Ambassador for Sweden and former Member of the Swedish and European Parliaments. Dr. Theorin emphasized that we must never give up in our efforts for nuclear disarmament, but that we continuously ask ourselves what we can each do in our own capacity to contribute towards a nuclear free world and then take positive action.
[Adapted from an article in the October 28, 2007 issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan]