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Back to listMar 15, 2005

"Building a Culture of Peace" Exhibition Opens at World Bank in Washington, D.C., USA

From March 7 through 11, "Building a Culture of Peace for the Children of the World," an exhibition appealing for a culture of peace centered on nonviolence and tolerance, was on display at the World Bank headquarters in Washington, D.C., USA. The Children and Youth Agency of the Human Development Network at World Bank sponsored the show.

Ribbon-cutting for "Building a Culture of Peace" exhibition (From left to right: Actor Patrick Duffy; Mr. Chowdhury; Ms. Mangiaterra; Mr. Sarbib; SGI-USA General Director Daniel Nagashima; and dance director Ronni Favors)

Anwarul K. Chowdhury, UN Under-Secretary-General and High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States, gave a congratulatory address at the March 7 opening. Vice President of Human Development Jean-Louis Sarbib said the World Bank aims to build a peaceful and equitable world for all, while providing people with hope for economic recovery and development. He said the current exhibition, organized and created by the SGI-USA, paves an ideal path toward that end. Viviana Mangiaterra, Children and Youth Agency advisor, shared her experience of participating in emergency rescue efforts in conflict ridden zones and highly evaluated "Building a Culture of Peace" for raising awareness of the value of condemning violence and reforming attitudes and lifestyles harmful to peacebuilding.

SGI-USA Vice General Director Bill Aiken introduced the show, which portrays the limitless potential of ordinary individuals to effect peace in the world. Illustrating the importance of building a culture of peace at all levels and across geopolitical lines, the exhibition highlights the work of a dozen people famous for their role in conflict resolution, while showcasing the artwork and essays of children, destined to inherit this task. Launched in August 2003, the exhibition traveled to various venues in the USA, including the United Nations Headquarters in New York City and Columbia University, Harvard University, as well as venues in Canada, Jordan, Spain and Switzerland. The exhibit will be shown at the UN Office in Geneva, Switzerland, later in the month.

[Visit "Building a Culture of Peace for the Children of the World" at: http://www.sgi-usa.org/newsandevents/exhibitions/cultureofpeace.php]