Annual peace proposal from Buddhist leader applauds youth climate action and promotes nuclear weapons treaty

Religion News Service | 1/27/2020 | RNS Press Release Distribution Service
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On January 26, 2020, the 38th annual peace proposal by Daisaku Ikeda, president of the Soka Gakkai International (SGI) Buddhist network, titled “Toward Our Shared Future: Constructing an Era of Human Solidarity” was released, marking the anniversary of the founding of the SGI.

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Climate action and nuclear weapons abolition are Ikeda’s main themes, with a focus on the individual lives and suffering often hidden behind macroeconomic indices. He describes climate change as “a fundamental challenge, on which the fate of humankind hinges,” and stresses that it threatens to render meaningless global efforts toward achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Praising the energy of youth climate activists, he states, “When young people’s will to transform reality merges with an indomitable optimism, the possibilities are limitless.”

Ikeda proposes that UN Youth Climate Summits be held every year toward 2030 and calls for a Security Council Resolution mainstreaming youth participation in climate-related decision-making.

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Concerned about the increased damage caused by climate-fueled extreme weather events, he suggests that the next UN conference on disaster risk reduction planned for 2022 be held in Japan, with a focus on extreme weather-related disasters. In particular, he proposes that local municipalities in coastal areas in Asia exchange best practices related to climate change risk reduction, and that the voices and input of women be fully taken into account in all strategies to strengthen resilience and disaster preparedness.

Consistent with his decades of action toward the abolition of nuclear weapons, Ikeda urges efforts to ensure that the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) reaches 50 ratifications and thus enters into force this year, the 75th anniversary of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

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He proposes holding a People’s Forum for a World Without Nuclear Weapons centered on...
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