TOKYO, Jan. 26, 2012 /CNW/ - In his 30th annual peace proposal, released
on January 26, Daisaku Ikeda, president of the Soka Gakkai
International (SGI) Buddhist association, calls for a nuclear abolition
summit to be held in 2015 in Hiroshima and Nagasaki to ensure that the
growing momentum toward abolition of nuclear weapons becomes
Holding this summit on the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombings of
these cities, and in the year of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty
(NPT) Review Conference, would bring home to world leaders the terrible
destructive capacity of nuclear weapons and help ensure the necessary
action toward their abolition, thereby marking the effective end of the
nuclear weapons era.
In this year's proposal, titled "Human Security and Sustainability:
Sharing Reverence for the Dignity of Life," Ikeda points to the
possibility of a more hopeful phase in the struggle to realize a
nuclear-free world, seeing signs of a tipping point where a "cascade"
of governments will support adoption of a Nuclear Weapons Convention
(NWC) to comprehensively ban nuclear weapons.
Ikeda, who has been engaged in the antinuclear movement since the late
1950s, strongly reaffirms his endorsement of the idea of an NWC,
stating that we must take "the determination... that humanity and
nuclear weapons cannot coexist, and give it concrete form as a binding
legal agreement expressing the shared conscience of humankind."
He calls for formation of an action group for an NWC, comprising
supportive governments and NGOs, and urges that if arguments from the
perspectives of human rights and sustainability are mustered alongside
those from international humanitarian law, this will expand the
groundswell of grassroots efforts pushing for nuclear weapons
Reflecting on the Fukushima nuclear disaster in March 2011, Ikeda urges
Japan to make a rapid transition to energy policies not reliant on
nuclear power generation, and to intensify its involvement in renewable
energy technology and research, both domestically and to support
efforts in developing countries. He calls for a strengthening of the
global role of the IAEA in dealing with the impacts of nuclear power
plant accidents and the decommissioning of obsolescent reactors.
Considering the suffering caused by an increasing prevalence of natural
disasters around the world, Ikeda calls for responses to be centered on
a human rights approach and proposes that UNHCR's mandate be officially
expanded to include provision of relief for people displaced by such
disasters. He also stresses the importance of empowering women to play
a greater role in disaster prevention, mitigation and recovery efforts.
Toward the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development being
held this year in Rio de Janeiro, Ikeda calls for a broader debate on
the concept of Sustainable Development Goals to follow the Millennium
Development Goals from 2015. He urges a comprehensive approach that
will address the full range of sustainability and human security
concerns in both developing and developed countries.
Read a synopsis of the proposal at: http://www.sgi.org/sgipresident/proposals/peace/2012.html
Daisaku Ikeda, 84, has issued proposals analyzing the key issues facing
humankind on January 26 every year since 1983, commemorating SGI's
founding on that date in 1975. He offers insight from a Buddhist
perspective and makes concrete suggestions in a spirit of contribution
to the global dialogue centered around the United Nations. Many of his
proposals have borne fruit.
Soka Gakkai International is a socially engaged Buddhist association
with over 12 million members around the world.
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