TOKYO, Jan. 27, 2014 /CNW/ - In his annual peace proposal, "Value
Creation for Global Change: Building Resilient and Sustainable
Societies," released on January 26, Daisaku Ikeda, president of the
Soka Gakkai International (SGI) Buddhist association, calls for
increased regional cooperation in response to extreme weather events
and natural disasters. He also proposes a comprehensive program of
global citizenship education and the holding of a youth summit on
nuclear abolition in Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 2015.
Ikeda stresses the need to increase resilience so that societies and
individuals are better equipped to withstand natural and climate
change-related disasters. He proposes a focus on creating positive
value and strengthening human solidarity as means of helping
communities better withstand sudden shocks and dislocations.
He proposes viewing disaster preparedness, disaster relief and
post-disaster recovery as integrated processes. Further, he stresses
that strengthening regional cooperation to address disasters can both
enhance mutual understanding and redefine regional and national
security from the present "zero-sum" approach. As a start, he suggests
building on the existing ASEAN Regional Forum, consisting of the ASEAN
nations plus Japan, China, South Korea and other countries, developing
an Asia Recovery Resilience Agreement, expanding sister city agreements
and holding a summit among Japan, China and South Korea toward
cooperation on disaster response and environmental issues.
Ikeda stresses the need to include education in the proposed
international framework of goals to follow the Millennium Development
Goals beyond 2015. He suggests a focus on education for global
citizenship with three broad aims: deepening understanding of the
challenges facing humanity, exploring their causes and instilling
confidence that they can be solved; monitoring signs of global
phenomena at the local level and empowering people to respond to them;
and fostering a spirit of coexistence with neighboring countries.
He urges focused action to rid the world of nuclear weapons and applauds
the Joint Statement on the Humanitarian Consequences of Nuclear Weapons
submitted to the UN General Assembly First Committee in October 2013.
Warning of the catastrophic humanitarian consequences of any detonation
of nuclear weapons, the Joint Statement was endorsed by 125 countries,
including Japan. He calls for a non-use agreement among the
nuclear-weapon states as a key step toward abolition.
Ikeda reiterates his belief that 2015, the 70th anniversary of the
nuclear bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, offers a vital opportunity
for the holding of a nuclear abolition summit. Specifically, he
proposes a youth summit to amplify the voices of young people
determined to rid the world of these outdated and destabilizing
weapons. He introduces results of a survey carried out in 2013 by youth
members of the SGI in nine countries which showed that 90% of young
people consider nuclear weapons inhumane, while 80% want a treaty
"A Forum for Peace, Daisaku Ikeda's Proposals to the UN," a book
containing highlights of 30 years of Ikeda's peace proposals, was
published by I.B. Tauris in January 2014, with a foreword by Ambassador
Anwarul K. Chowdhury, former Under-Secretary-General and High
Representative of the UN.
Daisaku Ikeda (1928- ) is a Buddhist philosopher, peacebuilder and
author. He is president of the Soka Gakkai International (SGI) lay
Buddhist network with 12 million members around the world. Since 1983,
Ikeda has issued peace proposals addressing key global issues and in
support of the United Nations on January 26 every year, the anniversary
of the founding of the SGI in 1975.
SOURCE: Soka Gakkai International
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