"Building a Culture of Peace for the Children of the World" Exhibition Held at Wisma Kebudayaan SGM

14 Apr 2012

In conjunction with the "Month of Sustainable Development," SGM held a peace exhibition entitled "Building a Culture of Peace for the Children of the World" from April 14–29, 2012 at Wisma Kebudayaan SGM.

At the opening ceremony on April 14, 2012, SGM youth representative Lim Ti Ying stated in her welcoming remarks that the gathering was organised for one common purpose, that is, "peace for our children" and, on behalf of the SGM Youth Division, pledged "to begin peace with ourselves and fulfil our responsibility in raising healthy children worldwide."

Dr Victor P. Karunan, Deputy Representative, United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) was on hand to officiate the exhibition. He then expressed his agreement with the theme "A Culture of Peace" as a pre-requisite for a safe and protective environment for the development of children. Peace in the family, school and society, he pointed out, should be the norm rather than the exception.

He also stressed that, "Wars and conflicts are created and nurtured by adults, not children. We need to work with children and young people to strengthen their capacity and role in advocacy for peace and conflict-resolution." He praised SGM and Soka Gakkai International (SGI) for promoting the core human values of peace, human rights and justice around the world.

Also attending the opening were H.E. Rubén Perez Valdes, Ambassador of the Republic of Cuba and his wife Mrs Ileana Perez. This exhibition was produced by the SGI in 2003 to support the United Nations' Culture of Peace initiative and it brings together the ideas of hundreds of people and organisations dedicated to finding a path to lasting peace. Through this exhibition, SGI hopes to broaden the perspective and understanding of sustainable development with an emphasis on children and building a culture of peace for the sake of the children of the world. This is the core value of sustaining life on Earth in accordance with Principle 16 of the Earth Charter which states the shared responsibility to promote a culture of "tolerance, non-violence and peace".

SGI President Ikeda's children animation series was also screened during the exhibition while a series of educational activities entitled "Culture of Peace and I" were carried out.

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