‘Toward A Nuclear Free World’
This Report is a compilation of independent and in-depth news and analyses by IDN from April 2020 to March 2021. 2020-2021 was the fifth year of the INPS-IDN media project with the SGI, a lay Buddhist organization with headquarters in Tokyo.
But IDN has been a party to the joint project, first launched in 2009 in the wake of an agreement between the precursor of the International Press Syndicate (INPS) Japan and the SGI.
We are pleased that meanwhile, we are in the sixth year of the INPS-IDN’s joint media project with the SGI. This compilation comprises 33 articles analysing the developments related to proliferation and non-proliferation of nuclear weapons at multiple levels – governmental, intergovernmental and non-governmental. All articles have been translated into Japanese. Some have been translated into different languages, including Arabic, Bahasa, Chinese, German, Italian, Hindi, Korean, Malay, Norwegian, Swedish and Thai.
The backdrop to these articles is that nuclear-weapon states have been fiercely opposing the Nuclear Ban Treaty (TPNW), which has meanwhile entered into force. The nuclear weapons states argue that TPNW ignores the reality of vital security considerations. At the same time, the complete elimination of nuclear weapons is increasingly becoming a global collaborative effort calling for relentless commitment and robust solidarity between States, international organisations and civil society.
This compilation also includes an in-depth analysis of eminent Buddhist philosopher, educator, author, and nuclear disarmament advocate Dr. Daisaku Ikeda, who released his latest 39th annual peace proposal, titled “Value Creation in a Time of Crisis”, released on January 26. Dr Ikeda calls for further global cooperation to address the key issues of our time: extreme weather events that reflect the worsening problem of climate change and the onslaught of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic which continues to threaten social and economic stability throughout the world.
‘Striving for People, Planet and Peace’
This Report is a compilation of independent and in-depth news and analyses by IDN from April 2020 to March 2021. 2020-2021 is the fifth year of the INPS Group’s media project with the SGI, a lay Buddhist organization with headquarters in Tokyo.
But IDN has been a party to the previous joint projects on ‘Education for Global Citizenship’ and ‘Fostering Global Citizenship’ respectively—as the result of an agreement between the precursor of the International Press Syndicate (INPS) Japan and the SGI.
We are pleased that at the time of writing these lines, we are already in the sixth year of the INPS Group’s ‘SDGs for All’ joint media project with the SGI.
This compilation comprises 33 articles analysing developments and events related to a sustainable world, peace and security on the whole and its 17 Goals with 169 targets at multiple levels—governmental, intergovernmental and non-governmental. Some of the articles have been translated into several European and non-European languages. The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development—adopted by world leaders in September 2015 at a historic UN Summit—officially came into force in January 2016.
The SDGs, also known as Global Goals, are unique in that they call for action by all countries, poor, rich and middle-income to promote prosperity while protecting the planet. They recognize that ending poverty must go hand-in-hand with strategies that build economic growth and address a range of social needs including education, health, social protection, and job opportunities while tackling climate change and environmental protection.
Top image: Collage by Katsuhiro Asagiri, INPS Japan President