Soka Gakkai International
Buddhism in Action for Peace
History & Philosophy
Stories and reflections on the Buddhist approach to life
The SGI believes that the United Nations, for all its flaws, is a vital organ for international cooperation which enables issues to be tackled on a global level. To help amplify the message of the UN, the SGI has initiated public education programs in support of the International Decade for a Culture of Peace and Non-violence for the Children of the World and the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development. As a nongovernmental organization (NGO) with formal ties to the United Nations, Soka Gakkai in Japan has been associated with the UN Department of Public Information and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) NGO Liaison Unit since 1981. The SGI has been in consultative status with the UN Economic and Social Council since 1983. The SGI Office for UN Affairs, located in New York and Geneva, actively supports UN processes and cooperates with other NGOs in areas including peace and disarmament, sustainable development, human rights education, and gender equality and women’s empowerment.