Peace and Disarmament
SGI President's 30th Peace Proposal Released
On January 26, SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's 30th annual peace proposal titled "Human Security and Sustainability: Sharing Reverence for the Dignity of Life" was released. The proposal points to the possibility of a more hopeful phase in the struggle to realize a nuclear-free world, seeing signs of a tipping point where a "cascade" of governments will support adoption of a Nuclear Weapons Convention (NWC) to comprehensively ban nuclear weapons. He also calls for a nuclear abolition summit to be held in 2015 in Hiroshima and Nagasaki to ensure that the growing momentum toward abolition of nuclear weapons becomes irreversible.
Mr. Ikeda, who has been engaged in the antinuclear movement since the late 1950s, strongly reaffirms his endorsement of the idea of an NWC, stating that we must make "the determination . . . that humanity and nuclear weapons cannot coexist, and give it concrete form as a binding legal agreement expressing the shared conscience of humankind."
He calls for the formation of an NWC action group comprising supportive governments and NGOs and stresses that grassroots efforts for nuclear weapons abolition must address issues from the perspectives of human rights and sustainability and must also be in alignment with international humanitarian law.
Reflecting on the Fukushima nuclear disaster in March 2011, Mr. Ikeda urges Japan to make a rapid transition away from energy policies reliant on nuclear power generation and to intensify its involvement in renewable energy technology and research, both domestically as well as in developing countries. He puts forth the idea of strengthening the global role of the IAEA in dealing with the impacts of nuclear power plant accidents and decommissioning obsolescent reactors.
Considering the suffering caused by an increasing prevalence of natural disasters around the world, Mr. Ikeda calls for responses to be centered on a human rights approach and proposes that UNHCR's mandate be officially expanded to include provision of relief for people displaced by such disasters. He also stresses the importance of empowering women to play a greater role in disaster prevention, mitigation and recovery efforts.
Toward the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development scheduled to be held in Rio de Janeiro in July 2012, Mr. Ikeda calls for a broader debate on the concept of Sustainable Development Goals to follow the Millennium Development Goals from 2015. He urges for there to be a comprehensive approach that will address the full range of sustainability and human security concerns in both developing and developed countries.
Mr. Ikeda, 84, has issued proposals analyzing the key issues facing humankind every year since 1983 on January 26--the day of SGI's founding (Jan 26, 1975). He offers insight from a Buddhist perspective and makes concrete suggestions in a spirit of contribution to the global dialogue centered around the United Nations.
The English translation of the full proposal, together with the synopsis, is available online: 2012 Peace Proposal--Human Security and Sustainability: Sharing Reverence for the Dignity of Life (Synopsis)
[Adapted from a report from the Daisaku Ikeda website; photo courtesy of Seikyo Shimbun]