WE RUN FOR PEACE!
The Run for Peace (RFP) is a non-competitive biennial event organised by Soka Gakkai Malaysia (SGM). The first RFP took place in 2005, and since then, there have been eight successful runs. The most recent one in 2019 had 115,000 participants across 28 locations in Malaysia.
The Run for Peace (RFP) is inspired by the philosophy and ideals of Soka Gakkai International President, Mr Daisaku Ikeda, who has been submitting annual peace proposals to the United Nations since 1983. In 1957, his mentor, Mr Josei Toda, called for the youth to work towards abolishing nuclear weapons from the world. This moment marked the beginning of the SGI's peace movement.
In line with this vision, RFP focuses on promoting a culture of peace in Malaysia, with a special emphasis on the issue of nuclear disarmament. Along with the run, Soka Gakkai Malaysia (SGM) has been working with like-minded individuals and organisations, and organising various activities like peace exhibitions, talks and other programmes to spread awareness about nuclear weapons abolition. During the 2019 RFP, some Malaysian parliamentarians also signed the ICAN Parliamentary Pledge for the TPNW. Then, on 30 September 2020, Malaysia ratified the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW), with the treaty coming into force in January 2021.
SGM has collaborated with various organisations, including government agencies, NGOs, and educational institutions such as the Ministry of Youth and Sports, Department of National Unity and Integration, State Governments, Malaysia Red Crescent Society, and many others in organising the RFP events.
What makes Run for Peace unique?
The Run for Peace (RFP) is the largest peace-themed activity in the country. It provides a unique platform for Malaysians of various cultural and religious backgrounds to come together, foster friendships, and connect for the sake of peace. The slogan for RFP is “Peace starts with me!”, emphasising that positive change begins with each individual. This message empowers participants and reminds them that their actions can contribute to creating harmony and peace in their communities, societies, countries, and the world as a whole.
Peace starts with me!
ActNOW for SDGs!
Run for Peace 2023 Focus
While we continue our fight for a world without nuclear weapons, this year's RFP will see a transition towards the adoption of the broader theme of Peace with sustainability of the planet using the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a focus. The spirit of Run for Peace is encapsulated in the SDGs which provide "a shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet, now and into the future." Since the inaugural run, the slogan "Peace starts with me!" has been used for every edition of the RFP. This year, an additional slogan is introduced - "ActNOW for SDGs!"
What are the SDGs?
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) comprise 17 global goals that are interconnected and aim to create a shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet, both now and in the future. These goals were adopted by the United Nations in September 2015, representing a universal call for action to protect the planet, end poverty, and ensure peace and prosperity for all people by 2030.
Achieving the SDGs through RFP
It's time to take action and protect our planet for generations to come. From reducing waste to supporting local eco-friendly events, each small step we take can make a huge difference. From this year onwards, we are embarking on a more sustainable Run for Peace. Our efforts will include incorporating eco-friendly practices and implementing waste minimisation policy.
The New Run for Peace T-shirt
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The t-shirt yarn complies with the Global Recycled Standard (GRS).
T-shirt printing is eco-friendly and uses non-toxic paint. It does not contain formalin.
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Soka Gakkai Malaysia (SGM) is an organisation that promotes peace in society through cultural exchanges and humanistic education, based on the life affirming philosophy of Nichiren Buddhism. “Soka means value creation. As Buddhists engaged in society, we believe that all human beings, regardless of gender, ethnicity or social standing, have the power to overcome life s challenges and develop a life of immense value.
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