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Anti-nuclear Weapons Exhibition: "Toward a World Free From Nuclear Weapons: From a Culture of Violence to a Culture of Peace"

[To view the panels, download PDF (1.7MB) here]

The SGI exhibition "Toward a World Free From Nuclear Weapons: From a Culture of Violence to a Culture of Peace" was launched on September 8, 2007, in New York at a civil society forum to galvanize public opinion toward the abolition of nuclear weapons.

The exhibition was created to commemorate the 50th anniversary of second Soka Gakkai president Josei Toda's September 8, 1957, Declaration Calling for the Abolition of Nuclear Weapons and in response to SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's call for the establishment of a "Decade of Action by the World's People for Nuclear Abolition" put forward in his August 2006 UN Proposal.

As of July 2014, the exhibition has been shown in more than 230 cities in 31 countries and territories in 9 different languages.

Objectives

  • To communicate the links between the nuclear weapons issue and human security, placing nuclear abolition at the heart of the work of building a culture of peace
  • To galvanize public opinion towards the abolition of nuclear weapons and the creation of a culture of peace and empower viewers to take action toward this end

Concept

Nuclear weapons stand at the top of the pyramid of violence, the pervasive influence of which hangs heavily over our daily lives and manifests as conflicts between communities, distrust, crime, domestic violence and abuse. At the bottom of this pyramid lies the silent, passive form of violence that is a lack of concern for others' sufferings.

The exhibition highlights the synergy between the goals of human security and disarmament, particularly nuclear weapons abolition. It also refers to the personal dimensions of disarmament, suggesting that the issue of nuclear weapons provides us with an opportunity to fundamentally change our mindset as we engage in the challenge of moving from a culture of violence to a culture of peace.

Contents

The exhibition consists of four sections with a total of 36 panels and is available in English, Spanish, Arabic and Japanese. It has also been shown in Chinese, Icelandic, German, Italian and Thai.

  • Section 1: Ensuring Human Security
  • Section 2: Arms-Based Security vs. Human Security
  • Section 3: Changing Our Worldview
  • Section 4: Global Efforts for Peace

 

Links

Queries about this exhibition should be directed through the People's Decade for Nuclear Abolition website

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