“Peace is not the absence of war. The surest way to peace is by fostering people of character. It lies in sowing and nurturing the seed of peace – the desire within each individual to respect and embrace other human beings. It’s about fostering self-motivated, empowered individuals who will confront the forces that lead nations to war” - Daisaku Ikeda
The ultimate aim of the SGI is the establishment of a peaceful world. Towards that end, the SGI actively promotes peace as a Non-Government Organization (NGO), affiliated with United Nations. As a broad-based grassroots movement spanning 190 countries, the SGI’s activities typically focus on public education and awareness building on the themes of peace, humanitarian relief, environment protection and human rights.
Since the early 1980s, the SGI has sponsored exhibitions that have toured the world with a focus on nuclear disarmament, war and peace, children’s art and sustainable living.
Beginning in 1997, the SGI has become an active partner in the international movement to promote the “Earth Charter” as a set of ethics and values for sustainable living.
Every year since 1983, Dr Ikeda presents a peace proposal that offers practical, workable solutions to questions of human security and world peace, ased on Buddhist ideals and philosophy. The peace proposals are Dr Ikeda's endeavour to work with the UN - which he refers to as "the congress of humanity" - in order to realise the goals of peace, culture and education.
BSG has organized symposia on these peace proposals since 2004 as a part of its ongoing effort to engage with peace activists and foster a culture of peace, a climate of mutual respect and trust.