A world interfaith organisation has marked its 40th anniversary with a plea for more disarmament in a divided and dangerous world.
The call came at a conference aimed to inspire mahoroba, the ancient Japanese concept of harmony and unity.
The Religions for Peace oranisation and its youth network were also concluding a global petition for "shared security," which calls for a reduction in nuclear weapons and the reallocation of the world's military spending by 10 per cent to help achieve the United Nations Millennium Development Goals.
These goals target major and measurable poverty reduction across the world by 2015, and were the subject of a recent UN review gathering.
The Religions for Peace network has collected more than 13.5 million signatures on its petition, many of them in Japan, but also from 30 other countries.
The signatures are to be presented to United Nations Secretary-General ,Ban Ki-Moon, the permanent members of the Security Council, and also to world leaders.
The Mahoroba Statement was adopted on 28 September 2010 in Japan's ancient capital city of Nara, where the New York-based organisation held its very first world assembly in 1970.
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