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Global Efforts for Peace

SGI at Tenth NPT Review Conference

Ambassador Zlauvinen (center) in discussion with Hirotsugu Terasaki (right), director general for peace and global issues for the SGI. Photo by Seikyo Press.

On August 4, the SGI (Soka Gakkai International) cosponsored a panel discussion titled “Avoiding Nuclear War: what short-term steps can be taken?” during the Tenth Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT), held from August 1 to 26 in New York. The event was organized together with the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Kazakhstan to the UN and other organizations. Following the event, participants met with the president of the Tenth NPT Review Conference, H.E. Ambassador Gustavo Zlauvinen. Hirotsugu Terasaki, director general for peace and global issues for the SGI, introduced the SGI’s efforts for nuclear disarmament and presented Ambassador Zlauvinen with SGI President Daisaku Ikeda’s statement calling for “No First Use” of nuclear weapons. On August 5, Soka Gakkai Women’s Peace Committee Vice Chair Chie Sunada introduced a joint statement signed by some 100 Faith Based Organizations at an interfaith event titled “Nuclear Prayer Day.”

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