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Press Releases | Jan 26 2011

Buddhist Leader Calls for Progress on Abolition of Nuclear Weapons, Building Global Human Rights Culture

In a proposal released on Jan. 26, "Toward a World of Dignity for All: The Triumph of the Creative Life," Soka Gakkai International (SGI) President Daisaku Ikeda calls for global civil society to take the lead in resolving two key challenges of our time: abolishing nuclear weapons and building a global culture of human rights. ... read more

Press Releases | Nov 22 2010

SGI President Awarded 300th Academic Honor from University of Massachusetts Boston

TOKYO, Nov 22: Daisaku Ikeda, president of the Soka Gakkai International Buddhist association and founder of Soka University, was awarded the degree of Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa, from the University of Massachusetts Boston at a ceremony held in Tokyo's Shinjuku Ward on November 21. This brings to 300 the total ... read more

Press Releases | Nov 4 2010

Soka Gakkai Buddhist Association Celebrates 80 Years of Empowerment for Peace

  TOKYO, Nov. 4: The Soka Gakkai Buddhist association celebrated its 80th anniversary with a commemorative meeting in Tokyo, Japan, on November 3, 2010, attended by around 5,000 people, including 250 members of Soka Gakkai International (SGI) representing 65 countries and territories. At the meeting, orchestral, choral and other musical performances were ... read more

Press Releases | Oct 5 2010

Exhibition on Nuclear Disarmament and Human Security Opens in Vienna

TOKYO, Oct 5: An antinuclear exhibition created by Buddhist association Soka GakkaiInternational (SGI), "From a Culture of Violence to a Culture of Peace: Transforming the Human Spirit," opened on October 4 at the Rotunda of the Vienna International Centre, the UN headquarters in the city, in cooperation with the NGO Committee ... read more

Press Releases | Sep 9 2010

Women, Peace and Security Seminar Highlights Women's Contributions to Peacebuilding

Women, Peace and Security Seminar Highlights Women's Contributions to Peacebuilding

TOKYO, Sep 9: The United Nations University (UNU) hosted a seminar entitled "Women Making Peace: Where Are We Now? Maximizing the Impact of UN Security Council Resolution 1325, 10 Years On" on September 8, 2010, assessing global progress toward implementation of the groundbreaking resolution which calls for increased recognition of ... read more

Press Releases | May 13 2010

SGI President Awarded Honorary Professorship from Tsinghua University, China

TOKYO, May 13: Daisaku Ikeda, president of the Soka Gakkai International lay Buddhist organization, was awarded the title of honorary professor from Tsinghua University*, China, at a ceremony held in Tokyo's Shibuya Ward on May 13. Tsinghua University President Gu Binglin headed a delegation that included Deputy Secretary-General Wang ... read more

Press Releases | May 12 2010

Two Million Youth Call for Nuclear Weapon-Free World

NEW YORK, May 12: On May 11, a petition of 2,276,167 signatures from youth calling for the adoption of a Nuclear Weapons Convention which would comprehensively ban nuclear weapons was presented to Ambassador Leslie B. Gatan, adviser to the president of the ongoing Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) Review Conference, ... read more

Press Releases | Apr 28 2010

Youth Reject Nuclear Weapons, SGI Survey Shows

TOKYO, Apr. 28: From January to March 2010, youth members of Soka Gakkai International (SGI) in six countries conducted surveys of their peers' attitudes toward nuclear weapons and their abolition in advance of the upcoming NPT Review Conference. A total of 4,362 interview surveys were conducted of people from their teens ... read more

Press Releases | Jan 26 2010

SGI President Calls for Accelerated Action toward Nuclear Abolition

Tokyo, Japan: In a proposal released on Jan. 26, "Toward a New Era of Value Creation," Soka Gakkai International (SGI) President Daisaku 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 ... read more

Press Releases | Jan 20 2010

SGI Organizations Support Haiti Relief Efforts

Tokyo, Japan: Soka Gakkai International (SGI) organizations around the world have made donations to assist the relief efforts in Haiti following the devastating earthquake which hit the country on January 12, 2010. On January 15, Soka Gakkai Japan Vice President Kenji Yoshigo visited Jean Claude Bordes, Charge d'Affaires at the ... read more

Press Releases | Dec 8 2009

Faiths Join to Stress Vital Challenge of Nuclear Abolition at Melbourne Parliament of World's Religions

Tokyo, Japan: Buddhist, Christian, Jewish and Muslim representatives joined voices during the Parliament of the World's Religions in Melbourne, Australia, on December 7, calling for moral leadership by the world's religions in the effort to abolish nuclear weapons. Dr. Sue Wareham, former president of the Medical Association for Prevention of ... read more

Press Releases | Sep 8 2009

SGI President Issues Five-Point Plan Toward Nuclear Abolition

Tokyo, Japan: Daisaku Ikeda, president of the Soka Gakkai International (SGI) Buddhist association, issued a proposal Sept. 8 outlining concrete steps toward the abolition of nuclear weapons. A vocal opponent of these inhumane weapons for more than 50 years, he stresses that we now have a unique opportunity to ... read more

Press Releases | May 5 2009

A Nuclear Weapons-Free World for Children

Soka Gakkai International (SGI) and the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) jointly called on government delegations, meeting at the United Nations this week, to turn the growing international momentum to abolish nuclear weapons into reality. SGI Vice President Hiromasa Ikeda said, "When we make a nuclear weapons-free world ... read more

Press Releases | Apr 16 2009

Call for End to Nuclear Weapons at Oslo Launch of Exhibit on Human Security and Nuclear Abolition

Tokyo, Japan: Senior Norwegian politicians issued a strong call for the abolition of nuclear weapons at the opening of an exhibition linking nuclear abolition and human security attended by around 120 diplomats, scholars and activists at the Oslo City Hall Gallery on April 15. Former Prime Minister Kjell Magne Bondevik and ... read more

Press Releases | Mar 23 2009

Buddhist Leader Receives 250th Academic Honor For Contributions to Education, Peace

Tokyo, Japan: On March 21, 2009, at a graduation ceremony at Soka University in Hachioji, Tokyo, University College South of Denmark conferred an honorary doctorate upon Daisaku Ikeda, founder of Soka University and president of the Soka Gakkai International (SGI), bringing to 250 the number of academic honors he has ... read more