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The SGI (Soka Gakkai International) 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 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.
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.
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.
Queries about this exhibition should be directed through the contact[at]peacesgi.org.