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Nuclear Abolition Petition Submitted to UN

Presenting the signatures to Virginia Gamba of the UN Office for Disarmament Affairs [© SGI-USA]

On May 19, SGI-USA youth visited the UN Headquarters in New York to present petitions signed by more than 8,500 youth calling for the abolition of nuclear weapons. They met with Virginia Gamba, the Director and Deputy to the High Representative for Disarmament Affairs of the UN Office for Disarmament Affairs.

These signatures, presented during the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) Review Conference, were signed by youth representing nearly every segment of American society and from all corners of the country.

The petition stated: "We believe that popular opinion will be the foundation of an international norm for the abolition of nuclear weapons . . . We, the youth of America, pledge our commitment to expand the network of young people in support of a treaty to prohibit nuclear weapons, as a step toward ridding the world of such weapons by the year 2030."

This effort is part of the SGI's larger global peace initiative. In 2013, Soka Gakkai youth representatives presented United Nations officials with the signatures of 5 million youth from Japan calling for the abolition of nuclear weapons.