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(the Soka Gakkai's daily newspaper)

  • Soka Gakkai Donates to UNHCR in Support of African Nations Japan Four people posing for the camera with donation certificates. UNHCR Japan Representative Karen Farkas (center left) and Soka Gakkai President Minoru Harada (center right) at the donation ceremony with Executive Director of Japan for UNHCR Masayuki Kawai (left) and Soka Gakkai Vice President Hirotsugu Terasaki (right) [© Seikyo Shimbun] Soka Gakkai Donates to UNHCR in Support of African Nations Japan:

    On November 28, the Soka Gakkai donated five million yen (US$ 35,993) to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) toward humanitarian assistance in Africa. UNHCR Japan Representative Karen Farkas visited the Soka Gakkai Headquarters in Tokyo to meet with Soka Gakkai President Minoru Harada and expressed her gratitude for the donation. Ms. Farkas remarked on the severe humanitarian crises in Somalia and Ethiopia and stated the donation would be used to support children in harsh conditions and improve food security.   

  • SGI Holds Side Events at COP27 Global Youth panelists seated on the stage and a speaker at the front facing the audience. At the youth interfaith event co-organized by SGI-UK and the Catholic Youth Network for Environmental Sustainability in Africa [© Seikyo Shimbun] SGI Holds Side Events at COP27 Global:

    The SGI (Soka Gakkai International) co-organized two official side events during the 27th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP27) held in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt, from November 6 to 20. On November 15, SGI-UK and the Catholic Youth Network for Environmental Sustainability in Africa co-organized an interfaith event, “Global Interfaith Youth Action on Climate Change: Gather, Discuss, Empower and Act.” On the same day, the International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO), the Korea Forest Service and the SGI co-organized a side event titled “The Potential of REDD+ as a Cooperative Approach and the Need for Capacity Building.” REDD+ is a framework that guides activities in the forest sector aiming to reduce emissions from deforestation and forest degradation. A reforestation project in Togo that is jointly supported by the ITTO and the Soka Gakkai was highlighted during the event. 

  • SGI-Argentina Participates in Interfaith Dialogue on Climate Change Argentina People from various religious backgrounds sitting around a table. [© Seikyo Shimbun] SGI-Argentina Participates in Interfaith Dialogue on Climate Change Argentina:

    On October 20, SGI-Argentina representatives participated in a forum for interfaith and social dialogue, which was held to coincide with the C40 World Mayors Summit in Buenos Aires. The participants engaged in small group discussions on climate change.