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Supporting the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons

SGI has a longstanding and deeply held conviction about the need to prohibit all nuclear weapons, leading to their total elimination. 

SGI-UK is an active partner with Religions for Peace and ICAN 

On May 2 2016, a group of diverse faith-based organizations, including SGI, issued a powerful interfaith statement highlighting the moral and ethical imperatives for the abolition of nuclear weapons, to mark the second session of the 2016 UN Open-ended Working Group (OEWG) taking forward multilateral nuclear disarmament negotiations being held in Geneva.

The statement reads: 
“Nuclear weapons are incompatible with the values upheld by our respective faith traditions—the right of people to live in security and dignity; the commands of conscience and justice; the duty to protect the vulnerable and to exercise the stewardship that will safeguard the planet for future generations.”

In recent years too, the international community, supported by the views of organisations such as the International Red Cross, has clarified the inability to respond to even the smallest nuclear detonation. The Humanitarian Pledge has been developed.

All these developments influenced the ground breaking adoption in July 2017 of The Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, adopted by the UN with 122 countries signing. This is a treaty banning nuclear weapons. Two thirds of UN member states were involved in the negotiations , with the aim of it becoming international law.  This ends two decades of paralysis in multilateral nuclear disarmament efforts.

On 10th December 2017 ICAN (International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons) was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. ICAN had also worked to secure the Treaty in the United Nations. SGI-UK was a founder member among the group of organisations creating ICAN. 

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