TOKYO (ots-PRNewswire) - Soka Gakkai International (SGI) President
Daisaku Ikeda today released his annual peace proposal, "Peace
Through Dialogue: A Time to Talk," calling for the immediate
establishment of an international conflict resolution committee
within the UN system to help assure the application of international
human rights and humanitarian law in conflict-plagued regions.
Released today to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the founding of
the SGI, the proposal offers many concrete proposals for action.
Since the end of the Cold War, regional and internal conflicts
have claimed more than four million lives; 90 percent of these people
were unarmed civilians, women and children. The international
community, says Ikeda, must act early to bring all parties into the
negotiating process before a given conflict escalates into
large-scale, protracted violence.
The proposed committee would enhance the monitoring and early
warning functions of the United Nations by holding public hearings
that would seek to bring the parties to a conflict face-to-face in an
open and neutral setting.
The proposal explores, from a Buddhist perspective, the need to
overcome the tendencies toward attachment and discrimination in the
depths of individuals' lives. Many conflicts stem from the assumption
that transient and superficial differences are permanent and
definitive. The author asserts that humans are capable of challenging
such assumptions and that such inner change can help create a truly
robust global culture of peace.
Other highlights include:
A concerted effort to eliminate poverty worldwide -- a global
Marshall Plan equivalent to that used to rebuild Europe's shattered
economies after World War II. As poverty is both a result and a cause
of conflict, such programs should be funded through reductions in
global military expenditures, currently estimated at US$700 billion
The placement of "UN Embassies" in countries as a means of
bringing the functions of various UN agencies together in a single
venue, with a consolidated point of liaison with governments. This
would focus and enhance the work of the United Nations in human
The creation of a "Northeast Asia Peace University" to promote
exchange, interaction and confidence building in the region. Mongolia
is proposed as a possible site, as the Mongolian government has
official relations with all of the countries of Northeast Asia.
Soka Gakkai International is a lay Buddhist movement with over 12
million members in 148 countries. Its founding meeting was held on
the island of Guam on January 26, 1975 with participants from 51
countries. SGI members' activities to promote peace, culture and
education are based on the longstanding traditions of Buddhist
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