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News Highlights from Seikyo Shimbun
(the Soka Gakkai's daily newspaper)

  • Future Action Festival on Nuclear Abolition and Climate Crisis Held in Tokyo Japan Festival participants and performers at a national stadium Scenes from the Future Action Festival [© Seikyo Shimbun] Future Action Festival on Nuclear Abolition and Climate Crisis Held in Tokyo Japan:

    On March 24, some 70,000 youth gathered for the Future Action Festival, held at the Japan National Stadium in Tokyo, calling for immediate action on the abolition of nuclear weapons and the climate crisis. Sharing a commitment to the creation of a peaceful and sustainable future, 28 partner and supporting organizations, both NGOs, including SGI youth in Japan, and UN organizations, cooperated in the preparation of the festival. It was also supported by many private sector sponsors. The Organizing Committee of the Future Action Festival issued a joint statement on nuclear abolition and the climate crisis to be submitted to the Summit of the Future to be held at the UN Headquarters in New York in September.        

    The statement was based on the results of a survey administered by the Organizing Committee and responded to by some 120,000 people across Japan. Rector of the United Nations University and Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations Tshilidzi Marwala received the statement and delivered a speech in which he stressed the importance of youth participation in tackling global issues.  

    UN Assistant Secretary-General for Youth Affairs Felipe Paullier and ICAN Executive Director Melissa Parke sent video messages to the event. Also live music, dance performances, and a panel discussion on nuclear abolition and sustainability were featured. A livestream of the event was viewed by over 500,000 people.

  • “Seeds of Hope & Action” Exhibition Held in Sucre Bolivia Viewers being given an explanation of an exhibition panel Viewing the “Seeds of Hope and Action” exhibition at the University of San Francisco Xavier de Chuquisaca “Seeds of Hope & Action” Exhibition Held in Sucre Bolivia:

    From March 16 to 30, the “Seeds of Hope & Action: Making the SDGs a Reality” exhibition, a joint initiative of the Earth Charter International and the SGI (Soka Gakkai International), was shown at the University of San Francisco Xavier de Chuquisaca in Sucre, Bolivia. Over 200 faculty and students, including university Rector Walter Arízaga Cervantes, attended the opening ceremony. A total of over 2,800 people viewed the exhibition.  

  • SGI-UK Holds Youth Festival UK People gathered in a hall Youth at the “This is Our Age Festival” SGI-UK Holds Youth Festival UK:

    On March 16, SGI-UK held the This is Our Age Festival at its Taplow Court Grand Culture Centre. The festival is part of SGI-UK’s This is Our Age campaign, a series of events leading up to 50th anniversary of SGI’s founding on January 26, 1975. Over 1,000 young people attended the festival that had a craft workshop for children and musical performances and featured the “Seeds of Hope & Action: Making the SDGs a Reality” exhibition, a joint initiative of the Earth Charter International and the SGI (Soka Gakkai International).

  • Hibakusha Portraits Exhibition Opens in Tokyo Japan People viewing photos at an exhibition The “Portraits of the Hibakusha: 80 Years Remembered” exhibition on display in Tokyo [© Seikyo Shimbun] Hibakusha Portraits Exhibition Opens in Tokyo Japan:

    On March 15, the exhibition “Portraits of the Hibakusha: 80 Years Remembered,” created by a UK-based NGO 80,000 Voices in collaboration with photographer Patrick Boyd and supported by the SGI (Soka Gakkai International), opened at the Soka Bunka (Culture) Center in Tokyo, Japan. Gina Langton, director of 80,000 Voices, which promotes nuclear abolition through art, and Mr. Boyd sent a joint message to the opening ceremony. The exhibition features 52 black and white portraits of hibakusha from Hiroshima and Nagasaki, together with their words. The portraits are printed using lenticular printing, which produces images with a three-dimensional effect. The exhibition will run until May 31.

  • SGI at Commission on the Status of Women in New York Global Participants gathered in a conference room Ivy Koek of the SGI Office for UN Affairs facilitating the parallel event “Overcoming Poverty: Young Women’s Leadership through Education” SGI at Commission on the Status of Women in New York Global:

    From March 11 to 22, the 68th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW68) was held at the UN Headquarters in New York. On March 13, the SGI (Soka Gakkai International) cohosted a parallel event titled “Overcoming Poverty: Young Women’s Leadership through Education.” Permanent Representative of the Republic of Slovenia to the United Nations Ambassador Boštjan Malovrh spoke at the event, as did Ute Scholz, president of Zonta International, and Elisa Gazzotti of the SGI Office for UN Affairs.

    On March 14, the SGI cohosted another parallel event titled “Financing Peace for Gender Equality: Advancing the Financing of the 1325 Agenda.” Four panelists discussed topics such as the relationship between national security and violence against women, and the need to support girls’ education.