Buddhist Leader's 2009 Peace Proposal Highlights Nuclear Disarmament, "Humanitarian Competition"

    TOKYO, Jan. 26 /CNW/ - On January 26, Daisaku Ikeda, president of the
Soka Gakkai International (SGI) Buddhist association, issued his annual peace
proposal entitled "Toward Humanitarian Competition: A New Current in History."
    Analyzing the global economic crisis, Ikeda questions humanity's abstract
love of money, calling for a focus on the real needs of real people and
stressing the need to strengthen social safety nets. To resolve the crisis of
capitalism, he advocates a paradigm shift to "humanitarian competition," a
concept first proposed by Soka Gakkai founder Tsunesaburo Makiguchi in 1903,
in which nations and individuals compete to contribute the most to global
    To make the current crisis a catalyst for change, he calls for shared
action to tackle global environmental problems, shared responsibility and
international cooperation over global public goods, and shared efforts for
peace through dialogue.
    To seize the chance for progress toward nuclear abolition, Ikeda calls
for a U.S.-Russia summit at the earliest opportunity and for a series of
five-state summits of all the NPT nuclear-weapon-states to draw up a roadmap
toward fulfilling their disarmament obligations under Article VI of the 1968
Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT). He supports calls for a Nuclear
Weapons Convention prohibiting the use, manufacture, possession, deployment
and transfer of nuclear weapons. To build widespread public support for such
initiatives, SGI has launched a "People's Decade for Nuclear Abolition," which
utilizes various public education tools and links with other groups such as
the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN).
    Other specific proposals include: creating a UN agency responsible for
sustainable energy; establishing a World Food Bank to supply emergency relief
or help stabilize markets in a food crisis; increasing use of international
solidarity levies to fund efforts toward the Millennium Development Goals; and
strengthening the UN's ability to cooperate with civil society actors and to
function as a think tank "capable of offering future-oriented vision and
action strategies based on what the world will look like 50 or 100 years from
    This is the 27th annual proposal authored by Daisaku Ikeda on January 26
to commemorate the founding of the SGI, a Buddhist association with 12 million
members in 192 countries and territories. SGI's peace activities are part of
the long-standing tradition of Buddhist humanism.

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,

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