An anti-nuclear exhibition created by the Buddhist association Soka Gakkai International (SGI), "From a Culture of Violence to Culture of Peace: Transforming the Human Spirit," has opened in Vienna.
It began yesterday (4 October 2010) at the Rotunda of the Vienna International Centre, where it is being staged in cooperation with the NGO Committee on Peace.
The exhibition's opening reception was attended by UN officials, diplomats, and NGO activists.
Vienna is the location of the headquarters of the IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency) and where the CTBTO (Comprehensive Nuclear-Test ban Treaty Organisation) Preparation Commission is situated.
The exhibition consists of 36 panels highlighting the 'precarious logic' of arms-based security and examining the need to abolish nuclear weapons from the perspective of human security.
SGI has recently intensified its awareness-raising efforts as part of its People's Decade for Nuclear Abolition campaign (http://www.peoplesdecade.org ), with a special focus on youth. Earlier in 2010, Soka Gakkai youth in Japan gathered over 2 million signatures on a petition calling for a Nuclear Weapons Convention which would comprehensively ban nuclear weapons.
Hiromasa Ikeda, Vice President of SGI, stressed that the association had focused its efforts on "challenging those aspects of our collective mentality that, consciously or unconsciously, accept the continued existence of nuclear weapons."
SGI is an international Buddhist association with 12 million members that promotes peace, culture and education. SGI has a 50-year track record of efforts for the abolition of nuclear weapons.
The exhibition will be on display until 15 October 2010.