“Toward a New Era of Peace and Disarmament: A People-Centered Approach” – Peace Proposal by Daisaku Ikeda, President of Soka Gakkai International

Human Wrongs Watch

“Amid the continued escalation of global challenges, crises that were previously unthinkable are now becoming reality throughout the world” — Daisaku Ikeda


On January 26, 2019, the 37th annual peace proposal by Daisaku Ikeda, president of the Soka Gakkai International (SGI) Buddhist movement, was released, titled “Toward a New Era of Peace and Disarmament: A People-Centered Approach.”

The proposal’s main theme is the need for concerted effort in disarmament, particularly hastening progress toward the abolition of nuclear weapons around the 2017 Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW).

President Ikeda also stresses the dangers of emerging lethal autonomous weapons systems (LAWS) and proposes the prompt convening of a conference to negotiate a treaty banning these weapons.

Applauding the May 2018 Disarmament Agenda of UN Secretary-General António Guterres, President Ikeda advocates a shift from seeing security solely in terms of state or military security, toward a human focus, a people-centered multilateralism based on the effort to build a world in which all people can experience meaningful security.

He notes how the complexity and scale of global challenges can make youth feel that positive change is impossible. He calls on them to resist feelings of resignation and “meet the severe challenges of our age as agents of proactive and contagious change.”

President Ikeda urges youth engagement with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as crucial to their achievement. He calls for expansion of the United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI) network of universities committed to supporting the SDGs and proposes a world conference of such universities in 2020. read more…

The full proposal is available in English HERE.

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