SGI President Issues Five-Point Plan Toward Nuclear Abolition



    TOKYO, Sept. 8 /CNW/ - Daisaku Ikeda, president of the Soka Gakkai
International (SGI) Buddhist association, issued a proposal Sept. 8 outlining
concrete steps toward the abolition of nuclear weapons. A vocal opponent of
these inhumane weapons for more than 50 years, he stresses that we now have a
unique opportunity to build grassroots solidarity, propel political processes
and break out of the stagnation which has dogged nuclear disarmament and
nonproliferation efforts.
    Ikeda targets the double standards operating in the world today regarding
possession of nuclear weapons and states that no rational arguments for their
retention remain.
    In order to build peace and stability in Northeast Asia, he urges that
all countries involved in the six-party talks concerning North Korea's nuclear
weapons development program declare Northeast Asia a nuclear non-use region,
with the goal of making it a nuclear-weapon-free zone.

    
    Ikeda's proposal, titled "Building Global Solidarity Toward Nuclear
Abolition," outlines five key steps to be taken over the next five years:

    1.  The five declared nuclear-weapon states to announce their commitment
        to a shared vision of a world without nuclear weapons at next year's
        NPT Review Conference and to promptly initiate concrete steps toward
        its achievement.

    2.  The United Nations to establish a panel of experts on nuclear
        abolition, strengthening collaborative relations with civil society
        in the disarmament process.

    3.  The State Parties to the NPT to strengthen nonproliferation
        mechanisms and remove obstacles to the elimination of nuclear weapons
        by the year 2015.

    4.  All states to actively cooperate to reduce the role of nuclear
        weapons in national security and to advance on a global scale toward
        the establishment of security arrangements that are not dependent on
        nuclear weapons by the year 2015.

    5.  The world's people to clearly manifest their will for the outlawing
        of nuclear weapons and to establish, by the year 2015, the
        international norm that will serve as the foundation for a Nuclear
        Weapons Convention.
    

    Ikeda's proposal will be presented on Sept. 10 at an event during the
upcoming Annual UN Department of Public Information/NGO Conference in Mexico
City. The conference aims to build momentum toward the 2010 NPT Review
Conference which offers a critical opportunity for progress toward nuclear
abolition.
    In 2006, Ikeda issued a proposal on UN reform, stressing that only a
groundswell of public opinion against nuclear weapons will ultimately compel
governments to act. In 2007, SGI launched the "People's Decade for Nuclear
Abolition" and intensified its awareness-raising efforts, in partnership with
other NGOs.
    Ikeda states that ultimately, the struggle against nuclear weapons is a
moral one, commenting: "...to put the era of nuclear terror behind us, we must
struggle against the real 'enemy.' That enemy is not nuclear weapons per se,
nor the states that possess or develop them. The real enemy that we must
confront is the ways of thinking that justify nuclear weapons; the readiness
to annihilate others when they are seen as a threat or a hindrance to the
realization of our objectives."
    Daisaku Ikeda is president of the Soka Gakkai International lay Buddhist
association, an international network with 12 million members whose activities
to promote a culture of peace are based on the longstanding principles of
Buddhist humanism.
    For information about SGI's antinuclear activities, see:
http://www.sgi.org/assets/pdf/do/SGI_NGO_AR_2009.pdf
    For the People's Decade for Nuclear Abolition campaign, SGI has created
educational resources including the "Testimonies of Hiroshima and Nagasaki:
Women Speak Out for Peace" multi-language DVD. See:
http://www.peoplesdecade.org





For further information:

For further information: Joan Anderson Office of Public Information,
Soka Gakkai International, Tel: +81-3-5360-9482, Fax: +81-3-5360-9885, URL:
www.sgi.org, E-mail: janderson@sgi.gr.jp


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