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In this year's Peace Proposal, SGI President Ikeda emphasises that 2015 could be a decisive moment in ridding the world of nuclear weapons. He proposes holding a conference for a nuclear weapon free world at the G8 Summit in 2015, which is also the seventieth anniversary of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

 

Dr Ikeda has issued a Peace Proposal every year since 1983. It is studied by senior staff at the United Nations and diplomats and politicians worldwide. 

Another major issue highlighted in this year's proposal is poverty. He writes, 'One pressing threat to the dignity of far too many people in our world today is poverty. The pervasive stress of economic deprivation is compounded when people feel that their very existence is disregarded, becoming alienated and being deprived of a meaningful role and place within society. This underlies the need for a socially inclusive approach focused on the restoration of a sense of connection with others and of purpose in life.

 

 

'Regardless of circumstance, all people inherently possess a life-state of ultimate dignity and are in this sense fundamentally equal and endowed with limitless possibilities. When we awaken to our original worth and determine to change present realities, we become a source of hope for others. Such a perspective is, I believe, valuable not only for the challenges of constructing a culture of human rights, but also for realizing a sustainable society.'

 

Read SGI President Ikeda's Peace Proposal here

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