Peace and Disarmament
SGI-Sweden Join International Conference on Nuclear Disarmament
From November 6-8, 2009, SGI-Sweden participated in an international conference on nuclear disarmament together with 17 organizations including the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War and the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, in Stockholm, Sweden.
The Sweden Pugwash Committee and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Sweden co-sponsored the event whose theme was nuclear disarmament and the role of civil society in strengthening the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT). Nongovernmental organizations from 30 countries, United Nations representatives, researchers and experts on nuclear abolition comprised the 250 attendees. SGI representatives participated in the plenary session subcommittee meetings.
SGI-Sweden members were part of the conference planning and production and also displayed SGI's exhibition "From a Culture of Violence to a Culture of Peace: Transforming the Human Spirit." SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's September 8, 2009, nuclear abolition proposal "Building Global Solidarity Toward Nuclear Abolition" was also introduced.
UN High Representative for Disarmament Affairs Sergio de Queiroz Duarte paid tribute to SGI's work and stated that nuclear disarmament depends primarily on the active efforts of civil society. Similarly, Ray Acheson from the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom commented on the importance of SGI's exhibitions in promoting action among civil society.
[Adapted from an article in the November 13, 2009 issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan; photos courtesy of Seikyo Shimbun]