Peace and Disarmament
SGI President's 2010 Peace Proposal Released
On January 26, 2010, a peace proposal titled "Toward a New Era of Value Creation" was released, in which SGI President Ikeda calls for accelerated moves toward the realization of a world without nuclear weapons. He also urges concrete steps toward generating meaningful employment opportunities in the current economic downturn and making investment in education for girls a priority development objective.
Noting that the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) Review Conference scheduled for May 2010 provides a vital opportunity for progress, Mr. Ikeda outlines three imperatives:
1) To establish nuclear weapon non-use zones, particularly in Northeast Asia, South Asia and the Middle East, as a step toward complete denuclearization.
2) To amend the statute of the International Criminal Court to classify the use of nuclear weapons as a war crime.
3) To create a multilateral system by which the United Nations General Assembly and the Security Council work together toward the complete elimination of nuclear weapons, as provided for by Article 26 of the UN Charter which gives the Security Council responsibility to formulate plans for the regulation of armaments.
Mr. Ikeda urges intensive efforts over the next five years to achieve these goals, culminating in a nuclear abolition summit to be held in Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 2015, which would symbolically mark the end of the era of nuclear weapons within the lifetimes of survivors of the nuclear bombings of those cities.
This is the 28th annual peace proposal Mr. Ikeda has issued to commemorate the SGI's founding on January 26, 1975.
[Adapted from a January 26, 2010, SGI Office of Public Information]