Peace and Disarmament
SGI Representatives Attend NPT PrepCom in New York
From May 3-12, 2009, an SGI delegation led by Hirotsugu Terasaki, Executive Director of the SGI Office of Peace Affairs, participated in the meetings held at the United Nations Headquarters in New York preparatory to the 2010 Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) Review Conference. The NPT is one of the most important international disarmament conventions; it is designed to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons and obligates states already possessing them to take steps toward their elimination.
On May 11, the SGI organized a symposium "Nuclear Abolition and Human Security: Shared Action to Meet a Common Threat." The speakers were: Kazuo Tase, chief of the Human Security Unit, UN Office of Coordination for Humanitarian Affairs; Patricia Lewis, Deputy Director of the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies at the Monterey Institute of International Studies; and Kathleen Sullivan, Education Consultant to the UN Office for Disarmament Affairs. The event, which was co-sponsored by the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), explored how the perspectives of "human security"--a commitment to welfare of real people's lives as opposed to the often abstract imperatives of national interests--can be brought to bear in countering the threat of nuclear weapons.
[Adapted a report from the SGI Office of Public Information, Japan]