Peace and Disarmament
Toda Institute and Pugwash Hold Conference Focusing on Abolishing Nuclear Weapons by 2040
On August 16-18, the Canadian group of the Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs and the Toda Institute for Global Peace and Policy Research co-organized a conference focusing on the achievement of a nuclear-weapons-free world by 2040. The conference was attended by 35 scholars and researchers from seven countries and held at Thinker’s Lodge in Pugwash, Nova Scotia, Canada.
The discussions highlighted the specific requirements necessary for achieving nuclear abolition, namely, UN Security Council reform, strengthening the international judicial system, and working toward greater appreciation of human dignity.
Thinker's Lodge was the venue for the very first Pugwash Conference held in 1957 and attended by 22 eminent scientists from around the world. It was convened in response to the release of the 1955 Russell-Einstein Manifesto, which "called upon scientists of all political persuasions to assemble to discuss the threat posed to civilization by the advent of thermonuclear weapons."
This year marks the 55th anniversary of both the founding of the Pugwash Conferences and second Soka Gakkai president Josei Toda's Declaration Calling for the Abolition of Nuclear Weapons.
The Toda Institute for Global Peace and Policy Research was founded by SGI President Daisaku Ikeda in 1996 in honor of Mr. Toda's stance against nuclear weapons and to bring together peace researchers, policy makers and activists on projects related to peace-building and dialogue among civilizations.
[Adapted from an article in the September 6, 2012, issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan; photo courtesy of Seikyo Shimbun]