SGI Cohosts Side Event at UN General Assembly First Committee
On October 11, the SGI (Soka Gakkai International) cohosted a side event on humanitarian disarmament education at the UN Headquarters in New York. The side event was part of the 77th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA77) First Committee on Disarmament and International Security. Permanent Representative of Kiribati Ambassador Teburoro Tito shared the devastating impact of nuclear tests held in his country, and Deputy Permanent Representative of Malaysia Azril Bin Abd Aziz stressed the importance of further promoting the TPNW. Other speakers included Anna Ikeda of the SGI Office for UN Affairs. On October 13, two joint statements, endorsed by the SGI among other groups, were delivered during the meeting of the First Committee. One focused on humanitarian disarmament, and the other on youth engagement and peace, disarmament and non-proliferation education.